Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad: Player Ratings

Barcelona had a chance to return to second place in La Liga with a win against Real Sociedad last night, and that's precisely what Xavi's men achieved at Montjuic.

The first period was far from easy for the Catalans who had to wait until the half-hour mark to register their first shot on target. Soon after, however, they were creating chances easily and Lamine Yamal scored the team's first goal.

The second period, although marked by proactive play from both sides, fell just short of goals as both teams held on.

In the final minutes, however, Raphinha converted from the penalty spot to score a deserved goal and secure the result.

Barça Universal presents the player ratings of Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad.

Marc-André Ter Stegen: 8

A good performance for the recently Saudi Arabia-linked goalkeeper who made three solid saves and denied a cumulative xG of 0.63 to keep his team in the game at Montjuic.

Jules Kounde: 8

The Frenchman was the The Blaugrana best full back that night as he put on a complete clinic in attack and defense. He made a key pass, completed 100% of his dribbles and recorded eleven defensive actions against Real.

Paul Cubarsi: 6.5

A difficult first half for the profligate Barcelona defender who found a tricky client in Sheraldo Becker. Was regularly beaten by the Surinamese international during a foot race, leaving him through on goal.

However, barring a few critical moments where he faltered, the youngster has been relatively solid with equally brilliant moments of play.

Inigo Martinez: 6.5

The relative lack of chemistry between Martinez and Cubarsi was part of the reason for the youngster's slightly disappointing night, and the same can be said about the veteran's performance.

Did a good job of keeping away Real Sociedad's general threat, but was caught out in quick transitions.

João Cancelo: 5

The Portuguese full-back was far from his best, particularly in the final third where he struggled to make a notable contribution. At this point he is playing with fire by falling at the wrong time in the campaign.

Ilkay Gundogan: 8.5

A normal high-end display from the German superstar that we are used to witnessing at this stage. First helped with a steamy one-two with Yamal to open The Real defense before creating a scoring opportunity on the rebound ten minutes later.

Eventually, Gundogan got the assist for Yamal's opener as he calmly played the ball for the youngster after Lewandowski's pre-assist.

Andreas Christensen: 7

A decent, but tired performance from Christensen who was caught several times in the first half. Won 100% of his aerial duels and still contributed eight defensive actions.

Pédri: 8

A solid performance from the Canarian who was instrumental in the team's offensive forays with good combination play with Gundogan. He should have got an assist for the opportunity he created for Raphinha, but he was unlucky.

Completed his performance with three key passes and a 96% passing accuracy in 70 minutes.

Lamin Yamal: 9

The star of the academy was, once again, the differential factor for Barcelona in the final third. He almost scored in the 27th minute after some nice combination play with Gundogan, but eventually got on the scoresheet with a glacial first-time shot past Alex Remiro.

Was also inspired in the second half, completing the match with four successful dribbles and 11 duels won.

Robert Lewandowski: 9

The virtual creator of Barcelona's first goal, Lewy sliced ​​the Basque defense in two with the precision of a surgeon to find Gundogan in the build-up. He was also a real threat in front of goal and played decently with his off-the-ball play.

Raphinha: 8

The Brazilian had a glorious chance to open the scoring for Barcelona in the 38th minute, but hit the woodwork with his attempt. Was powerful on the left flank, winning the duel against Aritz Elustondo and dominating the wing.

Made a sensational long-range strike in the 64th minute and was only denied by Remiro's unreal save. Indirectly won a penalty for the Catalans in the final minutes and converted with ease.

Sergi Roberto: 6

A healthy 20 minute appearance from the captain who did nothing wrong with the ball at his feet. Clean with his distribution and skillful with defensive contributions.

Fermin Lopez: 6

Didn't create any direct threat to the goal but was useful in the build-up.

Ferran Torres: 7

He came painfully close to scoring with his first touch of the evening, but was incredibly denied by Remiro.

Oriol Romeu: NA

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