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Valencia 2-3 Barcelona

Lionel Messi
Barcelona's Lionel Messi has scored 19 goals in 21 games against Valencia

Lionel Messi scored an injury-time penalty as Barcelona came from behind to beat Valencia and go top of La Liga.

Messi had given Barca a controversial lead after offside Luis Suarez jumped out the way of his low shot.

Valencia then fought back to take a 2-1 advantage with fine goals from Barca loanee Munir el Haddadi and Rodrigo.

But Suarez equalised for the visitors when he arrived at the back post, before winning a penalty in added time which Messi confidently converted.

Barcelona, who lost captain Andres Iniesta to a knee injury which will keep him out for six to eight weeks, are a point ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, who face Sevilla on Sunday.

Messi holds his nerve against penalty king Alves

Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves has developed a reputation as an expert at keeping out penalties, having saved 17 of his past 35 spot-kicks before this game.

So when Uruguay striker Suarez was brought down inside the penalty area by Aymen Abdennour deep into injury time the pressure was on Messi.

But he kept his nerve in front of goal and took his tally to 19 goals in 21 games against Valencia - having only found the net more often against Atletico Madrid (21) and Sevilla (20).

The Argentina international's strike also meant Alves has conceded 18 Messi goals, more than any other goalkeeper in La Liga.

Tearful Iniesta adds to Barca's injury list

Andres Iniesta
Andres Iniesta made his first-team debut for Barcelona in 2002

Barcelona were, however, dealt a blow when Iniesta fell awkwardly under a strong challenge from Valencia's Enzo Perez.

The 32-year-old midfielder clutched his knee and immediately indicated to the bench he needed to be substituted.

He left the pitch in tears on a stretcher while Barca boss Luis Enrique vented his anger at the officials as Perez escaped punishment.

Barcelona said in a statement that Iniesta suffered a "lateral collateral ligament injury in his right knee" and later confirmed he will be out for up to two months.

With defenders Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba ruled out until next month with ankle and hamstring injuries respectively it places a further strain on Barca's squad.

Line-ups

Valencia

  • 1Diego AlvesBooked at 23mins
  • 21MontoyaSubstituted forEl Haddadiat 45'minutes
  • 24GarayBooked at 17mins
  • 5Mangala
  • 14GayáSubstituted forAbdennourat 38'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8PérezBooked at 76mins
  • 7SuárezBooked at 69mins
  • 2Cavaco Cancelo
  • 10Parejo
  • 17Nani
  • 19RodrigoSubstituted forMina Lorenzoat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9El Haddadi
  • 11Bakkali
  • 13Domenech
  • 16Nicolás Cartabia
  • 20Medrán
  • 22Mina Lorenzo
  • 23Abdennour

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20Sergi
  • 14Mascherano
  • 23Umtiti
  • 19DigneBooked at 47mins
  • 21André GomesSubstituted forD Suárezat 71'minutes
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 25mins
  • 8IniestaSubstituted forRakiticat 14'minutes
  • 10MessiBooked at 73mins
  • 9L Suárez
  • 11NeymarBooked at 51mins

Substitutes

  • 4Rakitic
  • 6D Suárez
  • 17Alcácer
  • 22Vidal
  • 24Mathieu
  • 25Masip
  • 28Aleñá
Referee:
Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Attendance:
46,804

Match Stats

Home TeamValenciaAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home30%
Away70%
Shots
Home7
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Valencia 2, Barcelona 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Valencia 2, Barcelona 3.

Goal!

Goal! Valencia 2, Barcelona 3. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Aymen Abdennour (Valencia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty Barcelona. Luis Suárez draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Aymen Abdennour (Valencia) after a foul in the penalty area.

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

Foul by Santi Mina (Valencia).

Denis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Aymen Abdennour (Valencia).

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

Munir El Haddadi (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Santi Mina (Valencia).

Attempt saved. Munir El Haddadi (Valencia) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nani.

Attempt blocked. Eliaquim Mangala (Valencia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ezequiel Garay with a headed pass.

Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Sergi Roberto.

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Sergi Roberto with a cross.

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

Attempt missed. Nani (Valencia) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Parejo.

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

Foul by Santi Mina (Valencia).

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

Foul by Nani (Valencia).

Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

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

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Enzo Pérez (Valencia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Enzo Pérez (Valencia).

Booking

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

Aymen Abdennour (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Denis Suárez replaces André Gomes.

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia. Santi Mina replaces Rodrigo.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Mario Suárez (Valencia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Mario Suárez (Valencia).

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 22nd October 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona961229121719
2Atl Madrid85302131818
3Real Madrid85302281418
4Sevilla85211612417
5Villarreal84401441016
6Ath Bilbao85031310315
7Real Sociedad94141412213
8Las Palmas83321613312
9Eibar93331413112
10Real Betis93241119-811
11Alavés9243911-210
12Leganés8314913-410
13Celta Vigo8314916-710
14Malaga8233810-29
15Valencia93061318-59
16Espanyol91531217-58
17Dep La Coruña8224510-58
18Sporting Gijón9225718-118
19Osasuna91351119-86
20Granada9036823-153
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