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Summary

  1. Suarez prods in after just 55 seconds
  2. Messi pounces on rebound with last kick of the game
  3. Barca move five points clear of Real Madrid
  4. Madrid host Malaga later today (19:00 BST)
  5. FT: Hoffenheim 0-2 Bayern Munich

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Right, that's game over for this live text commentary - but, in the immortal words of Arnie Schwarzenegger, I'll be back.

I'll be back in about 90 minutes to bring you the latest from the Santiago Bernabeu, where Real Madrid host Malaga hoping to close Barcelona's five-point lead. Adios!

Nice 1-1 Paris St-Germain

French Ligue 1

French champions Paris St-Germain are looking to move top of Ligue 1 - for 24 hours at least as current frontrunners Lyon play tomorrow.

But Laurent Blanc's side are only drawing at mid-table Nice, who cancelled out Javier Pastore's opener with almost the last kick of the first half.

We are just approaching the hour mark on the Cote d'Azur.

Deportivo 0-1 Atletico Madrid

Spanish La Liga

Valencia's defeat at the Nou Camp means defending champions Atletico Madrid can consolidate third place with a win at relegation-threatened Deportivo.

And Diego Simeone's men are going the right way about it. France forward Antoine Griezmann sticks them ahead after seven minutes.

A win will move them four points behind neighbours Real Madrid, who play later on.

Stats of the day

Barcelona 2-0 Valencia

Barcelona
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Messi magic

Barcelona 2-0 Valencia

And, thanks to our statty friends at Opta, take a look at exactly how Lionel Messi has brought up the 400 mark...

Lionel Messi
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FULL-TIME

Barcelona 2-0 Valencia

Does a week ever go by without Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo passing a new landmark? Doesn't feel like it. Messi's late goal against Valencia is his 400th goal for Barcelona.

FULL-TIME

Barcelona 2-0 Valencia

Andy West

Spanish football writer at the Nou Camp

"Messi's goal and the final whistle immediately after are the cues for relieved celebrations from the home fans - three more points for Barca and they won't have many tougher games than that over the remainder of the season. Valencia ran them ragged at times in the first half but they held on and are now just six wins away from regaining the title."

FULL-TIME

Barcelona 2-0 Valencia

Referee Jose Luis Gonzalez toots his whistle for the final time today - game over. Massive win for La Liga leaders Barcelona, who move five points of Real Madrid. Los Merengues, of course, host Malaga at the Santiago Bernabeu in a couple of hours...

Barcelona 2-0 Valencia

Andy West

Spanish football writer at the Nou Camp

"Gooool! Messi is left completely alone as a desperate Valencia attack breaks down. He only has Diego Alves to beat, and although the Valencia keeper bats away his attempted lob, the rebound falls straight back to Messi who prods it home with the final kick of the game!"

GOAL

Barcelona 2-0 Valencia - Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi scores
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They think it is all over - it is now! Lionel Messi (who else?) puts the gloss on a crucial win for the Spanish leaders. The Argentine superstar pounces on a rebound to fire in the second goal.

YELLOW CARD

Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

Barca have been given a rough ride by fourth-placed Valencia - no doubt about it. Home keeper Claudio Bravo resorts to some time-wasting as the clock ticks down and the Chilean receives a yellow card for his troubles.

INJURY TIME

Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

The fourth official strides forward to the Nou Camp touchline, giant electronic board clasped in his hands. He raises it skywards to reveal there will be three minutes of stoppage time. Can Barca see out a vital win?

CLOSE!

Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

Messi
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Should be game over for Valencia - but it isn't. Barca sub Pedro smashes into the side-netting after being slid in by Lionel Messi.

Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

Andy West

Spanish football writer at the Nou Camp

"Well into the final five now and no sign of a Valencia leveller at this stage. They look tired, which is no surprise after their intense effort of the first half. But Barca stunned them with an injury time winner at Mestalla earlier in the season...time to get their own back?"

Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

Spanish La Liga

Neymar wriggles clear of the away defence in the channel, but the Brazil skipper cannot pick out a Blaugrana shirt in the box.

SUBSTITUTION

Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

Less than 10 minutes to go at the Nou Camp - and Barcelona decide to make another change. Veteran skipper Xavi's ageing legs are given a rest, with Sergi Roberto sprinting on in his place.

Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

Andy West

Spanish football writer at the Nou Camp

Barcelona
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"It's been a frustrating game for Neymar. Not much has gone his way and now he finally gets up a head of steam, charging towards the Valencia goal, only to be sent flying by Shkodran Mustafi with a challenge straight from the wrestling ring. One of the more obvious yellow cards you'll see is duly brandished."

CLOSE!

Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

Another chance goes begging for a Valencia equaliser! Los Che create their best opportunity of the second period when a loose ball drops to Rodrigo, whose fierce snapshot is well parried by home keeper Claudio Bravo. Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, who needs title rivals Barca to drop some points, must be kicking a chair in frustration somewhere in the bowels of the Bernabeu...

SUBSTITUTION

Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

Here comes the cavalry. Or the Beast to be more precise. On-loan Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo enters the action for the final 15 minutes or so. He replaces fellow Spain international Paco Alcacer, who was such a threat in the first half but has since faded.

Nice 0-0 Paris St-Germain

French Ligue 1

Let's head north from Barcelona for a moment, nip across the Pyrenees and along the coast to the French sunshine city of Nice.

