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Valencia 0-1 Barcelona

Sergio Busquets celebrates
Sergio Busquets' late winner for Barcelona was his first goal for 14 months

Sergio Busquets scored with virtually the last kick of the game to get Barcelona back within two points of league leaders Real Madrid.

Barcelona looked set to lose ground in the title race but deep into injury time Lionel Messi set up Busquets to net his first goal for 14 months.

Valencia slip to fifth in La Liga after their first home defeat of the season.

Messi was struck on the head by something seemingly thrown from the crowd during the celebrations.

He was pictured rubbing his head afterwards, but appeared to be unhurt.

It was a win that for so long looked unlikely, with Barcelona coach Luis Enrique having selected both Busquets and Javier Mascherano in central midfield, and the visitors suffered from a rare lack of creativity.

But Busquets justified the decision in dramatic style, following up to volley home from close range after Diego Alves had saved Neymar's header from a Messi cross.

Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez had earlier missed Barcelona's best two opportunities and also had an effort incorrectly ruled out for off-side when turning in an attempted Dani Alves shot.

Valencia, who have not beaten Barcelona at home since 2007, had chances of their own to win it but for the second successive home game were unable to score.

In the final minute of the first half, Andre Gomes rounded Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo but shot into the side netting from a tight angle.

After the break the home side had further chances to damage Barcelona's title prospects but Gerard Pique cleared off the line from Rodrigo.

With 20 minutes to go Bravo saved from Sofiane Feghouli and then thwarted on-loan Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo.

And Valencia were denied even a point when Busquets became the unlikely match-winner, sparking celebrations which saw Messi booked after he was hit on the head by an object as Barcelona players celebrated the dramatic winner.

Luis Suarez misses a chance for Barcelona
Luis Suarez is yet to score in La Liga for Barcelona since his summer signing from Liverpool
Luis Suarez
The Uruguay international shows his frustration at a save by Diego Alves
Nicolas Otamendi of Valencia and Barcelona's Neymar
Nicolas Otamendi reacts to Neymar, who avoided punishment for pushing his head into the Valencia defender
Barcelona and Valencia players clash
Valencia's on-loan Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo tries to keep the peace
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was booked following a first-half flare-up
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was booked following a first-half flare-up which also saw Valencia's Antonio Barragan receive a yellow card

Line-ups

Valencia

  • 1Diego Alves
  • 19BarragánBooked at 20mins
  • 5MustafiBooked at 27mins
  • 23OtamendiBooked at 90mins
  • 31Gayá Peña
  • 10ParejoSubstituted forAugustoat 84'minutes
  • 18Fuego Martínez
  • 21André Gomes
  • 8Feghouli
  • 7NegredoSubstituted forAlcácerat 82'minutes
  • 17RodrigoBooked at 70minsSubstituted forde Paulat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Cavaco Cancelo
  • 4Augusto
  • 6Orban
  • 9Alcácer
  • 11Piatti
  • 13Rodríguez Oterino
  • 20de Paul

Barcelona

  • 13Bravo
  • 22Dani Alves
  • 3PiquéBooked at 20mins
  • 24MathieuBooked at 8minsSubstituted forRakiticat 69'minutes
  • 18AlbaBooked at 29mins
  • 5Busquets
  • 14Mascherano
  • 6XaviSubstituted forRafinhaat 80'minutes
  • 10MessiBooked at 90mins
  • 9L SuárezSubstituted forPedroat 80'minutes
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 4Rakitic
  • 7Pedro
  • 12Rafinha
  • 15Bartra
  • 21Adriano
  • 31El Haddadi
Referee:
David Fernández Borbalán
Attendance:
51,200

Match Stats

Home TeamValenciaAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home29%
Away71%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Valencia CF 0, Barcelona 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Valencia CF 0, Barcelona 1.

Booking

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Valencia CF 0, Barcelona 1. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a corner.

Attempt saved. Neymar (Barcelona) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Filipe Augusto.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Antonio Barragán.

Attempt missed. Dani Alves (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Nicolás Otamendi.

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Rafinha (Barcelona).

Javi Fuego (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dani Alves (Barcelona).

Paco Alcácer (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by José Gayá (Valencia CF).

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia CF. Filipe Augusto replaces Daniel Parejo because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia CF. Paco Alcácer replaces Álvaro Negredo.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Álvaro Negredo.

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Pedro replaces Luis Suárez.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Rafinha replaces Xavi.

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by André Gomes (Valencia CF).

Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Claudio Bravo.

Attempt saved. Álvaro Negredo (Valencia CF) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by José Gayá with a cross.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Daniel Parejo.

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

Álvaro Negredo (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Barcelona. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

Jordi Alba (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF).

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia CF. Rodrigo de Paul replaces Rodrigo.

Attempt saved. Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Álvaro Negredo.

Booking

Rodrigo (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rodrigo (Valencia CF).

Offside, Barcelona. Dani Alves tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lionel Messi with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Ivan Rakitic replaces Jeremy Mathieu.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 30th November 2014

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