Barcelona 6-1 Girona: Player Ratings
Ernesto Valverde's FC Barcelona bounced back after their disappointing 1-1 draw in midweek against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League, with a thumping win over neighbours Girona at the Nou Camp last night.
The Catalan derby got off to a flying start when the visitors grabbed a shocking lead in the 3rd minute through Portu but the celebrations did not last long as Luis Suarez hit back almost immediately to level things up.
Lionel Messi was Barcelona's talisman yet again as he netted a brace and became the creator in chief for Suarez's second goal on the night to help the hosts reach half-time with a comfortable 4-1 lead.
Philippe Coutinho added to the tally in the 66th minute with a signature curling effort from 20 yards out, and Suarez capped off an impressive performance on the night by completing his hat-trick 10 minutes later to take the match ball home.
Without further delay, let's take a closer look at how players from both sides fared during the match:
Bono - 4/10
The Moroccan in goal for the visitors had a tough time trying to stop the wrath of the likes of Suarez and Messi. Bono was not handed any favours from his teammates and ended up conceding 6 times on the night.
Jonas Ramalho - 5/10
Ramalho was part of a back three that was handed the mammoth task of preserving a lead at the Nou Camp and they failed to deliver the goods on the night, like anyone would expect. The defender did very little to prevent the hosts from running riot on their way to a comfortable victory.
Bernardo Espinosa - 5/10
Deployed at the centre of defence, the Colombian struggled to keep Luis Suarez quiet in the first half and was constantly kept on his toes by the Barcelona attackers who hardly put a foot wrong on the night.
Juanpe - 5/10
Like his companions, even Juanpe was kept busy for the majority of the game and the Spaniard failed to offer any significant resistance that could've helped the visitors turn the tie around. Booked.
Pablo Maffeo - 6/10
Maffeo was constantly trying to force the initiative on the hosts at the flanks and worked tirelessly to try and create an opening for his side. The full-back, on loan from Manchester City, was equally aware of his defensive duties but could do very little to prevent Barcelona from hitting top gear.
Pere Pons - 5/10
The Spaniard failed to influence the game through the middle of the park and struggled whenever he was pitted against the best in the form of Philippe Coutinho and Sergio Busquets. Pons struggled throughout the game and never really looked like kicking on.
Alex Granell - 5/10
Granell did not enjoy a lot of his involvement in the game just like many of his teammates as Girona slowly, but steadily got steamrolled by an impressive performance from the hosts. The midfielder would feel that he should have offered more down the middle for his side.
Borja Garcia - 6/10
Garcia did not have a spectacular night but he looked like one of the players who were less intimidated by the occasion and the opponents on the night. The midfielder would have loved more involvement on the ball to try and create something for the visitors.
Anthony Lozano - 5/10
The attacker failed to hit the ground running for Girona and was let down on a number of occasions due to his poor technique and overall approach to the game. Lozano wasn't helped by the fact that he had absolutely no one to try and link-up with for major portions of the game either.
Portu - 6/10
Portu did well to pounce on an opportunity and provide Girona with the opening goal in the 3rd minute. However, he could do very little from there on, and watched as Barcelona took the game by the scruff of its neck to dominate proceedings.
Aday Benitez - 5/10
Benitez hardly provided any stability up front and failed to establish himself as the focal point for Girona's attacking movements on the night. The Spaniard was substituted at half-time and looking back at his performance, he would feel that he could have done much better.
Carles Planas - 5/10
Planas replaced Benitez after the restart following half-time, but offered very little threat to the Barcelona defenders who did well to keep things quiet.
Aleix Garcia - 6/10
The midfielder looked positive and was always looking for the right pass after replacing Borja Garcia just after the hour mark. Aleix Garcia can become a key player if he is entrusted with the responsibility of playing games like this at a tender age.
Douglas Luiz - 5/10
Luiz replaced Portu in the 70th minute but the game was done and dusted by that time, and he was given too little time to try and make anything happen for the visitors.