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Barcelona 2-0 Valencia

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has scored 35 goals in 32 league matches this season

Lionel Messi scored his 400th goal for Barcelona as Luis Enrique's team beat Valencia to stay clear of title rivals Real Madrid.

Messi set up Luis Suarez's opening goal after 55 seconds before scoring his landmark goal in stoppage time.

The Argentine scored his 46th goal of the season at the second attempt after Diego Alves saved his initial effort.

Barcelona were made to work for the win, with keeper Claudio Bravo saving a penalty from Dani Parejo.

Real stayed two points behind leaders Barca after their 3-1 win over Malaga late on Saturday.

Suarez was in scintillating form during the 3-1 Champions League win against Paris St-Germain on Wednesday, and it took him less than a minute to make his mark as Barca turned their attentions back to La Liga.

Sergio Busquets released Messi, who surged forward before finding former Liverpool striker Suarez, who slid home a low shot for his 11th league goal of the season.

Fourth-placed Valencia were given the chance to level from the spot after Gerard Pique's clumsy challenge on Spain striker Rodrigo, but Bravo dived to his right to keep out Parejo's penalty.

Striker Paco Alcacer found space in the Barcelona box and his shot beat Bravo but came back off the upright as Valencia pressed for a leveller.

Pedro had the chance to seal victory but fired into the side-netting after another fine pass from Messi, but the Argentina forward had the final say.

A Valencia attack broke down, allowing Messi through on goal on the break. Alves saved his initial effort but Messi prodded in the rebound to score in his 471st appearance for the club.

Defeat means Valencia are now four points behind third-placed Atletico Madrid.

The defending champions claimed a 2-1 win at Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday, thanks to a brace from France attacker Antoine Griezmann.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 13BravoBooked at 90mins
  • 22Dani Alves
  • 3Piqué
  • 24Mathieu
  • 21AdrianoBooked at 27minsSubstituted forRakiticat 45'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 5Busquets
  • 14MascheranoBooked at 54mins
  • 6XaviSubstituted forSergiat 80'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9L SuárezSubstituted forPedroat 65'minutes
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 4Rakitic
  • 7Pedro
  • 12Rafinha
  • 15Bartra
  • 18Alba
  • 20Sergi

Valencia

  • 1Diego Alves
  • 19Barragán
  • 5MustafiBooked at 79mins
  • 23OtamendiBooked at 66mins
  • 6OrbanBooked at 35minsSubstituted forGayá Peñaat 45'minutes
  • 10Parejo
  • 18Fuego MartínezBooked at 28mins
  • 21André Gomes
  • 8FeghouliSubstituted forCavaco Canceloat 67'minutes
  • 9AlcácerSubstituted forNegredoat 74'minutes
  • 17Rodrigo

Substitutes

  • 2Cavaco Cancelo
  • 3Vezo
  • 4Augusto
  • 7Negredo
  • 13Rodríguez Oterino
  • 20de Paul
  • 31Gayá Peña
Referee:
José Luis González González
Attendance:
92,915

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamValencia
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home18
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 2, Valencia CF 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 2, Valencia CF 0.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 2, Valencia CF 0. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Neymar.

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

Foul by José Gayá (Valencia CF).

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Javi Fuego.

Booking

Claudio Bravo (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF).

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Nicolás Otamendi.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Diego Alves.

Attempt saved. Pedro (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

Nicolás Otamendi (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Nicolás Otamendi.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto replaces Xavi.

Booking

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

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

Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia CF).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Javi Fuego (Valencia CF) because of an injury.

Booking

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona).

André Gomes (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by João Cancelo (Valencia CF).

Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Claudio Bravo.

Attempt saved. Rodrigo (Valencia CF) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. José Gayá (Valencia CF) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

José Gayá (Valencia CF) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia CF. Álvaro Negredo replaces Paco Alcácer.

Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lionel Messi following a corner.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Antonio Barragán.

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia CF. João Cancelo replaces Sofiane Feghouli.

Booking

Nicolás Otamendi (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Pedro replaces Luis Suárez.

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