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M. Gómez
Ferran Torres
2 - 0
F. Coquelin
Yellow Card
M. Gómez
1 - 0
M. Gómez
Penalty Miss
M. ter Stegen
Penalty Save

Match Stats

26% 73%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 6 5
Total Passes 298 866
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Real Madrid RMA Real Madrid 38 26 9 3 70 25 +45 87 D W W W W
2 Barcelona BAR Barcelona 38 25 7 6 86 38 +48 82 W L W W W
3 Atlético Madrid ATM Atlético Madrid 38 18 16 4 51 27 +24 70 D W W D W
4 Sevilla SEV Sevilla 38 19 13 6 54 34 +20 70 W D W W W
5 Villarreal VIL Villarreal 38 18 6 14 63 49 +14 60 W L L W L
6 Real Sociedad RSO Real Sociedad 38 16 8 14 56 48 +8 56 D D W L D
7 Granada GRA Granada 38 16 8 14 52 45 +7 56 W W L W D
8 Getafe GET Getafe 38 14 12 12 43 37 +6 54 L L D L D
9 Valencia VAL Valencia 38 14 11 13 46 53 -7 53 L W L W D
10 Osasuna OSA Osasuna 38 13 13 12 46 54 -8 52 D W W L D
11 Athletic Club ATH Athletic Club 38 13 12 13 41 38 +3 51 L L W L L
12 Levante LEV Levante 38 14 7 17 47 53 -6 49 W W L L D
13 Real Valladolid VLD Real Valladolid 38 9 15 14 32 43 -11 42 W L L L W
14 Eibar EIB Eibar 38 11 9 18 39 56 -17 42 L W W D L
15 Real Betis BET Real Betis 38 10 11 17 48 60 -12 41 L L L W D
16 Deportivo Alavés ALA Deportivo Alavés 38 10 9 19 34 59 -25 39 L W D L L
17 Celta de Vigo CEL Celta de Vigo 38 7 16 15 37 49 -12 37 D L L D D
18 Leganés LEG Leganés 38 8 12 18 30 51 -21 36 D W W D W
19 Mallorca MLL Mallorca 38 9 6 23 40 65 -25 33 D L L W L
20 Espanyol ESP Espanyol 38 5 10 23 27 58 -31 25 D L L L L


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Valencia are next in action against Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday on the road. Barcelona take on Leganes in the same competition at Camp Nou on Thursday.
Valencia secure their first home win over Barcelona in LaLiga since 2007 with a 2-0 triumph this afternoon. An own goal from Jordi Alba and a strike from Maxi Gomez delivered the three points for Albert Celades' men. They were by far the better side and should have been ahead in the first half, only for Gomez to see his penalty saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The German denied the forward with another strike from distance, turning his effort on to the post before saving from Kevin Gameiro. However, the home side got the breakthrough in the second half when Gomez's strike was deflected into his own net by Alba. Barcelona tried to up the ante and Lionel Messi had a few openings at goal, but was unable to respond, placing two efforts wide of the target. Gomez ensured that his team would walk away with the win as he latched on to Ferran Torres' offload before burying a strike past Ter Stegen. It was a high-quality display from the hosts, while Quique Setien tastes defeat for the first time in the Barca dugout.
90' + 3' SAVE! Messi surges into the left inside channel and blasts his effort at goal from the angle, but Domenech holds firm to make the stop.
90' + 2' OVER! It has not been Messi's day in the final third as he sends his free-kick over the bar.
90' + 1' Kondogbia pulls back Messi in the final third and gives away a free-kick.
Carlos Soler
90' Sobrino replaces Soler for the home side for the closing stages of the contest.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
89' Kondogbia has had an impressive afternoon and he continues that level of performance by robbing Messi of possession before winning a free-kick from a foul from Rakitic.
87' Messi takes on a strike from the edge of the box, but it's a tame effort that travels safely into the arms of Domenech.
