Valencia 1-1 Barcelona: Messi cancels out early Garay goalOctober 8, 2018
Lionel Messi’s sixth goal of the season was enough to earn Barcelona a point at the Mestalla but continue their winless run in La Liga for the fourth consecutive game.
The Argentinian superstar cancelled out Ezequiel Garay’s early goal as Valencia continue to seek their first win of the season.
Valencia went ahead after two minutes through Garay when Barca failed to clear a corner with the defender on hand to tap it in after the ball evaded everybody.
The Bats should have gone 2-0 up within the first ten minutes of the game but on-loan striker Michy Batshuayi’s thunderbolt shot produced a spectacular save from German goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen.
With the run of play the Spanish champions levelled midway through the first half when Messi latched onto an excellent pass and unleashed a venomous shot from 20 yards into the bottom hand right corner and continue his impressive domination against Valencia. The 29-year old has now managed to score 25 times against the Los Che in all competitions.
Barcelona arguably had their best game during their midweek win against Tottenham but their struggles continued in La Liga as the home side had the more clearer chances to edge the victory.
Russian winger, Denis Cheryshev, who came on for the injured Gonçalo Guedes, found himself all alone in the opposition box but for his effort to blocked by a last ditch effort from the defender.
The Bats though had another opportunity to go ahead this time through left back Jose Gaya whose shot went a whisker wide after anticipating the rebound.
Messi and his team applied the pressure in the second half but Marcelino’s men stood firm as the point moves them up to 13th whilst Barcelona fail to go back go the top of the table despite Real Madrid losing and sit 2nd, level with Atletico Madrid but behind Sevilla by a point.
Valencia: Neto, Piccini, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya; Soler, Parejo, Kondogbia (Coquelin, 79), Guedes (Cheryshev, 12), Gameiro (Rodrigo, 67),, Batshuayi
Barcelona: ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba, Arthur (Rafinha, 89), Busquets, Rakitic, Coutinho (Dembele, 88), Suarez, Messi