FC Barcelona took on Valencia in the Spanish La Liga game on Sunday night in a bid to keep themselves in the title race. However they started at the back foot when Valencia scored the opening goal thanks to Eliaquim Mangala. But Luis Suarez made it 1-1 on the night. Game went into a hyper mode just before the break as Messi and Munir El Haddadi scored within a minute of each other. Messi scored his second of the night just after the break to put Barcelona in lead.
FC Barcelona 4-2 Valencia Highlights
[ Spanish La Liga 2017 Match ]
29′ 0 – 1 Eliaquim Mangala gave Valencia a surprise lead at around half hour mark in first half.
35′ 1 – 1 Luis Suarez equalized for Barcelona minutes later after some nice build up play.
45′ 2 – 1 Lionel Messi put Barcelona in lead just before the halftime.
45′ 2 – 2 Munir El Haddadi immediately equalized for Valencia
53′ 3 – 2 Lionel Messi again Put Barcelona in lead 8 minutes into second half.
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.
Valencia 2-2 FC Barcelona – 22 October 2016
[ 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
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.