Spanish La Liga

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.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 13BravoBooked at 90mins
  • 22Alves da Silva
  • 3Piqué
  • 24Mathieu
  • 21CorreiaBooked at 27minsSubstituted forRakiticat 45'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 5Busquets
  • 14MascheranoBooked at 54mins
  • 6HernándezSubstituted forRoberto Carnicerat 80'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9SuárezSubstituted forPedroat 65'minutes
  • 11Neymar


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


Formation 4-3-3

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


  • 2Cancelo
  • 3Vezo
  • 4Augusto
  • 7Negredo
  • 13Rodríguez Oterino
  • 20de Paul
  • 31Gayá Peña
José Luis González González

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamValencia
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 2, Valencia CF 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 2, Valencia CF 0.

  3. 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.

  4. Post update

    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.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by José Gayá (Valencia CF).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Javi Fuego.

  8. Booking

    Claudio Bravo (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Nicolás Otamendi.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Diego Alves.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Nicolás Otamendi.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto replaces Xavi.

  18. Booking

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia CF).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 18th April 2015

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