Roma player ratings in disappointing 4-1 loss to Barcelona with Alisson just 5 and Edin Dzeko 6

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De Rossi and Dzeko after a disappointing night for the Giallorossi

A calamitous night for Roma at the Camp Nou where two own goals – one each from Daniele De Rossi and Kosta Monolas – contributed to a 4-1 surrender in the first leg of the Champions League quarter final against Barcelona.

Here are our player ratings:

ROMA (4-5-1)

Alisson – 5: Fumbled two shots which were pretty much straight at him from Messi and Alba, and maybe could have done better with Suarez’s shot for the third goal. Did not inspire confidence at any stage.

Bruno – 6: Showed plenty of willingness to get forward down the right, especially in the first half, and did well defensively against Alba.

Kostas Manolas – 6: Worked hard to frustrate Suarez and made a great tackle to deny Messi in the first half, and was unfortunate to deflect Rakitic’s cross over his own line for the second goal.

Federico Fazio – 5: Occasionally uncomfortable defending against runners into the box, and didn’t show enough aggression to clear danger inside the area.

Aleksandar Kolarov – 5: Looked vulnerable defensively against Semedo, and was booked for a cynical trip on Messi. Curled a late free-kick over the top but otherwise had limited impact going forward.

Kevin Strootman – 5: Showed a good range of passing in midfield but was outplayed by Rakitic, giving too much space to the Barcelona man to play.

Daniele De Rossi – 6: Knitted his team together in midfield and worked hard to deny Messi space on the edge of the box, but unlucky to put through his own net. Tired after the break and was replaced, earning warm applause from home fans.

Lorenzo Pellegrini – 5: Won a free-kick on the edge of the box and fired it into the wall near the end of the first half. Otherwise quiet and was the first player to be replaced.

Alessandro Florenzi – 5: Limited impact on the right of Roma’s front three, although he did deliver a great cross for Perotti’s chance. Replaced with 20 minutes remaining.

Edin Dzeko – 6: Had a hopeful early penalty appeal waved away and struggled for much of the game, looking heavy-legged and ponderous, before pouncing to steer home a well-taken goal and give his team slender hope.

Diego Perotti – 6: Posed an early threat down the left but faded after that and missed a glorious headed chance early in the second half. Had a much better curling effort well saved by ter Stegen just before Roma’s goal.

SUBS:

Maxime Gonalons – 6: Came into midfield early in the second half and added power into the midfield, but produced a very poor touch inside the box to gift Suarez the final goal.

Stephan El-Sharaawy – 5: A late entrant on the right of attack, making little impact on the action.

Gregoire Defrel – 6: Came on late and nearly scored with his first touch, forcing a good save from ter Stegen. Bright display during his limited minutes.

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Barcelona v Roma player ratings as Gerard Pique earns a 9, while Samuel Umtiti gets a 5

Andy West 5/04/2018
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Barcelona put one foot in the Champions League semi-finals with an eventually commanding if fortuitous 4-1 win at home against Roma.

Two own goals, from Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas put Ernesto Valverde’s side 2-0 up and Gerard Pique made it 3-0. Edin Dzeko netted an away goal for the Giallorossi, but Luis Suarez’s late fourth put the game – and probably the tie – to bed.

Here, we take a look at the player ratings for both sides:

BARCELONA (4-4-2)

Marc-Andre ter Stegen – 6: Made a couple of excellent saves – one of his own making after an awful clearance – but could do nothing to keep out Dzeko’s goal. Occasionally struggled with his distribution as Roma harried him well.

Nelson Semedo – 7: Bright attacking outlet down the right and just about did enough defensively despite not always looking convincing. This was his first start since February but he should get some more soon.

Gerard Pique – 9: Manned the fort defensively with commendable control and discipline, and found time to stride forward and tap home the third goal. Also made a couple of key blocks inside his area in an outstanding display.

