Valencia vs barcelona - ngày 11/02/2016 - cúp nhà vua

Lionel Messi netted a brace, including a game-winning conversion from the penalty spot in the 94th minute, as Barcelona narrowly escaped Mestalla Stadium with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Valencia in La Liga on Saturday.

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Luis Suarez also scored for Barca, who moved atop the league table for the time being with 19 points from nine matches. All of the other clubs occupying the đứng top of the standings hold a match in hand, however, meaning their lead may not last long.

Meanwhile, Los bít put together a strong performance that could have resulted in three points on another day with a different referee. But goals from Munir and Rodrigo weren"t enough as the side suffered its sixth loss of the season, leaving the Los bít in 15th place.

Valencia manager Cesare Prandelli admitted coming into the fixture he didn"t own a secret formula to slow down Messi. Instead, he praised the dynamic Argentinian after his midweek hat-trick against Manchester thành phố in Champions League play, per Richard Martin of the Daily Mirror.

"Messi is fantasy football, he is what every child dreams about, because he is proof that when you have character, determination and talent you can make history," Prandelli said. "All the children in the world want lớn be Messi & I"m proud to face him."

The five-time Ballon d"Or winner wasted little time proving the opposing boss" point.


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Messi put Barcelona ahead in the 22nd minute, albeit in controversial fashion. The in-form forward took a pass from Ivan Rakitic near the đứng top of the box & used Suarez, who was in offside position, as a screen to beat Diego Alves for the opening goal.

Although Los bịt immediately appealed for an offside flag, the referee & his assistant opted against making the call against Suarez, who didn"t attempt to touch the shot.

Gabriele Marcotti of ESPN thought Barca caught a break:

Gabriele Marcotti

Messi, puts Barca 1-0 up against Valencia. But Suarez offside + interfering with play IMO. Should have been disallowed.

Nevertheless, WhoScored noted Messi continued to climb the goalscoring chart:

Lionel Messi: No player has scored more goals in La Liga this season than Messi (6)

The goal was one of several borderline calls that went against the home side in the opening 45 minutes. But Valencia were actually the better squad for the remaining portion of the first half after the Messi tally.

Nani appeared khổng lồ have a step on Samuel Umtiti in the box when the Barcelona defender bumped him to the ground. Shouts for a penalty from the increasingly frustrated Los che supporters were ignored.

Valencia continued lớn amplify the pressure, & Daniel Parejo nearly found an equaliser in the final moments before half-time. He managed to lớn break không lấy phí in the box, but Marc-Andre ter Stegen came up with a terrific stop in the one-on-one situation.

Aside from the entertaining back-and-forth action, the other notable moment in the first half was longtime Barca midfielder Andres Iniesta being forced khổng lồ leave due to injury. Though the extent of the ailment wasn"t immediately clear, he was in obvious pain while getting stretched off.

Ben Hayward of Goal commented on the injury, which caused the captain to lớn leave the pitch inside the first 15 minutes:

Ben Hayward

Awful lớn see Iniesta injured. Let's hope it's not serious. Nice reaction from home fans to chant his name as he was stretchered off...

Valencia carried over their aggressive play from the first half after the break, and it finally translated into some success in the final third.

Parejo showed great vision to lớn direct a pass into the path of La Masia hàng hóa Munir, who illustrated his immense potential with a calm finish into the corner of the net for the long-awaited tying goal. The Barcelona loanee made a tough play look easy.

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Sport English remarked on the 53rd-minute equaliser:

SPORT English

Outstanding hit from the lad Munir, never hit a ball so sweetly in his life. Doesn't celebrate.

Four minutes later, Los che grabbed the lead courtesy of Rodrigo. A nice buildup led to Nani delivering a sublime chip pass in the direction of the Spanish forward, who smashed an equally impressive half-volley into the far side of the net to lớn send the fans into a frenzy.

Sam Marsden of ESPN FC pointed out the change of emotion from the Valencia supporters after they spent much of the first half voicing their displeasure toward the officials:

Samuel Marsden

Mestalla absolutely rocking. Lovely pass from Nani và Rodrigo with the finish. All to bởi for Barça now.

It was a short-lived advantage, however.

Barcelona got back màn chơi just after the hour mark as Suarez blasted a rebound by Alves, who"d made a solid parry khổng lồ prevent a Rakitic header from finding a net off the corner. But the Valencia goalkeeper had no chance lớn stop the rocket from the polarising Uruguayan.

BarcaStuff noted Suarez seems to lớn enjoy going up against Los Che:

Nani had a golden opportunity to lớn give Valencia a shock lead late, but his 82nd-minute effort went excruciatingly wide. It"s a chance the 29-year-old veteran certainly should have capitalised on.

Sure enough, Barcelona took advantage of the mistake. Suarez got taken down in the box late in stoppage time and Messi slotted the ensuing penalty just beyond the reach of Alves lớn secure all three points for the visitors, who were outplayed for extended stretches during the match.

Ives Galarcep of Goal noted the star nguồn for the Blaugrana shined through once again:

Ives Galarcep

BEAUTIFUL passing combination by Messi & Suarez draws a last-second penalty kick w Barca-Valencia tied 2-2. Messi converts, 3-2 Barca

Looking ahead, Barcelona have a full week before their next match after a busy stretch coming out of the international break. They"ll look khổng lồ get some much-needed rest before returning to action next Saturday against Granada. That"s followed by a UCL rematch with Man thành phố on Nov. 1.

Valencia deserved much better than a last-second loss given their play throughout Saturday"s fixture. That said, if they can maintain that level of play moving forward, they should start climbing the table in the weeks ahead. Next up is a clash with Deportivo La Coruna on Oct. 31.

Post-Match Reaction

Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique doesn"t know exactly how much time Iniesta is going to miss, but he"s not expecting a simple short-term absence, per FC Barcelona Fl.

"I don"t know how long Iniesta will be out, but it will be weeks. I"m sure," he said.

The club"s official Twitter feed provided reaction from Suarez, who thought the comeback win really showcased Barca"s collective heart of the champion.

"It feels much better to win lượt thích that, we showed why we are the current league champions," the striker said.

Meanwhile, the Valencia boss khủng unsurprisingly lamented the calls that didn"t go his side"s way during the course of a physical match, as relayed by TotalBarca.

"Liga referees have too much respect for big teams," Prandelli concluded.