Barcelona player ratings as Griezmann avoids Ibiza shock
Antoine Griezmann's second-half double ensured Barça avoided Copa del Rey embarrassment against Ibiza on Wednesday.
Still to keep a clean sheet for Barcelona. The Brazilian could have done more to keep out Javi Pérez's goal, although he may well have been slightly wrong-footed by the deflection the ball took of Pep Caballé. After the woodwork spared Barça from going further behind to Raí Nascimento's shot, Neto did react quickly to produce a sterling stop when Ángel Rodado gathered the loose ball. The former Valencia keeper, who almost had to come off after a nasty fall in the second half, remains unconvincing.
Picked as part of three-man defence, Roberto showed plenty of heart but looked uncomfortable as a centre-back and put in an error-prone performance. With ball at feet, he wasn't helped by the playing surface. Quique Setién will have to look for other ways of putting together a back three.
Lenglet isn't in good nick. The Frenchman is not being authoritative enough, he's struggling to make the right decisions, and is generally a jittery presence. His shoulder-to-shoulder fragility was almost to blame for a second goal for Ibiza, only for Rodado's finish to be disallowed.
Not even the presence of a coach who knows him inside out seems to have had a positive effect on Firpo. Poor in defence and lacking in ideas in attack. The case for arguing that the left-back simply isn't good enough for Barcelona is growing stronger by the day.
Frenkie de Jong:
Although it was De Jong who conjured up the defence-splitting through ball that set up Antoine Griezmann's equaliser, this was his worst performance as a Barcelona player. The pass was the only positive to take from what otherwise was a game to forget for the Dutchman.
All at sea and unable to settle in his unfamiliar role on the right of midfield in the first half, Semedo did at least improve in the second 45, seeking to offer more penetration on the flank.
A game to forget for the Croat, who seems to be crying out for a move. Although he was the first Barça player to send a shot on target - in the 67th minute - his largely innefective performance led him to be substituted by Setién.
Dreadful in every facet of the game. Perhaps it is harsh to criticise a player whose last first-team start was eight months ago, but this was a real opportunity missed for the 20-year-old. Performances like this are a vindication of Ernesto Valverde's reluctance to call on him.
A poor night for the youth product. If a forward spends half his time passing it backwards, you know something isn't going right. However, it is partly Setién's fault for deploying Pérez as a second striker, a position unfamiliar to the player. He was the first man to be substituted.
It is down to Griezmann's quality finishing that Barcelona are in the last 16. He had been having a terrible evening, but came up with a double which, looking at the Blaugrana's all-round display, feels almost like a miracle. First, he steered a fine assist by De Jong into the near corner, before, with extra time looming, firing in an angled effort after an excellent pass by Alba.
One of the few positives in Barcelona's display. Nothing came off for him in the first half, but after the break he took the team by the scruff of the neck and, cutting in from the right, made it his responsibility to make something happen in attack. Was unfortunate not to get a penalty for a challenge by Fran Grima.
Jordi Alba (on for Pérez in the 59th minute):
Alba came on in the 50th minute and brought some measure of order to a side all over the shop. Playing on the left wing, he brought balance, directness and penetration, and delivered the pass that set up Griezmann to score the winner.
Arthur Melo (on for Puig in the 70th minute):
Helped to improve the team's hitherto substandard use of the ball.
Arturo Vidal (on for Rakitic in the 81st minute):
The Chilean brought what he brings best: his ability to intimidate.
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