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Barcelona 1-0 Real Valladolid: Lionel Messi scores one penalty but misses another

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has scored at least 30 goals for Barcelona in all competitions in each of his past 11 seasons

Lionel Messi scored one penalty and missed another as Barcelona beat Real Valladolid to move seven points clear at the top of La Liga.

Messi scored his 30th goal of 2018-19 when he converted his first spot-kick after Michel had fouled Gerard Pique.

Barcelona were awarded a second penalty when substitute Philippe Coutinho was brought down by Kiko Olivas, but this time Jordi Masip saved Messi's strike.

Masip also made a number of saves to repeatedly deny Luis Suarez and Messi.

The result leaves Barcelona seven points clear of Atletico Madrid, who won 1-0 at Rayo Vallecano earlier on Saturday.

Real Madrid are third, two points behind Atletico, and play their game in hand on Sunday when they entertain Girona at 11:00 GMT.

With Barcelona facing Lyon in the opening leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday, manager Ernesto Valverde opted to have Suarez and Ivan Rakitic among the substitutes, with former Tottenham and Portsmouth man Kevin-Prince Boateng starting.

Boateng had a low shot saved by Masip, who was with Barcelona from 2008 to 2017, but the visitors themselves wasted a glorious chance when they failed to convert a four-on-two counter-attack with Nacho overhitting the cross.

Within a minute of that Valladolid chance, Barcelona were ahead. Pique, playing his 300th La Liga match for the club, burst into the penalty area, Michel had his arms on his shoulders and Messi stepped up to convert the resulting penalty.

Sergi Guardiola, a player sacked by Barcelona in 2015 within a day of joining them after historical tweets critical of the team and the region were discovered, was part of the Valladolid side and had a chance early in the second half, but shot narrowly wide from 25 yards out.

But the hosts continued to produce good chances as Masip made a brilliant save to keep out Messi's volley and then denied substitute Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.

A quick passing move involving Suarez and Coutinho saw the latter brought down for Barcelona's second penalty, but Masip pushed away Messi's effort, which had been placed in the same position as the first.

Masip kept his side in it with another excellent save to deny Suarez, with Messi also shooting narrowly off target. However, despite a good performance from the visitors, they could not force an equaliser and they are now 15th, three points above the relegation zone.

'We have not played well' - what they said

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique: "The only good news is the win, we have not played well. It's important to keep picking up the three points, but we have not played well and the feelings on the pitch were not positive.

"We struggled against them, we were not moving the ball quick enough and if not we suffer."

Real Valladolid goalkeeper Jordi Masip: "Bittersweet feelings. We had chances to get a draw and we need to be proud. We knew they would have chances of getting behind the defence.

"I managed to guess which way Messi was going to shoot (for the second penalty).

"We need to pick up some points and get away from the relegation zone and be a bit more secure."

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20Roberto
  • 3Piqué
  • 24Vermaelen
  • 18Alba
  • 22Vidal
  • 5Busquets
  • 21AleñáSubstituted forRakiticat 76'minutes
  • 10MessiBooked at 67mins
  • 19BoatengSubstituted forSuárezat 60'minutes
  • 11DembéléSubstituted forCoutinhoat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 4Rakitic
  • 7Coutinho
  • 9Suárez
  • 14Malcom
  • 15Lenglet
  • 30Peña

Real Valladolid

  • 1Masip
  • 2Fernández
  • 4Olivas Alba
  • 5Calero
  • 18Regal Angulo
  • 23MohamedBooked at 34mins
  • 21Herrero JavaloyasBooked at 70mins
  • 22Martínez García
  • 11VerdeSubstituted forVilla Suárezat 67'minutesSubstituted forPlazaat 76'minutes
  • 9ÜnalBooked at 11minsSubstituted forGontán Gallardoat 79'minutes
  • 12Guardiola Navarro

Substitutes

  • 8Fernández
  • 13Rodríguez
  • 17Moyano Lujano
  • 19Villa Suárez
  • 20Cop
  • 24Gontán Gallardo
  • 42Plaza
Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera
Attendance:
67,435

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamReal Valladolid
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home20
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away0
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 1, Real Valladolid 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 1, Real Valladolid 0.

Attempt missed. Coutinho (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

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

Offside, Barcelona. Ivan Rakitic tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

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

Foul by Stiven Plaza (Real Valladolid).

Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

Míchel (Real Valladolid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Keko (Real Valladolid).

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Penalty saved! Lionel Messi (Barcelona) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty Barcelona. Coutinho draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Kiko Olivas (Real Valladolid) after a foul in the penalty area.

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

Foul by Fernando Calero (Real Valladolid).

Attempt missed. Joaquín Fernández (Real Valladolid) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Attempt missed. Nacho (Real Valladolid) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Míchel following a set piece situation.

Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

Stiven Plaza (Real Valladolid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Valladolid. Keko replaces Enes Ünal.

Attempt missed. Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Valladolid. Stiven Plaza replaces Toni Villa because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Ivan Rakitic replaces Carles Aleñá.

Delay in match Toni Villa (Real Valladolid) because of an injury.

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

Foul by Antoñito (Real Valladolid).

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Carles Aleñá.

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Jordi Masip.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Coutinho replaces Ousmane Dembélé.

Booking

Míchel (Real Valladolid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Míchel (Real Valladolid).

Corner, Real Valladolid. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

Corner, Real Valladolid. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

Attempt blocked. Sergi Guardiola (Real Valladolid) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Antoñito.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 16th February 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona24166261233854
2Atl Madrid24138334171747
3Real Madrid23143640271345
4Sevilla23107638251337
5Getafe249963021936
6Alavés2310582427-335
7Real Sociedad249783025534
8Real Betis239592629-332
9Valencia2361342420431
10Eibar2471073334-131
11Levante2486103643-730
12Leganés247892530-529
13Espanyol2384112737-1028
14Ath Bilbao2351262328-527
15Real Valladolid2468101929-1026
16Celta Vigo2466123643-724
17Girona235992333-1024
18Rayo Vallecano2465132741-1423
19Villarreal2331192331-820
20Huesca2346132339-1618
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