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Summary

  1. Barcelona's six-match winning run in La Liga ends
  2. Luis Suarez gives Barca the lead
  3. Santi Mina equalises for Valencia late in the game
  4. New Valencia boss Gary Neville takes charge on Sunday
  5. Barca two points clear at the top of the table
  6. FT: Real Madrid 4-1 Getafe

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By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

So, Gary Neville will officially take charge of Valencia on Sunday with a smile on his face after seeing his new side battle from behind to hold champions Barcelona to a draw. Neville's first match in charge is on Wednesday when his side host Lyon in the Champions League. Many thanks for your company. 

Serie A latest

Inter Milan 1-0 Genoa

There's still another 10 minutes left in Milan where Inter still lead Genoa. If they hang on then they will return to the top of Serie A. A match report from that game will appear on the BBC Sport website later.

'Brilliant gamble'

Valencia appoint Gary Neville

He will have to go into it full tilt and start delegating a little bit! It's a great opportunity for Gaz. He's brilliant at whatever he does and he has prepared for this over the past four or five years I’m sure. It’s a brilliant that a club like Valencia have taken a gamble on a young coach.

Paul ScholesFormer Manchester United midfielder

Two points dropped

Valencia 1-1 Barcelona

Bad day for Barcelona. Those missed chances in the first half have cost them. Their lead at the top of La Liga is down to two points. Barca have 34 points from 14 games while Atletico Madrid have 32. Real Madrid, who are third, are now just four points behind the leaders.

FULL-TIME

Valencia 1-1 Barcelona

Great fightback by Valencia as Barcelona's six-match winning run in La Liga comes to an end. Gary Neville has a terrific platform to build on. 

CLOSE!

Valencia 1-1 Barcelona

Valencia carelessly concede possession and here come Barcelona. The ball falls for Lionel Messi on the edge of the area and he pulls the trigger...and the keeper saves. A terrific finish to the game.

Valencia 1-1 Barcelona

The Mestalla has come alive. And so too have Valencia. They're going for the win. A grandstand finish. Three addittional minutes.

GOAL - Valencia 1-1 Barcelona

Santi Mina

Oh my word. A goal that has Gary Neville leaping out of his seat. Santi Mina rifles home a sublime equaliser after Paco Alcacer brilliantly chests down a long ball forward before laying it off for the teenager to net.

Santi Mina
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'Speaks the language of players'

Valencia appoint Gary Neville

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

It is a daunting leap from punditry into coaching and management, but Gary Neville is someone who always seemed destined to make his long-term career in the latter, even if this current time away from the studio turns out to be only temporary.  

One of the questions asked of elite players who make the move into management is whether they can they cope with handling players who may not have the same drive, attitude and approach as themselves.

Neville has his standards but will also be a realist. He will accept honest failings but not a lack of professionalism. He speaks the language of players so relating to them should not be a problem.

Serie A latest

Inter Milan 1-0 Genoa

Big news from Italy where Inter Milan have broken the deadlock against Genoa through Adem Ljajic. There's still around 25 minutes to go but if Inter secure three points they are heading back to the top of Serie A.

CLOSE!

Valencia 0-1 Barcelona

We're 12 minutes from the end of normal time and Valencia have just had their first serious chance on target, Rodrigo De Paul forcing Claudio Bravo to scramble across his line to keep out.

YELLOW CARD

Valencia 0-1 Barcelona

Valencia's Danilo is the latest to be booked for illegally stopping Lionel Messi in his tracks. 

CLOSE!

Valencia 0-1 Barcelona

Brilliant by Neymar as he embarks on a mazy run, past one white shirt and then another. He reaches the edge of Valencia's penalty area before unleashing a curling shot that fizzes just wide. Make no mistake. that would have been a goal of the season contender had that hit the net.

Neymar Messi
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Valencia 0-1 Barcelona

With the opening goal of the game @LuisSuarez9 has now scored 10 goals in his last 7 league games, scoring in each #ValenciaFCB #FCBlive

YELLOW CARD

Valencia 0-1 Barcelona

Bad news for Gary Neville. He will be missing his captain Dani Parejo when the team travels to face Eibar next week after the Valencia midfielder is booked for a cynical foul on Luis Suarez. Parejo is suspended under the totting up procedure.

Valencia 0-1 Barcelona

This is too comfortable for Barcelona. The teams might be separated by one goal but Valencia do not look like getting back into this.

Luis Suarez
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'He was always organising'

Valencia appoint Gary Neville

Gary's desire was always unbelievable and his leadership was great and that's what you want from a manager - desire, leadership and organisation and he's got that in abundance. Even as a youngster, he was always organising.

Danny HigginbothamFormer Manchester United defender

Valencia 0-1 Barcelona

Valencia's fans have found their voices once again. They're chanting Gary Neville's name!

Valencia 0-1 Barcelona

It has gone very quiet inside the Mestalla. Barcelona have the lead and they are controlling play.It's going to require something special for Valencia to get back into this.

Neymar
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Valencia 0-1 Barcelona

That was a fine finish by Luis Suarez. But Valencia will be unhappy the former Liverpool forward is still on the pitch after replays of his altercation with Aymen Abdennour appears to show a stamp.

