Barcelona Player Ratings From Thrilling Champions League Clash With Manchester City

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How Barca’s stars got on against the new boys of European football.

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It may not have been the best of performances by Barcelona in their Champions League last-16 second-leg with Manchester City, but they are through to yet another quarter-final.

Goals from Lionel Messi and Dani Alves helped secure a 2-1 victory at the Nou Camp to take the Catalans through 4-1 on aggregate.

Here’s how the Barca players rated:

Victor Valdes – 6

Made an excellent save to deny Edin Dzeko on what was a relatively quiet night for the goalkeeper – who is departing Barca at the end this season.

Dani Alves – 7

An energetic performance from the Brazilian who burst forward at every available opportunity and like three weeks earlier at the Etihad Stadium, got on the score-sheet.

Gerard Pique – 6

Made some important challenges, but the fact they were last ditch will be worrying for head coach Gerardo Martino, including a great interception to stop Fernandinho from shooting.

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Javier Mascherano – 6

Was solid enough at the back despite many thinking the Argentine would struggle with the physicality of Dzeko.

Jordi Alba – 7

Bombed forward at every available opportunity and made some intelligent runs to get in behind Pablo Zabaleta.

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