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Valencia 2-0 Barcelona: Quique Setien suffers first defeat as Barcelona boss

Maxi Gomez, Valencia
Maxi Gomez completed the scoring following a swift Valencia counter-attack

Quique Setien suffered his first defeat as Barcelona manager as Valencia claimed their first home win over the Spanish champions since 2007.

The hosts broke the deadlock when Jordi Alba deflected Maxi Gomez's powerful strike past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Gomez, who had a first-half penalty saved by Ter Stegen, completed the scoring in the second half.

There were unsavoury scenes before the game as rival fans clashed outside the Mestalla Stadium.

Setien had enjoyed a good start to his Barca reign, guiding the club to victories over Granada in La Liga and UD Ibiza in the Copa del Rey round of 32.

The visitors were quick to gain a stranglehold on possession but were almost non-existent as an attacking force in the first half, with Valencia enjoying the better of the early chances.

Los Che were gifted a golden opportunity to take the lead when Gerard Pique felled Gomez inside the penalty area, but the Uruguayan's spot-kick was superbly palmed to safety by Ter Stegen.

The former Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper had to be on his toes moments later to parry another Gomez effort on to the woodwork, before tipping Kevin Gameiro's follow-up past the post at full stretch.

Barcelona started the second half with greater purpose and Ansu Fati almost fashioned an opening after combining well with Lionel Messi, but the teenager could only poke his shot wide of Jaume Domenech's right-hand post.

Messi appeared eager to take matters into his own hands as the second half progressed, dragging a fierce low effort wide of the far post before heading off target from Antoine Griezmann's delivery.

Gomez ended the visitors' hopes of a late revival with 13 minutes remaining, curling into the far corner after Ferran Torres had broken clear down the right wing.

Former Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista thought he had made it 3-0 late on, but the Brazilian's volley was disallowed for an infringement inside the Barcelona box.

Second-placed Real Madrid can move three points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga if they win their game in hand at Real Valladolid on Sunday.

Line-ups

Valencia

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Doménech
  • 18Wass
  • 24Garay
  • 5Gabriel
  • 14Gayá
  • 20Torres
  • 17CoquelinBooked at 54mins
  • 6Kondogbia
  • 8SolerSubstituted forSobrinoat 90'minutes
  • 9GameiroSubstituted forRodrigoat 59'minutes
  • 22GómezSubstituted forCostaat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Costa
  • 4Mangala
  • 16Lee
  • 19Rodrigo
  • 23Sobrino
  • 28Rivero
  • 34Esquerdo

Barcelona

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20Roberto
  • 3PiquéBooked at 10mins
  • 23UmtitiBooked at 43mins
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 52mins
  • 31FatiSubstituted forColladoat 85'minutes
  • 21de JongSubstituted forRakiticat 85'minutes
  • 8ArthurSubstituted forVidalat 56'minutes
  • 18Alba
  • 10Messi
  • 17Griezmann

Substitutes

  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 4Rakitic
  • 15Lenglet
  • 22Vidal
  • 24Firpo
  • 26Peña
  • 30Collado
Referee:
Jesús Gil Manzano
Attendance:
45,961

Match Stats

Home TeamValenciaAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home26%
Away74%
Shots
Home8
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Valencia 2, Barcelona 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Valencia 2, Barcelona 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Barcelona. Samuel Umtiti tries a through ball, but Antoine Griezmann is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Arturo Vidal.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Geoffrey Kondogbia (Valencia).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona).

  9. Post update

    Rubén Sobrino (Valencia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Valencia. Rubén Sobrino replaces Carlos Soler.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Arturo Vidal (Barcelona).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Álex Collado replaces Ansu Fati.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Ivan Rakitic replaces Frenkie de Jong.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Samuel Umtiti.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Valencia. Jaume Costa tries a through ball, but Ferrán Torres is caught offside.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Valencia. Jaume Costa replaces Maxi Gómez.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 25th January 2020

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona21134450252543
2Real Madrid20127138132543
3Sevilla2111552720738
4Atl Madrid209832214835
5Valencia219753229334
6Getafe209652920933
7Villarreal219483629731
8Ath Bilbao2171042215731
9Real Sociedad209473328531
10Osasuna2161052825328
11Real Betis207672932-327
12Granada2183102528-327
13Levante2182112632-626
14Alavés2165102231-923
15Real Valladolid2041061723-622
16Eibar2064102029-922
17Mallorca2053122234-1218
18Celta Vigo2037101730-1316
19Espanyol2136121738-2115
20Leganés2035121633-1714
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