Messi goal vs Valencia: Messi equalizes with incredible strike

Messi goal vs Valencia: Messi equalizes with incredible strike

Messi goal vs Valencia: Messi equalizes with incredible strike

There did not look to be a way towards goal with three Valencians in front of him plus the goalkeeper, but Messi found one, curling a left-foot shot around defenders and inside the post for his 21st strike of the season.

As well as Messi, there are also doubts about Ousmane Dembele's availability for the game.

Messi then curled just wide of the Valencia post before Coutinho and Sergi Roberto both tested Los Che stopper Neto as opportunities continued to arrive with the match barely 17 minutes old.

With 24 minutes played, a swift counter-attack ended with Rodrigo picking out Kevin Gameiro, who made no mistake from six-yards out to silence the home fans.

Valencia were able to see out the latter stages of the second half to claim a valuable point on the road, while the point sees Barca move six points clear of Atletico Madrid.

Parejo doubled the advantage from the penalty spot after Roberto knocked down Wass trying to dispute a cross. We were dominating the ball and the feeling was that we could score goals.

Valencia are one of the few teams to take points off Barca this season after they held them to a 1-1 draw in October, but they had suffered a awful start to the season.

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"Valencia started really well but after that we were in control of the game", Valverde said.

He has now scored in 8 consecutive La Liga matches for the third time.

Who else? Time and time again throughout his storied Barcelona career, Messi has come to the rescue.

There was some concern over Messi five minutes later when the Argentine appeared to suffer a blow to his thigh, which required some treatment on the touchline, but he did eventually return to the field.

Luis Suarez had a shot deflected just wide of the post in the 85th minute as the champions looked for a dramatic victor, but the points were shared as Barcelona failed to win in the league for the first time since the end of November.

Youth teamer Juan Miranda played in the earlier rounds of the Copa del Rey, but didn't do so in the first leg of the quarter-finals against Sevilla, when right-back Nelson Semedo was asked to switch flanks.

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