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Raphinha Gets 9, Alonso With 7 | Barcelona Players Rated In Hard-Fought Draw Vs Manchester United

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Barcelona entertained Manchester United at the Nou Camp earlier tonight as they hoped to secure a good result in the UEFA Europa League. The Catalan giants made a bright start to the game but were held to a scoreless draw at the half-time break.

Marcos Alonso gave Barca the lead in the 50th minute with a good header. However, Marcus Rashford equalised for Man United just two minutes later with a great finish. Jules Kounde scored an unfortunate own goal in the 59th minute. However, Raphinha managed to net the equaliser for Barca in the 76th minute when he delivered a great cross but the ball missed everyone and went into the Man United net. The contest ended with Barcelona being held to a 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp.

Let’s take a look at how each Barcelona player performed during the clash against the Red Devils.

GK: Marc-André ter Stegen – 6.5/10

The German keeper made a few crucial saves at the back but still conceded two goals tonight.

RB: Ronald Araujo – 6.5/10

He looked shaky at the back but had some lively moments in the Man United half.

CB: Jules Kounde – 6.5/10

Kounde scored an unfortunate own goal close to the hour mark. However, he ended the game with an assist to his name.

CB: Marcos Alonso – 7/10

The Spaniard didn’t do much wrong at the back and scored a good goal to open the goal-scoring for Barca early in the second half.

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LB: Jordi Alba – 7/10

He was a positive influence at both ends of the field but got replaced in the 66th minute.

CM: Frenkie de Jong – 6.5/10

De Jong came back to defend when required and made one decent run with the ball.

CM: Franck Kessie – 6.5/10

He anchored the midfield well at times and was good on the ball.

RW: Raphinha – 9/10

The Brazilian talent struck the ball with a lot of venom from long range and deserves the man of the match award for scoring and creating a goal for Barca tonight.

CAM: Pedri – 6/10

He struggled to get into the flow of the game and was replaced in the 40th minute.

LW: Gavi – 7/10

Gavi had a couple of bright moments in the game but failed to register a goal.

ST: Robert Lewandowski – 7/10

The Polish striker was a constant menace in the final third but struggled to finish off his chances.


CM: Sergi Roberto – 6/10

He made one key chance in the final third.

CB: Andreas Christensen – 6/10

Christensen kept things solid at the back.

LB: Alejandro Balde – 6/10

He made one decent run with the ball.

LW: Ansu Fati – 6.5/10

Fati made an instant impact off the bench but there was no goal for him.

RW: Ferran Torres – N/A

He came on for the final few minutes of the game.

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