FC Barcelona battled back from being down two goals, thanks to Messi, to earn a 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou today. Valencia struck first blood through Kevin Gameiro in the 24th minute and four minutes later, they were up 2-0 when Dani Parejo converted from the spot. Barça thought would get their own penalty call when Toni Lato penalized Semedo inside the box and Messi converted from the spot to reduce the deficit to one six minutes from the break.
The second half saw the Blaugrana battle Valencia for the equalizer and that came in the 64th minute, after his long range curling shot from 20 yards snuck past Valencia’s goalkeeper Neto to make it 2-2. There was a scary moment afterwards when Messi required treatment on the sidelines but he returned to the field a few minutes. Unfortunately, the Blaugrana failed to score the winner and the game ended in a 2-2 draw. They now have 50 points after 22 fixtures and a 6 point lead that could be reduced tomorrow if Atletico win their away fixture against Real Betis. Barça will now shift their attention to Wednesday’s Copa del Rey Semi-Finals first leg against Real Madrid which will be played at the Camp Nou.
Match Info (From Sport):
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Semedo (Jordi Alba, 46′), Piqué, Vermaelen, Sergi Roberto, Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Aleñá (Arthur, 65′), Coutinho (Malcom, 82′), Messi & Suárez.
Valencia: Neto, Piccini, Garay, Gabriel Paulista, Lato, Wass, Coquelin (Kondogbia, 72′), Parejo, Cheryshev, Rodrigo (Santi Mina, 78′) & Gameiro (Ferran, 39′).
Goals: 0-1, Gameiro (24′). 0-2, Parejo (p.) (32′). 1-2, Messi (p.) (39′). 2-2, Messi (64′).
Referee: Undiano Mallenco
Cautions: Sergi Roberto (32′), Rakitic (45′), Jordi Alba (90′).