La Liga 2017/18: Barcelona 2-0 Malaga, Player ratings



Malaga managed to stifle Messi but couldn't stop Barcelona
Malaga managed to stifle Messi but couldn't stop Barcelona

Prieto: 7/10

Certainly, this was one of his easier outings this season. Supported ably by his defence, he pulled off a couple of impressive saves late in the second half. Would be gutted by the manner in which both the goals went past him.

Rosales: 6/10

Defending the right flank for Malaga, he put in a fairly decent performance. He was troubled a bit whenever Digne overlapped and in general got better of him. Attacking, he showed the willingness to join the attack but lacked the end product.

Hernandez: 8/10

Cala put in a good performance as he was constantly in the way of Messi and company, keeping them at bay for the majority of the game. He made a string of important interceptions and tackles to keep Getafe in the game.

Barcelona v Malaga - La Liga
Suarez was marshalled well by Hernandez

Baysse: 7/10

The centre-back was solid for the most part of the game and shut out Barca's strikers quite efficiently in both halves. However, he was outmuscled quite easily by Suarez who eventually failed to capitalize after going one on one with the goalkeeper.

Juankar: 7.5/10

He was absolutely solid for the most part of the game. He never allowed Deulofeu any joy on his side and delivered a couple of amazing crosses in the box as his strikers missed those chances. However, once Deulofeu was taken off, he did struggle against the combo of Semedo and Roberto.

Rolon: 6.5/10

The midfielder was combative and very efficient in possession. He was intelligent in distribution and defended resolutely. Though this was not his best outing, he surely did his job reasonably well.

Adrian: 7/10

Adrian had a decent game. Though he was not much influential in the second half, he came out on top in the midfield battle against Barca’s midfield during the initial 45 minutes. His distribution was efficient if not eye-catching.

Keko: 5.5/10

The winger, for the most part, was seen in his own half defending. In attack, he was unspectacular as always and was limited to a couple of hopeful crosses that never hit their target.

Penaranda: 6/10

A major threat for Barcelona's defence throughout the time he was on the pitch. He ran himself to the ground, such was his work rate as he floated all over the pitch, winning balls and initiating the attack.

Castro: 5/10

Castro was probably Malaga's worst player going forward. He was not involved much in buildup plays and missed a golden opportunity in the first half to equalize off an amazing cross from Juankar.

Rolan: 7/10

Rolan started the game for the Andulasian club and was probably their best player in the first half. However, his night was cut short because of a hamstring injury. Taken off at halftime.


Juanpi: 5.5/10

He came on for Rolan at the halftime but could never keep up his good work. He drifted out of the game and was fairly anonymous.

Cecchini: 6/10

On for Rolon with twenty minutes to go, he did his fair bit defensively. Although he was not as solid at the base of midfield as Rolon, he did get the job done.

Borja Baston: N/A

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Edited by Amit Mishra
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