FC Barcelona visited Mestalla as they took on Valencia in the Spanish La Liga game on Saturday afternoon and it proved to be a cracking game of football. Barcelona took the lead thanks to Lionel Messi who scored in just 22nd minute. However Valencia turned things around at the start of second half where former Barcelona man Munir El Haddadi made it 1-1 before Rodrigo put Valencia in lead minutes later.
Suarez however scored midway through second half to bring Barcelona back on level terms. But a late late goal by Messi wins important three points for Barcelona.
Valencia 2-2 FC Barcelona highlights
[ Spanish Primera Liga 2016-17 Match ]
22′ 0 – 1 Lionel Messi opened the scoring in 22nd minute as Barcelona looked to take the game by scruff of the neck.
52′ 1 – 1 Munir El Haddadi found a way to get Valencia back on level terms just after the break and it changed the whole complection of the game.
56′ 2 – 1 Rodrigo made it 2-1 for Valencia minutes later as Mestalla went crazy.
62′ 2 – 2 Luis Suarez scored in 62nd minute to bring Barcelona back into the game again.
90′ 2 – 3 Lionel Messi
Valencia vs Barcelona Preview: On paper this is a massive game in Spain but in terms of competitive nature there is only one result coming to mind and that is a comfortable Barcelona win. Valencia has lost 3 of their opening 4 home games and the Barcelona side who dis-mental Man City in midweek will be full of confidence. Messi’s hattrick and Neymar among the scorers against City will only put fear in already shaky Valencia defense.
Barcelona has won Copa Del Rey for record 27 times and this season they have been absolutely sensations in all competitions, specially at home. Luis Enrique side has not conceded more than 1 goal in a home game which makes Valencia’s task a bit more difficult. Both teams meet earlier in the season back in december when Santi Mina’s late goal canceled out Suarez strike to earn surprising 1-1 draw for Valencia and Gary Neville will be hoping atleast a similar result so that they can have something to play for in second leg.
Predictions: Its hard to predict anything other than a Barcelona win no matter where and which team they are playing against. Valencia will have to get their act together or fear the prospect of tie finishing in first leg if they let Barcelona get away with early lead. I am going with a 3-1 win for Barcelona in this one which will pretty much settle the tie.