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Key Events

90' + 4'
L. Messi
Penalty Goal
90' + 2'
A. Abdennour
Yellow Card
76'
E. Pérez
Yellow Card
73'
L. Messi
Yellow Card
71'
Santi Mina
Rodrigo
71'
Denis Suárez
André Gomes
69'
Mario Suárez
Yellow Card
62'
L. Suárez
Goal
56'
Rodrigo
Goal
56'
Nani
Assist
52'
Dani Parejo
Assist
52'
Munir
Goal
51'
Neymar
Yellow Card
47'
L. Digne
Yellow Card
46'
Munir
Martín Montoya
38'
A. Abdennour
José Gayá
25'
Busquets
Yellow Card
23'
Diego Alves
Yellow Card
22'
I. Rakitić
Assist
22'
L. Messi
Goal
17'
E. Garay
Yellow Card
14'
I. Rakitić
Iniesta
3
5
2
4

Stats

Possession
% %
1
6
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 4 8
Total Passes 274 643

Commentary

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Lionel Messi's stoppage-time penalty, his second goal of the match, sees the Blaugrana come from behind to claim all three points at Mestalla! 
FULL-TIME: VALENCIA 2-3 BARCELONA.
90' + 5' Celebrations cut short as Valencia supporters throw debris at the Barcelona players. Neymar and Suarez are both caught in the head by what appears to be a waterbottle. This is getting ugly now.
L. Messi
Penalty Goal
FC Barcelona
90' + 4' COMETH THE MAN, COMETH THE HOUR! Alves guesses correctly and gets very close to getting a hand to the penalty, but Messi's spot-kick finds its way through! The keeper may have gotten a slight touch, even!
A. Abdennour
Yellow Card
Valencia CF
90' + 2' PENALTY TO BARCA! Suarez turns smartly in the box and is tripped up clearly by Abdennour! The referee doesn't hesitate in pointing to the spot and Barcelona can win it here....
90' There will be two minutes added on at the end of this match.
88' STAT: Barcelona are undefeated in their last 10 away matches against Valencia in all competitions.
86' SAFE HANDS! Good work from Nani on the edge of the area, before the ball comes to Munir, but his first-time shot is collected smartly by Ter Stegen!
84' JUST OVER! Suarez rises well to get on the end of a cross in from the right, but he lifts his header over the bar! It's all coming to life again, as anticipated! There certainly does appear to be another goal left in this one...
82' WIDE! Nani gets on the end of a well-worked move and the crowd cheers as they think the Portuguese winger has scored, but the shot went just wide and bounced off the advertising board, into the mesh behind the net. It was a difficult chance for him to take, in fairness.
80' It's wonderfully poised for the final 10 minutes now. Both sides will be going for the three points, as the tempo promises to pick up again through to the final whistle. Are we to have late drama at Mestalla?
78' It's coming through now that Iniesta has suffered a partial tear to a ligament in his knee, which isn't terrible news given how grave the situation looked when he was down on the turf. He will miss time of course, but not as much as was possibly anticipated.
E. Pérez
Yellow Card
Valencia CF
76' Perez is the latest player to be shown a yellow as the bookings pile up.
75' STAT: Valencia, with just three points won at home (W1 L3), are experiencing their worst start to a La Liga season at home since 1997-98 (two points).
L. Messi
Yellow Card
FC Barcelona
73' Messi catches Abdenour with a careless challenge and that will see the Argentine into the referee's book.
Santi Mina
Rodrigo
Valencia CF
71' Santi Mina comes on for Valencia, with Rodrigo replaced.
Denis Suárez
André Gomes
FC Barcelona
71' A second change for Barcelona here as Denis Suarez comes on to replace Gomes.
Mario Suárez
Yellow Card
Valencia CF
69' Mario Suarez is booked for an ill-timed challenge and Barcelona have a free-kick to work with here, though it may be a bit out of Messi's range from just over 30 yards.
68' Much of the same here as Barcelona continue to play keep-away. They still have two changes left and it looks like Enrique is prepared to start using them.
66' Barcelona have settled in again after such a poor start to this second half. They're dictating the tempo, opting to slow the pace with some patient build-up play.
64' STAT: Valencia have gone nine league games without a win at Mestalla against Barcelona (D5 L4), their worst run at home against them in the top flight.
L. Suárez
Goal
FC Barcelona
62' QUICK RESPONSE FROM BARCA! Another stunning save from Alves who keeps out Rakitic's header at full-stretch, but Suarez pounces on the rebound and sends a blistering finish in at the far post!
60' Barcelona are really on the ropes here. Their defence is at sixes and sevens as they try and see out this Valencia attack which has a real confidence about them. They're running into all the channels and proving a real handful here.
58' It would be hard to say Valencia don't completely deserve this. They've battled hard throughout and will still feel Messi's goal should have been disallowed. And it's Barcelona who only have themselves to blame for not converting their chances earlier in the match.
