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Player ratings from Barcelona’s win over Valencia

Barcelona will take a one-goal lead into the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final against Valencia.

Luis Suarez struck in the second half, heading home Lionel Messi’s cross to give the Catalan giants a 1-0 win in the first leg.

Messi’s centre took a slight deflection off the goalkeeper but that didn’t stop Suarez who found the net via the arm of a defender.

Barca dominated possession and territory but Valencia frustrated the hosts up until Suarez broke the deadlock on 67 minutes.

Here are the full player ratings…


Jasper Cillessen 6 – The Dutch stopper had nothing to do.

Sergi Roberto 5 – Was given a difficult time by Andreas Pereira but improved after the Brazilian was forced off injured.

Gerard Pique 6 – A solid display from the Catalan, who got forward looking for the second goal late on.

Samuel Umtiti 8 – The French defender just gets better and better, oozing confidence and, surprisingly for a centre-back, flair.

Jordi Alba 7 – Good work from Alba down the left led to the opener, when he combined well with Messi.

Sergio Busquets 7 – Pulled the strings for Barcelona in midfield, directing the play in the second half especially.

Ivan Rakitic 6 – Worked hard in midfield and got into the area to try and force a breakthrough too, although ultimately could not impact the game going forward.

Aleix Vidal 5 – Handed a surprise start but could not make the most of it, with some heavy passes and disappointing link up play.

Andres Iniesta 6 – The skipper was reliable on the ball, even though he couldn’t break Valencia down. Brought off for Paco Alcacer in the second half.

Lionel Messi 8 – Barcelona’s best player, as usual, and for long periods the only player who was determined to make something happen. His scooped cross led to the breakthrough goal.

Luis Suarez 7 – Scored the goal that gives Barcelona the advantage going into the second leg with a diving header. Typically battling display.


Philippe Coutinho 7 – Lively appearance and tested the goalkeeper with a long range effort.

Paulinho 5 – The Brazilian has been off his game since Christmas and had no impact from the bench.

Paco Alcacer – n/a


Domenech 7, Montoya 6, Vezo 6, Gabriel 7, Gaya 6, Soler 6 (Ferran), Coquelin 6, Parejo 7, Pereira 7 (Maksimovic 6), Rodrigo 5 (Mina), Vietto 6.


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