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February 3, 2013 6:00 PM GMT
Estadio de Mestalla — Valencia
Referee:‬ José González‎
Attendance:‬ 45000‎
 
33′ Ever Banega
Messi 39′ (PG)
Top of the Match
Jose Andrés Guardado
Jose Andrés Guardado
Valencia CF
Víctor Valdés
Víctor Valdés
FC Barcelona
Flop of the Match
Javier Mascherano
Javier Mascherano
FC Barcelona
Messi
Messi
FC Barcelona

Valencia 1-1 Barcelona: Messi penalty denies Los Che

The Argentine rifled home from the spot to break another record by scoring for the 12th consecutive Liga game, cancelling out Ever Banega's opener for the resilient hosts

By Tom Webber

Leo Messi - Barcelona
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Valencia held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in La Liga as their energetic yet resolute display made for a frustrating night at the Mestalla for the Catalans.

Ernesto Valverde had set out to refuse the Blaugrana their usual time on the ball and it was a tactic that looked to have worked superbly as Ever Banega put them ahead. However, Lionel Messi equalised from the spot to score in a record 12th consecutive Liga fixture.

Both teams opened the game with a lot of energy, but Barca looked more threatening as they were largely in control of possession. However, they were unable to fashion any chances to test Vicente Guaita as los Che defended in numbers and pressed quickly.

Valencia complemented their enthusiastic defence by playing on the break when they managed to wrest the ball away from their opponents, with Roberto Soldado keen to make an impact.

Midway through the first half the striker's bright run came to an end on the edge of the box due to a trip from Javier Mascherano. Tino Costa struck the free-kick but he failed to get it past the wall and his team's appeals for a Xavi handball were ignored.

Their resilience at the back continued to frustrate the Blaugrana and Valverde's men were rewarded in the 33rd minute. Soldado's cross was headed away by Gerard Pique, but only as far as Banega who brought the ball down and rifled a low shot past Victor Valdes at his near post.

Barca were handed a route back into the game as Joao Pereira clumsily cut down Pedro in the box in the 39th minute. Messi stepped up to take the penalty and fired an unstoppable effort into the top corner for his 34th Liga goal of the season.

The teams went into the break level but with just five second-half minutes played los Che nearly regained the lead. Andres Guardado's cross was met by Soldado but he could not guide his header inside of Valdes' post.

The game continued to go from end-to-end and five minutes later, Cesc Fabregas really should have put the Catalan side ahead after Messi's defence-splitting through-ball, though his shot only rippled the side netting.

Valencia were showing no signs of tiring as they continued to press the Barcelona players with great intensity, keeping the visitors out of their usual rhythm.

Sergio Canales replaced Banega in the 64th minute and it did not take long for the former Real Madrid man to make his presence known. From Guardado's cutback a fantastic, arrowed shot looked to be heading for the top corner until Valdes fingertips turned it wide of the post.

The keeper was once again in fine form in the 89th minute making a brilliant double save - the second of which came from Soldado - which stopped the hosts from stealing all three points at the death.

Nevertheless, Valencia secured a well-earned point that could also see Barcelona's advantage at the top of the table cut to nine points if Atletico Madrid defeat Betis on Sunday.


Valencia CF

13
Guaita
Goalkeeper
3.00
20
Aly Cissokho
Defender
40′
3.00
4
Adil Rami
Defender
3.00
12
João Pereira
Defender
3.00
18
4.00
5
Víctor Ruiz
Defender
3.00
20
Ricardo Costa
Defender
3.50
-
Ever Banega
Midfielder
33′ 64′
3.50
24
Tino Costa
Midfielder
3.00
14
Juan Bernat
Midfielder
70′
3.50
9
3.00

FC Barcelona

3.50
1
2.50
22
3.00
3
Piqué
Defender
3.50
18
Jordi Alba
Defender
3.00
4
Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
72′
3.00
6
Xavi
Midfielder
91′
3.50
8
2.50
14
3.00
16
Busquets
Midfielder
3.00
10
Messi
Striker
39′
3.00
7
Pedro
Striker

Substitutes

1
Diego Alves
Goalkeeper
 - 
19
Barragán
Defender
 - 
-
Albelda
Midfielder
 - 
7
Jonas
Striker
86′
 - 
17
3.00
18
 - 
16
Canales
Midfielder
64′
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
13
3.00
5
 - 
21
Adriano
Midfielder
 - 
6
 - 
17
Alex Song
Midfielder
3.00
9
 - 
9

Coach/Manager

-
3.00

Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0