Barcelona clashed heads with Shakhtar Donetsk at the Volksparkstadion earlier tonight as they hoped to secure a good result on the road in the UEFA Champions League. The Catalan club made a decent start to the game but conceded the opening goal in the 40th minute when Danylo Sikan found the back of the net for the home team. Barca went into the half-time break 1-0 down on the scoreline.
Xavi’s men failed to find the equaliser in the second 45 minutes and crashed to a disappointing 1-0 loss away from home.
Let’s take a look at how each Barcelona player performed during the match against Shakhtar Donetsk.
GK: Marc-Andre ter Stegen – 6.5/10
The German keeper made a few solid saves at the back but failed to keep a clean sheet.
RB: Joao Cancelo – 7.5/10
Cancelo gave a good account of himself on the defensive end of the field and had a great game in the Shakhtar half.
CB: Ronald Araujo – 7/10
He got stuck in with a few solid tackles and was a good presence on the ball.
CB: Andreas Christensen – 7/10
Christensen did his fair share of defending and made one key chance going forward.
LB: Marcos Alonso – 6.5/10
The Spaniard earned the ball back twice and had one bright moment on the left flank. He was replaced in the 59th minute.
CM: Ilkay Gundogan – 7/10
He made a few promising runs with the ball but there was no goal for him.
CM: Oriol Romeu – 6/10
Romeu was not shy of making a tackle but failed to influence the game in the final third.
CM: Gavi – 6/10
He made one decent run with the ball but never looked like he would score.
RW: Raphinha – 6/10
Raphinha made two impressive runs with the ball but failed to find the back of the net.
ST: Robert Lewandowski – 6.5/10
He caused a few headaches for the opposition defenders and won a couple of aerial duels.
LW: Ferran Torres – 6.5/10
The Spaniard made two positive runs with the ball on the left flank but failed to register a goal.
LW: Joao Felix – 6/10
His impact on the game was minimal.
CM: Pedri – 6/10
The Spanish talent struggled to get into the rhythm of the game.
RW: Lamine Yamal – 7/10
Yamal completed some dangerous dribbles in the Shakhtar half.
LB: Alejandro Balde – 6/10
He was solid at the back.
CAM: Fermin Lopez – N/A