Rodrigo
Goal
Valencia CF
56' TURNAROUND COMPLETE! Nani chips a clever ball over the top to pick out the run of Rodrigo, who gets behind Umtiti, and the striker coolly converts with a half-volley from in close!
Nani
Assist
Valencia CF
56' Nani provides the assist.
54' STAT: Barcelona have scored at least 2 goals in 13 of their last 15 away matches in LaLiga.
Dani Parejo
Assist
Valencia CF
52' Great move and pass by Parejo to pick up the assist.
Munir
Goal
Valencia CF
52' PARITY RESTORED AT MESTALLA! Look at all the space available to Valencia! Parejo is sprung down the right, behind Digne, before picking out Munir at the edge of the area with a pull-back. The substitute strikes first-time, placing the ball in brilliantly at the near post!
Neymar
Yellow Card
FC Barcelona
51' Neymar goes into the book.
50' HE'S MISSED IT! Glorious opportunity for Barcelona to double their lead there! They hit back on the counter and Suarez's shot from atop the area is stopped by Alves, though he fails to parry accordingly as the rebound comes straight to Rakitic, but he puts it off the post with the goal gaping!
49' Good start to this second half from Valencia, poking and prodding around in possession. They are going to have to take some chances going forward, which will leave them a bit exposed in defence if Barcelona can take advantage.
L. Digne
Yellow Card
FC Barcelona
47' Digne becomes the second Barcelona player booked on the afternoon.
Munir
Martín Montoya
Valencia CF
46' Munir replaces Martin Montoya at the break as Valencia switch into a back three.
46' Here we go again!
A controversial goal from Lionel Messi, with Luis Suarez potentially helping the shot in from an offside position, has Barcelona ahead at the end of the first half at the Mestalla, one that really picked up steam in the latter stages. Still perfectly poised here with 45 minutes left to play.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: VALENCIA 0-1 BARCELONA.
45' There will be two minutes added on at the end of this first half.
44' DENIED FROM POINT-BLANK RANGE! Parejo is picked out in all sorts of space inside the area by Rodrigo, as no one had tracked his run. The midfielder takes the pass in stride, but Ter Stegen is off his line in such a hurry as he closes down the angle and makes a terrific save!
42' Valencia really coming under pressure here as half-time approaches. They can't afford to concede a second before the break, so these next few minutes will prove really crucial as Barcelona have hit their stride.
40' Neymar glances a terrific ball in with the outside of his foot, but Suarez's first-time finish on the end of it is kept out by the leg of Alves! Pressure stays on and it's Suarez's turn to whip in a cross, and he does so admirably, but no one is there to attack it at the far post!
A. Abdennour
José Gayá
Valencia CF
38' Aymen Abdennour comes on to replace Gaya.
37' SUPER SAVE! Remarkable stuff from Alves to deny Suarez, who was played clean through on goal there by Messi. Gaya appeared to do in his hamstring, allowing the Uruguayan striker to run through! The full-back stays down here and will need to be replaced. Tough blow for the hosts.
35' STAT: Valencia have kept just one clean sheet in the last 18 games they have played at home in La Liga (in the 4-0 win against Eibar).
33' PENALTY APPEALS DENIED! Rodrigo gets beyond Umtiti with a determined run, before being shoved to ground by the centre-half from behind! It's a clear forearm to the back, but the referee opts not to award the spot-kick! Again Valencia feel wrongfully done by.
31' Blistering pace! The MSN link-up, Neymar picking out Suarez, who plays Messi through. A terrific burst of pace from the Argentine gets him into space for a shot in close, but Alves denies him from a tight angle before Gomes clears the rebound.
29' It really feels like Valencia are confident in their chances here this afternoon. They're only behind because of an arguably wrongfully allowed goal, but Barcelona otherwise haven't created much of anything. The hosts are really looking strong in defence and are equally capable on the break.
27' He has to be scoring there! Tremendous play from Joao on the right as he gets into space and side-foots a ball across the face of goal brilliantly, but it's not properly attcked by Rodrigo, who fails to turn it into the empty net. You have to think Paco Alcacer, sitting over on the Barcelona bench now, would have converted that chance...
Busquets
Yellow Card
FC Barcelona
25' Busquets goes into the book now for the smallest tug of the back of Parejo's shirt. That seems a bit of a make-up call.
Diego Alves
Yellow Card
Valencia CF
23' Alves is booked for dissent. That's harsh, as he had a real right to argue his case there.
I. Rakitić
Assist
FC Barcelona