Álex Collado
Ansu Fati
85' Collado is on for Fati in the final third for the visitors.
I. Rakitić
F. de Jong
85' Rakitic replaces De Jong for Barcelona in the middle of the park.
84' After a two-minute delay, Soler sees his corner cleared by the first Barcelona defender Pique at the near post.
82' Gabriel finishes from a corner, catching the ball on the half-volley from Soler's delivery. However, the referee chalks off the goal for an apparent foul on Busquets in the build-up. VAR confirms that it's not a goal, but Valencia are allowed to retake the corner.
80' Soler tries to release Torres in the final third, but the winger is offside as he connects with a strike that he puts over the bar.
Jaume Costa
M. Gómez
80' Costa replaces Gomez for the home side.
Ferran Torres
77' Torres latches on to Wass' throw-in down the right flank. He takes a neat touch to move away from Umtiti before placing a perfect pass across the edge of the box for Gomez to collect and score.
M. Gómez
77' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! GOMEZ SCORES THIS TIME!!!!! 2-0 VALENCIA!!!!! The home side double their advantage on the counter as Gomez places his strike into the bottom-right corner. Torres is the architect as he collects on the right flank and turns away from Umtit. He spots Gomez in acres of space and releases the forward. He takes a touch to steady himself before curling his strike around Sergi Roberto and past Ter Stegen into the back of the net.
74' SAVE! Messi bends his effort at goal from the free-kick and it arcs towards the top-right corner, but Domenech gets across to push it away from danger.
72' Garay brings down Griezmann on the edge of the box and the referee awards a free-kick to the visitors.
70' CHANCE! Alba releases Griezmann down the left flank and he floats a pinpoint cross into the box. Messi arrives late and connects with the delivery with a header, only to guide his effort wide of the right post. A poor miss by the Argentine's standards.
68' OVER! Messi collects a pass from Alba and goes for goal with a first-time strike from the left inside channel that just sails over the bar and onto the roof of the net.
66' There's no out ball for Valencia at the moment to break the shackles from the Barca pressure. Gomez has been left isolated in the final third.
63' Barcelona are beginning to find their passing rhythm in the final third. The Valencia defence is having to soak up some serious pressure at the moment.
61' Rodrigo runs at the Barcelona defence before feeding a pass out wide to Torres. He goes for a deep cross to the back post for Soler, but it just travels away from the winger.
K. Gameiro
59' Rodrigo replaces Gameiro for the home side.
59' WIDE! Messi is inches away from the equaliser. He wins the ball back on the edge of the Valencia box before exchanging a one-two with Griezmann. He goes for the strike, but he places his effort agonisingly wide of the right post.
58' CHALLENGE! Gabriel does brilliantly again to stop Messi in the box, throwing himself into a sliding challenge with the Argentine to block his strike at goal from close range.
57' Gabriel makes a vital interception at the back to stop Vidal's throughball from reaching Messi in the Valencia box.
A. Vidal
56' Vidal replaces Arthur for the visitors in the middle of the park.
F. Coquelin
Yellow Card
54' Coquelin takes one for the team for the home side, dragging down Messi on the counter when Barca have numbers in the final third.
53' Torres takes the free-kick and hangs it deep towards the box, but it proves to be a simple claim for Ter Stegen.
Sergio Busquets
Yellow Card
52' Busquets pulls back Torres on the charge and goes into the book.
50' Fati lines up a cross into the box and it is deflected into the path of De Jong. He takes on the strike, but sends a tame effort into the hands of Domenech.
M. Gómez
48' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! 1-0 VALENCIA!!!! The home side take the lead as Gomez's strike beats Ter Stegen with the aid of a deflection from Alba. Gomez begins the surge at goal first seeing a low cross travelling agonisingly away from Gameiro. Gaya keeps the attack alive and swings a cross back into the box. Gomez collects in the right inside channel and powers an effort towards goal that deflects off Alba to find the back of the net.