GOAL - Valencia 0-1 Barcelona

Luis Suarez

Brilliant run and finish by Luis Suarez who out runs Aymen Abdennour before beating the keeper at his near post. There was nothing wasteful about that at all. 

Luis Suarez
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Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

Luis Suarez and Aymen Abdennour are still in each others ear following that earlier incident. This has descended into a tetchy and scrappy game. I suspect that will suit Gary Neville fine. Barcelona have hardly troubled the hosts this half.

'Not afraid of making big decisions'

Valencia appoint Gary Neville

He is the type of character who is not afraid of making big decisions, which is a vital skill when leading. I think he'll do well and I wish him, and his brother Phil, good luck.

Sir Alex FergusonFormer Manchester United manager

Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

Luis Suarez and Aymen Abdennour don't see eye to eye after a challenge and there's plenty of theatrics from the Valencia player. This is bubbling nicely.

Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

Luis Suarez
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Luis Suarez forces a save from Valencia's keeper but it wouldn't have counted even if he had found the net as the Barca forward is flagged off side. Did Gary Neville nip down to the dressing room at the interval to have a word with the players he's about to inherit? Scrappy start to the second half.

Serie A latest

Inter Milan 0-0 Genoa

Half-time in Milan. Frustration by the bucket load for Roberto Mancini and Inter.

KICK-OFF

Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

Surely Barcelona won't miss as many chances as they did in the first half? We're back under way.

'Success in Spain could lead to England job'

Valencia appoint Gary Neville

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

If England fail to shine in France and the Football Association decides on a change of direction, then success in Spain could put Gary Neville in pole position to succeed Roy Hodgson, especially with Gareth Southgate blotting his copybook with failure at last summer's under-21 Euros.

And what about Manchester United? Ryan Giggs would appear to be primed to succeed Louis van Gaal, whose pragmatic approach is drawing criticism from many supporters and former players such as Paul Scholes.

A reunion of "The Class Of 92" - which would bring the Nevilles back into play - would be seen as the dream ticket in Old Trafford's line of succession and if he comes through this tough Spanish test with flying colours his stock will only increase.

Serie A latest

Inter 0-0 Genoa

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More frustration...this time for Inter Milan. They need a win to take them back to the top of Serie A but Roberto Mancini's side have yet to make a breakthrough. There's around 10 minutes of the first half remaining.

HALF-TIME

Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

Tale of missed chances as far as Barcelona are concerned. Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar all guilty of squandering great opportunities.

Lionel Messi
AFP

Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

Foul on Luis Suarez in the dying moments of the first half. Quick free kick taken but Lionel Messi is dispossessed. Frustrating first half for Barca.

'Curious how he will do'

Valencia appoint Gary Neville

Valencia is a very big club in Spain with a lot of history. They have won a lot of titles also, so it's a big step, a big challenge for him. I am very happy but also curious how he will do."

Louis van GaalManchester United manager

CLOSE!

Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

How is this still goalless? Yet another chance for Barca...Neymar squares for Luis Suarez who is waiting to tap home on the six-yard line but Anderlan Santos manages to get a vital touch to take it away from the Barca striker.

Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

Ivan Rakitic fires an effort towards Valencia's net but it is blocked. It rebounds back to the Barca midfielder who tries again only to see it cannon off a white shirt. Valencia's players are putting their bodies on the line to keep out the visitors.

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Lionel Messi
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Never seen Barca miss this many clear cut chances in my life #bbceurofooty

Gary Neville has stated he will learn Spanish, why is everyone still going on about that he can't speak it. It's done with. #bbceurofooty

'Nothing to prove'

Valencia appoint Gary Neville

BBC Radio 5 Live

I don’t think Gary Neville has anything to prove to people in the business, but there will be fans out there who say ‘you talk a lot of sense on the television but can you go out and do it by producing a team?’ I think he can succeed. It is a great opportunity for him, with having a business relationship with the owner and his brother being there, and I totally understand why he has done it.

Andy TownsendFormer Republic of Ireland midfielder

CLOSE!

Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

Maybe this is going to be Valencia's night after all. Neymar volleys another golden chance over the bar from close range. What has happened to Barca's feared strike force?

Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

The television cameras keep switching to Gary Neville who is sitting with Valencia's hierarchy. Neville is not giving much away. He looks very serious in his dark suit. Not the Gary Neville who was stood with Salford City fans a few weeks ago celebrating an FA Cup goal.

Language barrier

Valencia appoint Gary Neville

Andy West

Spanish football writer

"One of the first and biggest concerns raised by Valencia fans is Gary Neville's lack of Spanish, with the question posed over how he can communicate with his players if he doesn't even speak the language.

This was a task former Everton and United manager David Moyes never overcame at Real Sociedad. And the fact Wales and Real Madrid striker Gareth Bale has learned little more than rudimentary Spanish has also been used against him during periods of criticism.

"Neville, however, can follow the example of his brother, who has clearly embraced the challenge of learning Spanish, regularly tweeting in the native tongue."