Valencia 1-4 Barcelona summary: score, goals, highlights, LaLiga 21/22
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Aubameyang ended up with a hat-trick after being awarded the goal that was originally given to Pedri. Super strike from the 19-year-old, but Aubameyang got the faintest of touches to claim it!
Decent game but Xavi's side always one step ahead of Los Che.
All over in Valencia as Barcelona run out 1-4 winners. 6 shots and 4 goals from the Catalan side as Aubameyang gets his first goals in a FC Barcelona shirt.
Last minute of the action.... Barcelona will now turn their attention towards Thursday's trip to Naples ahead of the Europa League clash.
Dest clips Gil and is carded
Bryan Gil has been excellent for Valencia today and always a source of danger for the visitors.
5 minutes to be added
Jordi Alba on the ground as Barcelona appeal for a free after Diakhaby flies in with the studs showing
With this win, Barcelona will reclaim fourth place in LaLiga with the Champions League places being occupied by Real Madrid, Sevilla, Betis and FCB. Atleti would move to 5th.
Alderete and Duro swapped for Comert and Andre come on.
Hugo Duro twists and shoots from a very acute angle but pulls the ball wide
Luuk de Jong and Adama set to join the action with Gavi and Auba making way for the pair.
Hugo Duro strikes from close range and forces a fine save from Ter Stegen....
Time very much against Valencia now with the fourth Barça goal really delivering a major body blow for the home side. Home fans now quiet too.
Soler carded for Valencia
Lato collided into Gavi and the Valencia man is carded.
Valencia enjoying the better of the game now as Barcelona sit deeper.
Valencia corner as Duro heads but the effort is straight at the German keeper. 15 minutes left at Mestalla.
Dest and Gil collide and the Barcelona medics are called on to attend to the US international.
Nico carded straight away after clashing with Soler.
Valencia press again and this time Gil is the man to shoot but his effort is averted by the men in azul-grana.
Dembele makes way for Nico.
Great play from Gil again as he finds Recic and the ball is deflected for a corner. Better now from Valencia.
Gaya seems to have tweaked a hamstring as the Valencia physios apply an icepack to the damaged area
Great ball from Gil as he forces Ter Stegen to punch the ball back into open play and fortunately for the Cataln side the ball fails to fall to a man in white.
Ilaix makes way for Recic.
Looks like the Valencia captain has picked up a knock of some sort as he looks miserable leaving the field.
Gayà makes way for Lato
The goal has silenced Mestalla once again !
What a strike from the Canary Islander as the ball curls high and into the corner of the Valencia net.
Over an hour of the contest gone and the Soler goal has added an edge to the game again... the Mestalla crowd now back on side ...
De Jong makes way for Pedri.
Soler strikes and the ball is just inches wide from the Valencia man's strike.
The game has come alive now with the Soler header as Pedri is poised to make an entrance.
Araujo carded too for the recent incident involving Duro,
Yellow card for Hugo Duro for protesting
Last time when Barcelona were three ahead at the break was in Balaidos vs. Celta... that game ended 3-3!
Gooooooooool as Soler nods home to bring Valencia back into the contest. Great cross from Gil and a bullet header from Soler.
No, in the end, offside against the former Arsenal man is the verdict....
The Gabonese striker now getting attention after a stamp to the ankle.
Barcelona start strongly as Auba lies on the Mestalla pitch in some trouble.
Off we go again at Mestalla. Valencia desperately need an early goal to claw their way back into the contest.
Maxi Gomez set to make an entrance and it looks like that Guillamon makes way
Mingueza too on for Barcelona, Garcia makes way.
The whistle sounds and the home supporters are still angered by the recent decisions. Barcelona certainly the better side and worthy of the lead with 0-3 a little flattering to the visitors.
Last minute of added time in Mestalla.
Barcelona have had three shots on target.... 3 goals...100% efficiency !
Once again VAR getting decisions right.... very much made of that with the technology coming under fire when it fails to get things right....which does occasionally happen
Valencia fans furious ....
The goal is ruled out ....Whistles from the home fans and it's going to be a throw in for Barcelona.
There's also talk of a possible Alba handball.