46' CHANCE! Barca open up the Valencia defence straight from the kick-off. Fati plays a one-two with Messi to break into the final third. He tries to guide a right-footed shot past Domenech, but he places his effort wide of the left post.
46' We're back underway at the Mestalla.
Valencia cannot be too deterred by their failures in the final third. They've put the visitors under a lot of pressure, but have just lacked the clinical edge to take one of those openings. If they keep on creating chances, Albert Celades' men will get their reward.
It's goalless at the break between Valencia and Barcelona in their LaLiga clash at the Mestalla. The home side should be ahead as Maxi Gomez failed to convert from the penalty spot after Jose Gaya was fouled by Gerard Pique. Gomez saw his penalty saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, diving to his left to make the stop. The German was busy in the first half and was called on again to deny Gomez before pushing away an effort from Kevin Gameiro. Francis Coquelin was the next to test the Barcelona keeper, but he held firm once again. The Catalan club have been quiet outside of two efforts from distance from Lionel Messi. It has not been a confident performance from the visitors and Quique Setin may have to make changes to get a response from his tea,.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
45' Sergi Roberto releases Griezmann in the right inside channel and he tries to force a low ball across the face of goal. Gabriel reads the danger from the Frenchman's cross to clear the danger.
S. Umtiti
Yellow Card
43' Umtiti is booked for his challenge on Gomez. Both Barca centre-backs have now been carded.
43' Umtiti fouls Gomez on the half-way line, but Soler releases Torres down the right flank. However, the referee blows his whistle for the foul, preventing the advantage, much to the fury of the home side and their supporters.
41' Garay makes a vital interception at the back to stop Busquets' reverse pass from finding the run of Messi in the box. He had to make that intervention to deny the visitors.
40' Barcelona have not been able to threaten in the final third. Their play has been one-paced and there has not been a great deal of movement from Griezmann and Fati.
38' Kondogbia gives the ball away and it almost allows Arthur to surge through the middle. He offloads to Messi, who is forced wide from the right inside channel. The Argentine tries to work it back to Sergi Roberto, but his pass is intercepted.
36' Messi goes for goal and he changes his trajectory on this occasion getting the ball down with a low strike at goal, but Domenech watches it all the way to make the stop.
35' Messi draws a foul from Soler in the middle of the park and it allows the Argentine to line up another strike at goal from a free-kick.
33' Barcelona are looking lost on the pitch at the moment. Valencia are putting them under real pressure at the back and not even Messi can produce a spell of possession to stem the tide.
31' STOP! Coquelin lines up a blast from 25 yards and his effort travels through a crowd of players. Ter Stegen gets down to make the stop, but cannot hold the ball. He just manages to sprawl to smother the rebound ahead of Gameiro in the six-yard box.
29' DOUBLE SAVE! Ter Stegen keeps the scores level once again with two fantastic stops to deny the home side. Gomez raids down the left flank before cutting back to shoot on his right foot. He blasts his effort towards goal, forcing Ter Stegen to react to turn it on to the post. Gameiro latches on to the rebound and tries a strike on the half-volley, but the German reacts once again to turn his strike past the post.
28' OVER! Messi goes for goal with his strike and although he clears the wall, the ball keeps on travelling on an upward trajectory and soars over the bar.
26' Messi is brought down by Gameiro with a bodycheck within shooting range. The Argentine will line up the resulting free-kick from 30 yards.
23' Frustration for Alba on the left flank as he loses possession and then fouls Wass on the wing.
21' The visitors are struggling for rhythm in their passing game as Valencia are providing a strong press inside their own half.
19' CLOSE! Wass and Torres combine down the right flank, which sees the latter whip a dangerous cross into the box. Sergi Roberto goes to head the ball clear, but it strikes Pique and travels towards goal. Fortunately for Barca, Ter Stegen is alert to the danger and makes the stop.
