Barcelona vs Valencia summary: score, goals, highlights LaLiga 21/22
Barcelona 3-1 Valencia: as it happened
Memphis Depay celebrates scoring Barcelona's second with Eric García during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Valencia at Camp Nou.
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Barcelona take all three points at Camp Nou
Barcelona recorded an important victory over Valencia before next week's Clásico with Real Madrid.
Valencia took an early lead when José Luis Gayà buried an effort from the edge of the box in the 5th minute.
Barcelona then drew level after neat play between Ansu Fati and Memphis Depay led to a super finish from the former to make it 1-1.
Memphis stepped up to score from the spot before the break and Barcelona went in 2-1 up after 45 minutes.
The second half saw Sergio Agüero came on to a huge reception for his Barça debut at Camp Nou.
Substitute Philippe Coutinho wrapped the game up in the 85th minute with a low finish from close range to give Barcelona a two-goal lead and Ronald Koeman's men held out for a 3-1 win.
FT: Barcelona 3-1 Valencia
There will be three minutes added on.
Yunus Musah goes on a run down the right. Nico slides across the stop the USA international and it's a corner for Los Che.
Barcelona have a two-goal lead as we approach the 90th minute at Camp Nou.
Dest comes off for Agüero and hands his shirt to a kid in the stands. Always a nice touch.
Sergio Agüero comes on for his Barcelona debut.
Barcelona 3-1 Valencia
The Brazilian is all alone eight yards from goal and finishes well from Dest's cross from the right.
Philippe Coutinho scores his first goal of the season.
His free-kick whizzes past Ter Stegen's left-hand post. He gets it up and over the wall but can't keep it on target.
Barcelona are now playing with five at the back as they look to hold onto all three points. It's not the Barcelona way, but this is indeed a different Barcelona from what we became used to.
Maxi Gómez gets a yellow card for a tussle with De Jong in the air as both players challenge for the ball.
Coutinho picks up the ball inside the box and goes to curl it into the far top right corner. Diakhaby gets a vital header to the ball. The resulting corner comes to nothing.
Carlos Soler sprints right through the Barcelona defence. He eventually crosses from the right to Maxi Gómez but Piqué is there to clear. It remains 2-1 to Barcelona.
There haven't been many real chances of note in the last quarter of an hour and the changes have slowed things down.
With 15 minutes to go, this could go either way as neither side has really taken the game by the scruff of the neck.
Ter Stegen has completed 22 of his 25 passes tonight.
OFF Guedes & Foulquier
ON Cheryshev & Yunus Musah
Yunus Musah is warming up for Valencia.
Double change for Barcelona:
OFF Sergi Roberto & Gavi
ON Mingueza & Nico
Valencia have grown more into the game as it has gone on. Barcelona haven't been able to maintain their impressive display from the first half.
Barcelona 2-1 Valencia
Coutinho beats Foulquier and gets to the byline before sending in a low cross. Cillessen gets a hand to it before Valencia manage to clear it.
Foulquier picks up a yellow for a foul on Gavi. That's a deserved booking.
Dest shoves Guedes off the ball. Free-kick to Valencia.
OFF Hugo Duro
ON Marcos André
OFF Ansu Fati
ON Philippe Coutinho
Here comes Philippe Coutinho.
Ter Stegen saves!
Guedes buries a shot at Ter Stegen from the edge of the box. The German netminder stands strong and saves with his left hand. Guedes strikes it well but Barca keep their lead.
I wonder will we see Sergio Agüero today...
Ansu Fati drives at Foulquier once again but the full-back sticks out a toe to nick the ball. Foulquier will be glad to see the end of this one!
The Valencia midfielder takes a touch to set himself up, before unleashing a low drive from 18 yards that comes crashing back off the post. Valencia go so close to equalising at Camp Nou.
Soler off the post!
Gerard Piqué during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Valencia at Camp Nou.
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It's hard to believe that Ansu Fati has been out for almost a year and is back to sizzling form already. He is, by the way, still just 18!
Fati drives his left-footed effort low and hard but the Valencia keeper gets a big hand to it.
Cillessen denies Ansu Fati!
Neither side has made any changes at the break.
If you're just joining us, Barcelona lead 2-1 after a cracking first half.
Barcelona get us underway for the second half!
The players are on their way out for the second half.
Barcelona lead 2-1 at the break thanks to goals from Ansu Fati and Memphis Depay.
HT: Barcelona 2-1 Valencia
Soler's free-kick from the left-hand side of the box hits the wall...
It has been a super opening 45 minutes at Camp Nou.
There will be two minutes added on.
What a hit by Memphis! He smashes the penalty into the top right corner
Barcelona 2-1 Valencia
Memphis steps up...
