Carles Perez and Arthur earn 8s for saving Barcelona at Osasuna, but Gerard Pique gets a 5

Sooraj Kamath - Writer 21:40 31/08/2019
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Carles Perez

Champions Barcelona dropped points for the second time in three La Liga games after they were held 2-2 by newly promoted Osasuna and Pamplona.

Roberto Torres opened and closed the scoring with an incredible volley and a calmly taken penalty. Substitutes Ansu Fati and Arthur scored in-between to ensure the Catalans took something from the game despite staging a poor display.

How did the players perform individually? We take a look.

Marc Andre ter-Stegen – Not much he could have done with the first goal, made some good saves in the second half. 6

Nelson Semedo – Awful performance, out of position during Osasuna’s goal and rightly taken off at half-time. 4

Gerard Pique – Endured some nervy moments at the face of Osasuna’s press, conceded an unnecessary penalty in the death and cost his team two points. 5

Clement Lenglet – Average performance, had a tough time dealing with Brandon but displayed an improved second-half performance. 5

Jordi Alba – Bearer of the primary blame for the first goal Barcelona conceded. Caught out of position several times, failed to produce in attack. 4

Sergio Busquets – Sharp performance including crucial interceptions and some very efficient pressing, started the move for Barcelona’s second goal. 7

Frenkie de Jong – Never seemed to adapt to the left-interior role and gave the ball away often. Followed it with improved second-half performance on the right. 5

Sergi Roberto – Lifeless performance in the first half in the heart of midfield, average in the second half at right-back. 5

Carles Perez – Best player on the pitch, great movements, incredible performance strengthened further with two assists, one of which was an inch-perfect cross. Scuffed a simple chance in the death, burying which could have earned him a statue. 8

Antoine Griezmann – Hardly involved in the first and an improved second half, stayed in the shadows of the La Masia kids nevertheless. 6

Rafinha – Another player who failed to turn up in the first half but had some key moments for a short period in the second after a change in position. 5

SUBSTITUTES

Ansu Fati – Came on at half-time to become the first player to score against Osasuna this season and third youngest to score in La Liga. 8

Arthur – Instant impact after coming on for Rafinha in the second half, carried the ball well and scored the winner. 8

Arturo Vidal – Came on for the last 10 minutes. N/A

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