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Valencia 1-1 Barcelona: Referee dominates draw

An enthralling encounter finished 1-1 at the Mestalla with Barcelona remaining four points clear at the top.

The game opening minutes were dominated by an impressive Barca press. Valencia, who had scored 32 goals so far this season, were surprisingly defensive, allowing the visitors to have the ball.

Despite this, the Bluagranas had very few chances until near the end of the second half to the fury of the away team. Messi fired what seemed a straight foward shot at goalkeeper Neto, who fails to palm the ball away and allows it to bounce under his legs and over the line before slapping it away.

Despite clearly crossing the line, the referee rules the goal out and allows play to continue while Messi and co celebrate. Valencia then nearly score themselves, Zaza dragging his shot from distance wide of the target. Barcelona continued to turn up the pressure, but, were hindered by poor positional play from Luis Suarez and the half mircalously finished 0-0.

Valencia came out in the second half playing football which has seen them mount an unlikely title charge, their early dominance payed off when some lovely link up between Guedes and Gaya. The full back entered the area and pulled back for Rodrigo to open the scoring. The Spaniard celebrated with a bright red wig, in honour of former Valencia president Jaume Ortí.

Valencia then proceeded to squander a number of glorious chances to put the game to bed. Guedes was particularly wasteful, which could be explained by an injury which is now being to report to keep him out for the next month.

Barcelona had few chances to speak of until the last 10 minutes when a brillant Messi pass found Alba who fablously scored on the volley from a tight angle. The game finished chaotically with both teams having chances to win the game.

The draw means its as you were in the title race, both Madrid sides gaining just two points on their title rivals. The biggest talking point will be the referee, who added to the horrific decisions made by officals this season, further highlighting the need for modern technolgy in La Liga.

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