22' Off the bench and into the assist column for Rakitic.
L. Messi
Goal
FC Barcelona
22' MESSI PUTS BARCELONA AHEAD! The Argentina latches onto a pull-back from Rakitic and rifles a left-footed finish in at the near post! Alves protests furiously as Suarez jumped over the shot from in an offside position, clearly blocking the view of the keeper - but his protests are to no avail in the end!
21' STAT: These two sides have met 118 times since their first match in 1924. They have won 45 times each, with 28 draws.
19' Valencia are certainly up for the occasion, as evidenced by the hard tackles they're putting in. They are flying into challenges in an attempt to physically impose themselves on their opponents, and it seems to be working thus far, though the foul count is rising.
E. Garay
Yellow Card
Valencia CF
17' Garay catches the Achilles of Suarez with a late challenge from behind, and the defender is issued the first yellow card of the match.
16' Concentrated pressure from Barcelona, but no real inventiveness of any sorts as they struggle to carve out their first chance of the match. Valencia are doing well to keep their shape and make Barcelona look pedestrian in possession.
I. Rakitić
Iniesta
FC Barcelona
14' It is Rakitic who comes on to replace Iniesta, as play is set to resume again.
13' Enrique was forced into two early changes against City, and he's facing another one here as the stretcher comes out for Iniesta. The midfielder has his head buried in his hands as he's carried off - this really doesn't look good.
11' This looks a bad one for Barcelona. Iniesta gets caught in a coming together with Perez, though there wasn't really much in it, and the midfielder goes down in obvious pain. This looks like more than a knock for Iniesta, at the risk of speculating, as he has a worried look on his face mixed in with the pain.
9' STAT: Neymar has never scored in seven appearances against Valencia.
7' Lovely work from Joao to get beyond Gomes on the right, streaking into space, but Umtiti comes across with cover and does excellently to block the cross in. The centre-half has been superb for Barcelona and you have to think that even with everyone healthy, he would be a fixture in the XI.
5' You can see Prandelli's thinking with deploying Joao Cancelo in an advanced position on the right. The natural full-back will provide extra support for Montoya in dealing with the threat of Neymar out wide. It's going to be a struggle for space for the Brazilian.
3' Barcelona control possession from the off, but Valencia enjoy the first threatening attack as Nani and Gaya link-up cleverly on the left. The full-back does well to weave into space to whip in a cross, but it lacks any real quality as Barcelona deal with the threat. 
1' HERE WE GO! Barcelona get us underway, attacking right to left.
Barcelona will have to make do without the services of Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique, both of whom injured themselves in midweek. They are replaced in the team by Sergi Roberto and Lucas Digne, while Andre Gomes rotates into the starting line-up in midfield, at the expense of Ivan Rakitic.
Nani returns to fitness and claims his place in the team at the expense of Santi Mina, starting opposite Joao Cancelo, as the pair flank Rodrigo who is tasked with leading the line. Eliaquim Mangala resumes his partnership with Ezequiel Garay, with Aderlan Santos giving way.
SUBS: Masip, Alcacer, Denis, Alena, Mathieu, Rakitic, Vidal.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Mascherano, Umtiti, Digne; Busquets, Gomes, Iniesta; Messi, Neymar, Suarez.
SUBS: Abdennour, Juame, Mina, Bakkali, Medran, Cartabia, Munir.
VALENCIA (4-2-3-1): Alves; Montoya, Garay, Mangala, Gaya; Suarez, Perez; Joao, Parejo, Nani; Rodrigo.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
Bounce back is exactly what they haven’t done. Under the tutelage of Cesare Prandelli they have lost five of their first eight matches to start the season and sit just two points above the drop.
Valencia’s demise has been unexpected, to say the least. The top six and European mainstays underwent a tumultuous campaign previous, but were fully expected to bounce back.
The blow delivered by a pair of unprecedented defeats was softened a bit as their rivals dropped points of their own, but Luis Enrique’s side have ground to make up now, entering the weekend in fourth place, two points back of the two Madrid clubs in first.
Barcelona’s mini-slump (which would only be considered a slump by their lofty standards) is over, and it’s no coincidence that successive 4-0 victories coincided with the return of Lionel Messi.
Hello and welcome to live coverage from the Mestalla as Valencia go in search of a desperately needed confidence-boosting victory when they play host to a Barcelona side hoping to close the gap on the leaders.
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