Barça rebounded from their disappointing Champions League exit with a 2-1 victory over Valencia to remain unbeaten in the Spanish League. This victory meant that the Blaugrana broke the all-time La Liga unbeaten record with 39 games without a defeat in the league.
Barça took the lead in the 15th minute after Suarez scored from a superb through ball from Philippe Coutinho, for the only goal of the first half. The Blaugrana would double their lead in the 51st minute when Umtiti headed in Coutinho’s corner kick. However, Barça were made to swear the final minutes of the match after substitute Ousmane Dembele brought down Valencia’s Gaya in the box. Parejo converted from the spot in the 86th minute after the ball squirmed under Ter Stegen’s body, but the Blaugrana managed to hang on for the victory. Next up will be an away match to Galician country to face Celta Vigo before traveling to Madrid to face Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final.
Match Stats (from Sport):
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto (Semedo, 91′), Piqué, Umtiti, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Paulinho, Iniesta (Denis Suárez, 83′), Coutinho (Dembélé, 77′), Messi & Luis Suárez.
Valencia CF: Neto, Ruben Vezo, Gabriel Paulista, Garay, Gayà, Kondogbia, Parejo, Carlos Soler, Guedes (Andreas, 68′), Santi Mina (Vietto, 70′) & Rodrigo (Zaza, 78′).
Goals: 1-0, Luis Suárez (m. 14′); 2-0, Umtiti (m. 51′); 2-1, Parejo, (m. 86′ – penalty).
Referee: Del Cerro Grande.
Cautions: Piqué (6′); Kondogbia (11′), Gabriel Paulista (74′).