Valencia 1 FC Barcelona 1

4 Feb

Barça had to settle for a point after a complicated game against Valencia at Mestalla tonight. Ever Banega fired Valencia deservedly in front after 33 minutes but a Leo Messi penalty five minutes later after Pedro was brought down by Joao Pereira brought Barça level. Chances fell to both teams in the second half to take all three points but Cesc Fabregas and substitute David Villa missed Barça’s best opportunies while Valencia were denied at the end by a splendid double save by Victor Valdés.Jordi Roura made only two changes to the team that drew 1-1 at Madrid on Wednesday. Victor Valdés returned in goal while Javier Mascherano replaced Carles Puyol in defence. For Valencia, Vicente Guaita was preferred over Diego Alves in goal while Ernesto Valverde’s decision to play Banega suggests the player was not drunk, just late, for Friday’s training session.

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