Samuel Umtiti – 5: Conceded a free-kick on the edge of the box with an ill-timed challenge, and was lucky to be unpunished after day-dreaming with a cross in the second half. Well below his usual standards.

Jordi Alba – 6: Gave his team plenty of attacking thrust with overlapping runs, even though he couldn’t find his usual connection with Messi.

Sergi Roberto – 6: Energetic display in midfield, regularly injecting a sense of urgency with his direct running but often lacking control in distribution, and always on the mark defensively. Replaced by Gomes near the end.

Ivan Rakitic – 8: Struck the post with a sharp cross-shot and had another effort deflected over. Always prominent in midfield, regularly anticipating well to gain possession, and delivered a fantastic low cross for the second goal.

Sergio Busquets – 6: Didn’t exert his usual impact in the first half, seemingly struggling for full fitness after his recent injury. Replaced 20 minutes into the second half by Paulinho.

Andres Iniesta – 7: Played an integral role with the opener, ‘assisting’ De Rossi’s own goal, and produced some velvet touches and changes of pace to open up the visiting defence before being replaced near the end.

Lionel Messi – 6: Uncharacteristically sloppy in the first half, regularly being caught in possession, although he did test Alisson with a fierce drive. Sent a pair of second-half right-footed efforts too close to the keeper and skied another shot too high.

Luis Suarez – 7: Had an early strike rightly disallowed for offside, another shot deflected wide and forced a good low save from Alisson. Often clumsy in possession, but played a role in the third goal and netted the fourth well.

SUBS

Paulinho – 6: Came into midfield to add some physicality and filled that task well, but often slowed down his team’s possessions by taking too much touches on the ball.

Andre Gomes – N/A: Entered with less than ten minutes remaining and worked hard on the right of midfield.

Denis Suarez – N/A: Came on for the last few minutes and showed some silky touches, including the cross for the fourth goal.

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City player ratings in shock 3-0 loss to Liverpool with Leroy Sane a 4 and Kevin de Bruyne just 6

Alex Broun 5/04/2018
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City were pressured out of the game by a composed Reds

A disastrous evening for Pep Guardiola‘s City saw the Premier League champions-elect succumb to a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of a rampant Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

All of his sublimely talented squad put in sub-par performances in the first half when they were hassled out of the game by Jurgen Klopp’s superbly executed “gegen-pressing”. So poor were City they failed to get one shot on target in the entire 90 minutes.

Here are our playing ratings:

Manchester City

Ederson – 6: Not at fault for either of the three goals but nor did he pull off the de Gea like heroics that may have saved City.

Kyle Walker – 5: Surprisingly kept quiet by Andy Robertson in the first half, at fault for first goal. Came into the game more in the second half.

Nicolas Otamendi – 5: At fault for Liverpool’s first and third goals but tried hard to redeem himself pushing forward regularly without the accuracy that was required.

Vincent Kompany – 6: Seemed off the pace and shellshocked in the first half. More solid in the second half with Salah gone but not his best night.

Aymeric Laporte – 4: A superb tackle on Oxlade-Chamberlain kept the score at 3-0 and he was a calm presence in the City backline the whole night.

Ilkay Gundogan – 4: Played out of position on the left and was anonymous in the first period as Liverpool ran riot. Substituted on 56 mins for Sterling.

Fernandinho – 5: Lost Sadio Mane for the third goal and was smothered in the midfield, not his usual self either in terms of distribution or presence.

David Silva – 6: Worked hard during the night without getting that magic touch or assist and missed a great chance late on.

Kevin De Bruyne – 6: Tackled out of the match in the first half by Milner but started to exert some influence in the second period.

Gabriel Jesus – 5: Unseen in the first half but came into more in the second half. Frustrated much of the night and inaccurate in front of goal.

Leroy Sane – 4: A sloppy start with missed chances and a loose pass leading to Liverpool’s first goal. More ball in the second half without much improvement.

Subs

Raheem Sterling – 8: Booed relentlessly but was dangerous down the right and created headaches for Robertson. Among City’s best.

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