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Raphinha Gets 8, Busquets With 7.5 | Barcelona Players Rated In Narrow Win Vs Athletic Bilbao

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Barcelona faced off against Athletic Bilbao at the San Mames Stadium earlier today as they hoped to earn a good result on the road in La Liga. The Catalan outfit made a good start to the game and managed to get their noses ahead courtesy of Raphinha‘s goal in the first half injury-time. Barca went into the half-time break 1-0 to the good.

Xavi’s men controlled the game well in the second 45 minutes and earned a narrow 1-0 win away from home.

Let’s take a look at how each Barcelona player fared during the match against Bilbao.

GK: Marc-André ter Stegen – 7.5/10

The German keeper made a handful of promising saves at the back and secured a well-deserved clean sheet tonight.

RB: Sergi Roberto – 7/10

The Spaniard was solid when defending inside his half and had a couple of lively moments going forward.

CB: Jules Kounde – 7.5/10

Kounde cleared the danger when required and did enough to keep a clean sheet in the end.

CB: Andreas Christensen – 7/10

He made a lot of important clearances at the back and was a strong presence in the air.

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LB: Alejandro Balde – 7/10

Balde was hardly worked defensively. However, he did make a handful of driving runs with the ball on the left flank.

CM: Gavi – 7.5/10

Gavi did his fair share of defending and put in a bright display in the Bilbao half.

CM: Sergio Busquets – 7.5/10

He anchored the midfield with conviction and picked up an assist for setting up Raphinha’s goal.

CM: Frenkie de Jong – 7/10

De Jong moved the ball really well from midfield and managed to create one good chance in the final third.

RW: Raphinha – 8/10

He was a constant menace on the left wing and scored the only goal of the contest in the dying embers of the first half.

ST: Robert Lewandowski – 7/10

Lewandowski had a few strikes at goal but didn’t do enough to get his name on the scoresheet.

LW: Ferran Torres – 6/10

He made one good run with the ball but hardly got a sniff at goal.


CM: Franck Kessie – 6/10

Kessie added more energy to Xavi’s midfield.

LB: Marcos Alonso – N/A

He didn’t get enough time to influence the game.

LW: Ansu Fati – N/A

Fati got stuck in with a couple of tackles.

RW: Angel Alarcon – N/A

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


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