Barcelona vs. Valencia - Football Match Report

04 February, 2019, 14:57 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • LaLiga match report FC Barcelona v Valencia 02 February 2019

Goals from Kevin Gameiro and Dani Parejo had sent Valencia 2-0 ahead in Catalonia, but Messi netted once in either half to ensure that Barcelona would take a point from the clash.

Los Che almost stunned the hosts after Daniel Parejo forced Marc Andre Ter Stegen to a low save, with the rebound shot from Denis Cheryshev hitting the face of the post.

So a chill ran through Barcelona's supporters during the Spanish league match against Valencia on Saturday when Messi sat down on the sideline, his right leg stretched before him, and received a massage from a team trainer.

The coach also played Sergi Roberto at left-back instead of Jordi Alba, who is having a sublime season, and Thomas Vermaelen next to Gerard Pique, resting Clement Lenglet.

Valencia lost Gameiro to injury shortly after when the striker asked to be substituted after being shaken up when he knocked heads with Gerard Pique.

The Argentine has had a big week seeing as he helped recover Barcelona's 2-0 deficit to Sevilla in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.

Neto clawed away Coutinho's cross which deflected off Ezequiel Garay's chest before Valencia doubled their lead. The captain Lionel MESSI stepped up and made no mistake scoring to reduce the lead to one goal.

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Anyway, the Catalan club move six points clear of Atletico Madrid who resume their league campaign on Sunday against Real Betis.

Messi claimed the equaliser a minute later, picking up the ball outside the area after good work from Suarez.

Rodrigo had another chance in the 63rd minute, but he turned a Cheryshev cross just wide of the post as Los Che passed up the opportunity to open up a two-goal advantage once again.

Messi scored his first from the spot, with his second a curler from the edge of the box in the 64th minute.

Okay Yokuslu scored 17 minutes from time to give the hosts a much-needed victory, only their sixth of the season, to end a five-match losing streak.

Neither team could find a victor in the remaining 30 minutes of the match, but the draw ensured Barca avoided a first league loss since November and took them to 50 points from 22 games.

Then all the focus will be on Wednesday's clasico, the first leg of a Copa del Rey semi-final that has the potential to be the next thrilling game involving Barcelona.

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