Half an hour has gone in the Allianz Riviera, where the home side entertain defending champions Paris St-Germain. And the visitors could be behind. Nice's Carlos Eduardo escapes the PSG defence after a horrible error by David Luiz, only to let the Brazilian off the hook with a heavy touch.

Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

Andy West

Spanish football writer at the Nou Camp

"Huge ovation for Luis Suarez as he's replaced by Pedro. Two goals in a Champions League quarter-final and the opener in a must-win league game in the space of four days - no wonder he's so popular."

SUBSTITUTION

Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

Barca boss Luis Enrique decides it is time for another tactical change - but I didn't see this one coming. Man of the moment Luis Suarez, who netted the only goal of the game after 55 seconds remember, is withdrawn for Pedro.

Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

Andy West

Spanish football writer at the Nou Camp

"Quieter start to the second half, much quieter. Barca are enjoying a lot more comfortable possession but I get the impression Valencia are happy to let that happen for now, perhaps trying to make sure they don't go further behind and saving themselves for another big push later on."

FULL-TIME

Hoffenheim 0-2 Bayern Munich

Pep Guardiola celebrates
AP

And that intervention from the unfortunate Andreas Beck is pretty much the last kick of the match. Bayern go 13 points clear of second-placed Wolfsburg, who play tomorrow against Schalke.

GOAL

Hoffenheim 0-2 Bayern Munich - Andreas Beck (own goal)

Bayern Muenchen players celebrate
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Game. Set. Match. Hoffenheim defender Andreas Beck desperately slides in to stop Thomas Muller's low cross from the right - but only succeeds in turning the ball into his own net.

Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

Spanish La Liga

All quiet in the Nou Camp at the moment - exactly how Barcelona would like it. Although Valencia are looking the more threatening as they enjoy plenty of possession in the Barca half.

Hoffenheim 0-1 Bayern Munich

German Bundesliga

Little less than five minutes to go as Bayern Munich look to move a step closer to their third straight Bundesliga title. Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund - in their first match since Jurgen Klopp announced he will leave in the summer - are leading 3-0 now against Paderborn thanks to Shinji Kagawa's smart finish.

Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

Andy West

Spanish football writer at the Nou Camp

"Quieter start to the second half, much quieter. Barca are enjoying a lot more comfortable possession but I get the impression Valencia are happy to let that happen for now, perhaps trying to make sure they don't go further behind and saving themselves for another big push later on."

Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

Spanish La Liga

Barcelona are struggling to create many clearcut chances, with Valencia keeper Diego Alves having a relatively quiet afternoon - other than picking the ball out of his net of course. However, he is required by his side to easily gather Neymar's header from a Dani Alves cross.

Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

Andy West

Spanish football writer at the Nou Camp

"When you're trailing 1-0 but creating chances, what you really need is a proven goalscorer on the bench. Just as well for Valencia, then, that they have a certain Alvaro Negredo warming up on the sidelines. Won't be long before he's into the action."

Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

Spanish La Liga

Barca cannot replicate that lightning-fast start of the first half after the interval - but Luis Suarez briefly threatens again. The Uruguayan latches on to Lionel Messi's throughball - the same combination as for the goal - but is stopped in his tracks by the linesman's raised flag. He's offside.

Forward-thinking from Neuer

German Bundesliga

Manuel Neuir
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Here's Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer in action against Hoffenheim. And, no, that's not the edge of his 18-yard box - it's the halfway line.

SUBSTITUTION

Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

Barcelona are not the only ones to make a tactical switch. Valencia decide on a change of personnel too - Jose Gaya replacing left-back Lucas Orban, who was skating on thin ice with a yellow card.

Gaya is one of the most highly-rated young players in Spain and has been heavily linked to Real Madrid after failing to agree a new contract with Valencia.

Oh, and we have been back under way for a few moments. Nothing of note to report though....

SUBSTITUTION

Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

Andy West

Spanish football writer at the Nou Camp

"Ivan Rakitic on at half-time for Barca. Something needed to change and Luis Enrique has added greater dynamism and physicality to his midfield, which looks needed against this energetic Valencia team.

"That prompts a raft of positional changes as Sergio Busquets drops back into defensive midfield, Javier Mascherano goes into defence and Jeremy Mathieu moves to left-back to replace the substituted Adriano. Got that?"

Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

Spanish La Liga

The Barcelona players re-emerge from the Nou Camp tunnel, closely followed by their opponents. The fourth official springs into action before the game restarts - a substitution appears to be in the offing...

Elsewhere in Germany

German Bundesliga

Juergen Klopp instructs from the touchline
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Dortmund appear to be responding well to Jurgen Klopp's shock announcement that he will be leaving at the end of the season. They currently lead Paderborn 2-0 thanks to goals from Henrik Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Match stats

Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

Spanish La Liga

Barcelona
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Stat attack

Nice v Paris St-Germain (16:00 BST)

French Ligue 1

PSG have kept a clean sheet only twice in their last 12 away games in Ligue 1.

Barcelona 1-0 Valencia

Spanish La Liga

Spanish football writer Sid Lowe at the Nou Camp

on Twitter: "Andy Murray at the game ... missed the first goal."

Nice v Paris St-Germain (16:00 BST)

French Ligue 1

French champions Paris St-Germain, who are two points behind leaders Lyon, are about to kick off at mid-table Nice. But they are without talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is suspended after slagging off match officials recently.

Laurent Blanc's men are aiming to bounce back from their midweek defeat by Barca in the Champions League with a victory that will stick them top of the pile - for 24 hours at least.

Lyon entertain fifth-placed St Etienne tomorrow.