16' Torres collects on the right flank and tries to beat the attention of Umtiti and he wins a free-kick for the home side. It has not been an easy start for the Barcelona centre-backs.
14' That was a huge opportunity for Valencia to put the visitors under pressure, but Gomez was unable to take it. Celades will be hopeful that does not effect his confidence for the rest of the contest.
M. Gómez
Penalty Miss
12' MISS! Gomez fails to convert from 12 yards. He strikes his effort with power on the side of his right boot towards the right side of the net. However, it's a comfortable height and pace for Ter Stegen to produce a solid stop. A huge moment in the game.
M. ter Stegen
Penalty Save
12' SAVE! Ter Stegen keeps the scores level with a fine save to deny Gomez from the penalty spot. The ball is struck at a decent height for the keeper to get across to his left to beat it away from goal.
Yellow Card
10' Pique goes into the book for his challenge on Gaya.
10' PENALTY TO VALENCIA! Pique brings down Gaya inside the box after the full-back skips past a challenge from Sergi Roberto with ease. Pique slides in and fouls the Valencia man. The referee does not hesitate in pointing to the spot.
9' Sergi Roberto brings down Gomez on the charge for the home side, giving away a free-kick inside the Barcelona half.
7' Alba surges down the left flank and looks for the run of Griezmann inside the box, but he misplaces his offload into the middle.
5' Messi collects a lay off from Sergi Roberto and turns to shoot on his left foot, but he gets crowded out before he can pull the trigger.
3' Barcelona are working the ball around the pitch in the early stages of the game, probing the Valencia backline for weaknesses.
1' We're underway at the Mestalla.
Valencia have failed to win in their last seven LaLiga games against Barcelona (D3 L4), and their last win against them in the competition was away from home (2-1 in April 2016).
There are also seven changes for Barcelona from their win over Ibiza - with Messi among the names returning to the line-up. Ter Stegen takes his place back between the sticks, while Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Arthur and Busquets all come back into the fold.
Only four players from Valencia's win over UD Logrones retain their places in the starting line-up this afternoon. Domenech, Torres, Soler and Gomez all start. However, Wass, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya, Coquelin, Kondogbia and Gameiro all come into the side after missing out during the week.
BARCELONA SUBS: Nelson Semedo, Ivan Rakitic, Clement Lenglet, Arturo Vidal, Junior Firpo, Inaki Pena, Alex Collado.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergio Roberto, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Arthur, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong; Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Ansu Fati.
VALENCIA SUBS: Jaume Costa, Eliaquim Mangala, Lee Kang-In, Rodrigo Moreno, Ruben Sobrino, Cristian Rivero, Vicente Esquerdo.
VALENCIA (4-4-2): Jaume Domenech; Daniel Wass, Ezequiel Garay, Gabriel Paulista, Jose Gaya; Ferran Torres, Francis Coquelin, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Carlos Soler; Kevin Gameiro, Maxi Gomez.
Barcelona won their second game in a row under new manager Quique Setien by beating Ibiza during the week in the Copa del Rey. The Catalan club were required to come from behind to defeat the Segunda B side on the road after Pep Caballe put the home side ahead. However, Antoine Griezman equalised before notching the winner in the 90th minute. Barca now turn their attention back to the league where they're level on points with Real Madrid at the top and will be aiming to take a three-point advantage over their rivals with a win this afternoon.
Valencia bounced back from a 4-1 hammering at the hands of Mallorca by beating UD Logrones in the Copa del Rey during the week. Maxi Gomez scored the only goal of the game to secure the victory and guide the club through to the next round of the competition. Albert Celades' men needed a response from their defeat to Mallorca. They're currently sitting in eighth place in LaLiga, four points off the pace of Sevilla in the final Champions League place. Valencia know that a flawless effort will be required to beat Barca today.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the LaLiga clash between Valencia and Barcelona at the Mestalla.