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Lewandowski Gets 8, Balde With 6.5 | Barcelona Players Rated In Lackluster Loss Vs Rayo Vallecano

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Barcelona locked horns with Rayo Vallecano at the Estadio de Vallecas earlier tonight as they focused on securing a win on their travels in La Liga. The Catalan club made a poor start to the contest as they conceded the opening goal when Alvaro Garcia Rivera found the back of the net for the home side. Barca failed to mount a comeback and went into the half-time interval 1-0 down on the scoreline.

Fran Garcia doubled Rayo Vallecano’s lead in the 53rd minute before Robert Lewandowski got a goal back for Barcelona in the 83rd minute. However, it was too little too late for Xavi’s side as they crashed to a lackluster 2-1 loss away from home.

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

GK: Marc-André ter Stegen – 6.5/10

The German keeper made a few important saves at the back but still ended up conceding a couple of goals tonight.

RB: Jules Kounde – 6.5/10

He made a few solid tackles and was lively on the right flank.

CB: Ronald Araujo – 6/10

Araujo put his foot through the ball when required but his efforts were not enough.

CB: Marcos Alonso – 6/10

The Spaniard failed to keep things solid at the back and was replaced in the 56th minute.

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MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 26: Xavi, Head Coach of FC Barcelona, looks on prior to the LaLiga Santander match between Rayo Vallecano and FC Barcelona at Campo de Futbol de Vallecas on April 26, 2023 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

LB: Alejandro Balde – 6.5/10

Balde pulled off two important defensive contributions and made some decent runs with the ball.

CM: Pedri – 6/10

He struggled to get into the flow of the game and produced an uninspiring display at the centre of the park.

CM: Frenkie de Jong – 6/10

De Jong had some bright moments in the game but it was not enough in the end.

CM: Gavi – 6/10

He failed to dictate the tempo of the game and was disappointing going forward.

RW: Raphinha – 6.5/10

Raphinha had some bright moments in the final third but failed to register a goal.

ST: Robert Lewandowski – 8/10

The Polish striker was a constant menace in the final third and managed to get his name on the scoresheet late in the game.

LW: Ferran Torres – 6/10

Torres caused some problems for the opposition but never looked like he would score.


LB: Jordi Alba – 6/10

He earned the ball back once.

LW: Ansu Fati – 6/10

Fati made one crucial interception.

CM: Franck Kessie – 6/10

Kessie added some energy to Xavi’s midfield.

CB: Eric Garcia – 6.5/10

He was solid at the back.

CM: Pablo Torre – 6.5/10

Torre came back to defend when needed.

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