The referee pointed to the spot for a foul on Ansu Fati by José Luis Gayà. It looks like the Valencia player actually gets the ball. Let's see!
Penalty for Barcelona!
Maxi Gómez elbows Piqué in the face as he looks to hold the ball up. Naturally, it's a free for Barcelona. Piqué is down on the ground.
Ansu Fati and Alba are causing Valencia real problems down the left. Busquets picks out Fati with an excellent cross-field ball. Fati beats Foulquier down the left and falls over. Every time Barca get the ball they look to switch to Ansu on the left wing.
Busquets is booked for a challenge on Soler.
Depay pings his free-kick way over the bar. That is one to forget.
Diakhaby shoves Frenkie de Jong off the ball. Barcelona have a free-kick about 35 yards out.
Fati fouls Diakhaby. Valencia win another free. There has been no shortage of free-kicks in the opening 30 minutes. 1-1
Barcelona - 56%
Valencia - 44%
The Portuguese forward turns De Jong inside out, before shooting wide of Ter Stegen's post.
Piqué fouls Maxi and it's a free for the away side. 1-1
Gavi gets the first yellow card of the game after a foul on Carlos Soler.
Gavi fouls Guillamón and it's a free for Valencia in their own half. Gavi was exceptional for Spain at the Nations League and will be more confident than ever on his return to Barca.
Good play down the left by Alba wins Barcelona a corner. Maxi clears the danger for Los Che.
Ansu Fati curls his effort in from 20 yards. It's a super strike, low and hard into the far corner. Memphis lays it off to the 18-year-old in a quick one-two and Fati shows just why they love him so much at Camp Nou.
Valencia are defending in typical José Bordalás style - a 4-4-2 formation.
Brilliant chance for Barcelona
Alba sends a low cross across the 6-yard box. Gaya gets ahead of Dest at the back post to kick it clear. Dest had an empty net to tap into but the Valencia captain read it superbly.
Sergi Roberto is playing at right-back, with Dest playing right wing.
Well it has been a very lively start at Camp Nou. Bordalás will be delighted with his side's start.
Barcelona 0-1 Valencia
The ball falls to the Valencia captain about 25 yards out and he smashes it first time into the bottom corner, giving Ter Stegen no chance.
On his first start in almost a year, Fati works his way into the box. His effort comes off Foulquier and hits the side netting. A positive start from the home side.
Barcelona are playing from left to right as we watch it. Valencia are wearing their traditional colours of white and black.
Valencia get us underway!
The teams make their way onto the pitch at Camp Nou.
Kick-off at Camp Nou is just 5 minutes away!
It's a big week for Barcelona:
October 17: Barcelona vs Valencia
October 24: Barcelona vs Real Madrid
Valencia starting XI
- 13 Cillessen
- 20 Foulquier
- 14 Gayá
- 12 Mouctar Diakhaby
- 5 Gabriel Paulista
- 19 Hugo Duro
- 18 Wass
- 10 Carlos Soler
- 6 Hugo Guillamón
- 7 Gonçalo Guedes
- 9 Maxi Gómez
Barcelona starting XI
- 1 Ter Stegen
- 20 Sergi Roberto
- 18 Alba
- 3 Piqué
- 24 Eric Garcia
- 30 Gavi
- 21 Frenkie De Jong
- 5 Busquets
- 2 Sergiño Dest
- 10 Ansu Fati
- 9 Depay
Kick-off is just over 20 minutes away...
Valencia sit in 8th place on the same number of points as Barcelona (12).
Barcelona in LaLiga as things stand...
Ansu Fati starts for Barcelona
Ansu Fati during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Levante at Camp Nou on September 26, 2021.
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Sergio Agüero and Ansu Fati have been included in Barcelona's 23-man squad for Sunday's crucial LaLiga clash with Valencia at Camp Nou.
Manchester City great Agüero has yet to feature in a competitive game for Barça since joining at the end of May, due to a troublesome calf issue.
Fati is being eased back into the first team after a long-term knee injury absence, with the teenage forward having featured three times as a substitute since making a return from a near year-long lay-off.
We'll have the Valencia team news for you as soon as it comes in!
Barcelona XI vs Valencia
Ter Stegen - Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Eric García, Alba - Dest, Busquets, Gavi, De Jong, Ansu Fati - Memphis.
Barcelona and Valencia face each other on Sunday as both sides return to domestic duty following the international break.
Barcelona could hand striker Sergio Agüero his debut at Camp Nou.
Barcelona vs Valencia live: welcome
Hello and welcome to AS English's live coverage of this LaLiga matchday 9 fixture as Barcelona host Valencia at Camp Nou.
Kick-off is at 15:00 ET / 21:00 CEST.