Spanish La Liga
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La Liga: Valencia 1-1 Barcelona

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has been involved in more La Liga goals against Valencia than versus any other opponent (32, 22 goals and 10 assists)

Lionel Messi's fine goal was not enough as Barcelona were kept off the top of La Liga by another frustrating draw in Valencia.

Barca - now four without a win in the league - fell behind when Gerard Pique made a mess of a clearance and Ezequiel Garay tapped in at the back post.

Messi then swapped passes with Luis Suarez and drilled in from 20 yards to equalise.

But Barca could not find a winner to leave Sevilla top of the table.

Top of the table

Sevilla had earlier picked up their fourth win a row by beating 10-man Celta Vigo 2-1.

In Valencia, Barcelona had 75% of possession but could only muster five shots on target all game, with Messi going closest to a winner when Neto saved his low shot.

Valencia have now drawn six of their eight league games, with Barcelona - brilliant against Tottenham in midweek - without a league win since beating Sociedad last month.

Line-ups

Valencia

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Murara Neto
  • 21Piccini
  • 24Garay
  • 5Gabriel
  • 14Gayá
  • 8SolerBooked at 43mins
  • 10ParejoBooked at 58mins
  • 6KondogbiaSubstituted forCoquelinat 79'minutes
  • 7Gonçalo GuedesSubstituted forCheryshevat 12'minutes
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 9GameiroSubstituted forRodrigoat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Doménech
  • 4Murillo
  • 11Cheryshev
  • 15Latorre Grueso
  • 17Coquelin
  • 18Wass
  • 19Rodrigo

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 3Piqué
  • 24Vermaelen
  • 18Alba
  • 4Rakitic
  • 5Busquets
  • 8ArthurSubstituted forRafinhaat 88'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9SuárezBooked at 41mins
  • 7CoutinhoBooked at 58minsSubstituted forDembéléat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6D Suárez
  • 11Dembélé
  • 12Rafinha
  • 13Cillessen
  • 15Lenglet
  • 19El Haddadi
  • 22Vidal
Referee:
José Luis González González
Attendance:
46,280

Match Stats

Home TeamValenciaAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home24%
Away76%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Valencia 1, Barcelona 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Valencia 1, Barcelona 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Rafinha (Barcelona).

  4. Post update

    Denis Cheryshev (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Rafinha replaces Arthur.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Ousmane Dembélé replaces Coutinho.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sergio Busquets.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Valencia. Francis Coquelin replaces Geoffrey Kondogbia.

  12. Post update

    Arthur (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Parejo (Valencia).

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  16. Post update

    Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Geoffrey Kondogbia (Valencia).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Valencia. Rodrigo Moreno replaces Kevin Gameiro.

  19. Post update

    Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Dangerous play by Geoffrey Kondogbia (Valencia).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 7th October 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla85121881016
2Barcelona84311991015
3Atl Madrid843194515
4Real Madrid8422127514
5Espanyol8422117414
6Alavés8422118314
7Real Valladolid833276112
8Real Betis833256-112
9Real Sociedad83231211111
10Celta Vigo82421312110
11Levante83141214-210
12Eibar8314912-310
13Getafe823367-19
14Valencia816167-19
15Girona82331013-39
16Villarreal822467-18
17Ath Bilbao7142913-47
18Leganés8215712-57
19Rayo Vallecano7124715-85
20Huesca8125718-115
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