Deportivo 2-1 Barcelona player ratings as the Catalans failed to reproduce Champions League comeback heroics in La Liga

Barcelona were unable to reproduce their Champions League heroics of midweek as they fell 2-1 away at Deportivo La Caruna.

Lionel Messi had a golden chance to produce an equaliser in time added on when Luis Suarez was fouled on the edge of the area, but the Argentine fired over the bar.

After a feverish final few minutes, the goals of Joselu in the first half and Alex Bergantinos in the second were enough for victory despite the strike of Luis Suarez.

Rik Sharma rates the players’ performances below.

Deportivo celebrate going in front
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Luis Suarez celebrates his equaliser
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Lionel Messi is tackled by Alex Bergantinos and Joselu
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Barcelona

Marc-Andre ter Stegen 5

Made a sensational stop from Joselu but a few seconds later his error allowed the forward to blast home from close range.

Javier Mascherano 5

Could have done more to clear the ball which led to Deportivo’s opening goal. Perhaps tired after his heroics in midweek.

Gerard Pique 6

Survived an early injury scare and was probably the best of the defence, trying to help out in attack too.

Messi and Suarez look dejected after going behind
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Jordi Alba 5

Out jumped by Bergantinos for Depor’s second goal. Didn’t get forward to support Arda, with Barcelona crying out for more width in Neymar’s absence.

Sergio Busquets 5

Lucky not to have been punished when he gave the ball away in his area as Deportivo looked for a third goal.

Sergi Roberto 6

One good run forward nearly led to a goal for Suarez but Lux did well to cut out his cross. One of Barcelona’s better players.

Andre Gomes 4

Another ineffectual display. Keeps getting chances because Luis Enrique asked for his signing but struggling to fit in. Withdrawn before the hour for Rakitic.

Messi escapes from Bergantinos
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Lionel Messi 5

Failed to have a big influence on the game, far below his usual level and even gave the ball away on a couple of occasions.

Denis Suarez 6

Skilful but slight, needs to impose himself more at times. It was his cross that led to Luis Suarez’s opening goal.

Luis Suarez 7

Struggled in the first half but a brilliant drilled effort dragged Barcelona back level.

Lionel Messi is tackled by Alex Bergantinos and Joselu
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Messi places the ball down for a free-kick
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Arda Turan 5

Put in Neymar’s position and asked to be a creative influence but was unable to do it to any great effect. Hooked for Iniesta.

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Ivan Rakitic 5

Couldn’t celebrate his new contract and birthday with a good performance, invisible after coming on.

Andres Iniesta 5

Brought on to try and add more creativity but failed to get on the ball enough.

Paco Alcacer n/a

Deportivo

Javier Mascherano is challenged by Carles Gil
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Joselu celebrates his opener
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Andre Gomes battles with Alejandro Arribas
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Lux 8; Juanfran 7 (Laure n/a), Albentosa 7, Arribas 8, Navarro 7; Alex 8, Borges 7; Gama 7 (Colak 6), Fajr 7, Gil 7 (Kakuta 7); Joselu 9.

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