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Barcelona 2-1 Valencia

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez is the joint second top scorer in La Liga with 23 - six behind Lionel Messi

Barcelona set a new La Liga record as a narrow win over Valencia extended their unbeaten league run to 39 matches.

The leaders, who exited the Champions League at Roma on Tuesday, led when Philippe Coutinho played in Luis Suarez to beat Neto at his near post.

They looked comfortable when Samuel Umtiti headed in Coutinho's corner.

But the visitors gave them a late scare when Dani Parejo's penalty squirmed underneath Marc-Andre ter Stegen after Ousmane Dembele fouled Andreas Pereira.

Ter Stegen was at the centre of the game's other dramatic moment - when he gifted the ball to Valencia's Carlos Soler but then brilliantly saved Rodrigo's shot onto the crossbar.

Barca, who are now six results from the first unbeaten 38-game La Liga season, only need seven more points to seal the Spanish title.

They face Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final next weekend as they seek a domestic double.

The previous unbeaten La Liga record was Real Sociedad's 38 across 1978-79 and 1979-80.

Line-ups

Barcelona

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20RobertoSubstituted forNélson Semedoat 90+3'minutes
  • 3PiquéBooked at 7mins
  • 23Umtiti
  • 18Alba
  • 14CoutinhoSubstituted forDembéléat 79'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 5Busquets
  • 15Paulinho
  • 8IniestaSubstituted forD Suárezat 84'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez

Substitutes

  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 6D Suárez
  • 11Dembélé
  • 13Cillessen
  • 17Alcácer
  • 21André Gomes
  • 25Vermaelen

Valencia

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Murara Neto
  • 3Nunes Vezo
  • 24Garay
  • 5GabrielBooked at 75mins
  • 14Gayá
  • 18Soler
  • 10Parejo
  • 16KondogbiaBooked at 12mins
  • 7Gonçalo GuedesSubstituted forPereiraat 69'minutes
  • 19RodrigoSubstituted forZazaat 80'minutes
  • 22Mina LorenzoSubstituted forViettoat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Doménech
  • 4Murillo
  • 6Maksimovic
  • 8Vietto
  • 9Zaza
  • 11Pereira
  • 15Latorre Grueso
Referee:
Carlos del Cerro Grande
Attendance:
67,954

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamValencia
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home12
Away17
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 2, Valencia 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 2, Valencia 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Nélson Semedo replaces Sergi Roberto.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Simone Zaza (Valencia) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Andreas Pereira with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Denis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Rúben Vezo.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 2, Valencia 1. Daniel Parejo (Valencia) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  9. Booking

    Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona) after a foul in the penalty area.

  11. Post update

    Penalty Valencia. José Gayá draws a foul in the penalty area.

  12. Post update

    Denis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Luciano Vietto (Valencia).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Denis Suárez replaces Andrés Iniesta.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Paulinho (Barcelona).

  16. Post update

    Daniel Parejo (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

  18. Post update

    Geoffrey Kondogbia (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Valencia. Simone Zaza replaces Rodrigo Moreno.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Ousmane Dembélé replaces Coutinho.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 14th April 2018

  • BarcelonaBarcelona2ValenciaValencia1
  • SevillaSevilla2VillarrealVillarreal2
  • Las PalmasLas Palmas0Real SociedadReal Sociedad1
  • LeganésLeganés1Celta VigoCelta Vigo0
  • Ath BilbaoAthletic Bilbao2Dep La CoruñaDeportivo La Coruña3

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona32257081176482
2Atl Madrid31208351153668
3Valencia32205760332765
4Real Madrid31197577344364
5Real Betis32164125353052
6Villarreal32146124339448
7Sevilla32145134152-1147
8Girona32128124449-544
9Celta Vigo32127135044643
10Real Sociedad32117145752540
11Eibar31117133645-940
12Getafe31109123530539
13Ath Bilbao32912113538-339
14Leganés32116152739-1239
15Espanyol31812112638-1236
16Alavés31112182845-1735
17Levante31613122845-1731
18Dep La Coruña3268183265-3326
19Las Palmas3256212264-4221
20Malaga3145221948-2917
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