Del Cerro Grande is going to consult his pitchside screen.
Hold on a second... VAR to be checked again as it appears that the ball may have crossed the touchline in the build-up to the goal.
Less than five minutes remain and Valencia pull one back as Soler strikes with a fine acrobatic effort.
The goal stands!
Hint of offside ?
Barcelona make it 3!!!!!
Auba slots home for his second goal in an azulgrana shirt
That second goal has dampened the spirits of the home crowd with a little more angst emerging from the home supporters.
Jordi Alba carded for a rash challenge.... fifth card for the defender who will miss next week's clash vs. Athletic.
Barça dominating things possession-wise and ahead on the all important scoreboard.
Goooooool. De Jong slots home after a sublime Dembele assist....Alba also instrumental in the passage of play in finding the French player. Easy for the Dutchman to tap home as the firts murmurs are audible now in Mestalla.
Valencia looking to the long range cross field ball now with Soler and Gaya the targets. Valencia have responded well to the Auba goal.
The ref is now just double checking with VAR and indeed the goal is chalked off
Valencia have the ball in the Barcelona net but the flag is up
Aubameyang opens his FC Barcelona account in style !
Goooooool.....Auba fires Barcelona ahead with a fine strike to put the visitors ahead as Alderete was just inches away from intervening.
Valencia fans now chanting 'Lim Go Home' with many yellow banners on display as the Mestalla faithful show their feelings towards the owner of the club.
Barcelona almost open the scoring as Ferrn drives the ball across the face of the Valencia goal and Auba is inches away from slotting home.
Barcelona are enjoying the bulk of possession in the first quarter of an hour of the contest but Valencia loo dangerous on the break with Guedes looking particularly menacing.
First corner of the day for Barça after good build-up play between Gavi and Ferran. They opt for the short one and Guedes robs the ball and the move breaks down as Gil overhits.
Valencia with their characteristic high-press game giving the opposition little or no time on the ball. 'VCF Made in Bordalas'!
Valencia appeal for a spot kick as Guedes is felled by Araujo but match official Carlos del Cerro Grande waves the play on.
Bright start for the visitors as they look to attack Valencia via both the left flank and right wing.
Boos for former Valencia man Ferran Torres every time the striker touches the ball.
Boos ring out as Barcelona pass and move....no love lost between these sides !
Off we go at Mestalla as the home side start the action.
The stadium capacity situation is set to change in March when we finally return to 100% capacity !
The teams take to the pitch at Mestalla. We're still at a 75% capacity situation for the remainder of February so just the 42,000 fans in the stadium today.
6 games without a win for Valencia and despite a sufficient cushion of points above the drop zone, a win against Barcelona would be a major injection of positivity for Bordalas' men.
- 1Ter Stegen
- 2Sergiño Dest
- 4Ronald Araújo
- 24Eric Garcia
- 21Frenkie De Jong
- 19Ferrán Torres
- 7Ousmane Dembélé
- 15Omar Alderete
- 12Mouctar Diakhaby
- 27Moriba Kourouma
- 10Carlos Soler
- 6Hugo Guillamón
- 7Gonçalo Guedes
- 19Hugo Duro
- 21Bryan Gil Salvatierra
Mestalla looking excellent ahead of the game with the pitch getting a spot of watering as kick-off looms
FT in Cornella as Espanyol and Sevilla draw 1-1
Last 5 meetings
The last five meetings between both sides has seen one draw, one Valencia win and three victories for the Camp Nou outfit.
Pre-match analysis: Xavi
Upon being asked about Valencia's tendency to wast time with a favorable score-line, the Barça boss affirmed that any form of time wasting is, in essence a form of cheating.
Pre-match analysis: Bordalas
The Valencia manager was adamant that the forthcoming Copa del Rey semi-final second would not act as a distraction for his side and was insistent that his side were only focused on the league fixture against Barça at Mestalla.
Big welcome for the Valencia team as fans gather outside Mestalla to spur their side on pre-kick-off.
Valencia languish in 12th place and will have one eye on the Copa del Rey second leg tie against Athletic at Mestalla on Wednesday week. Winning the Spanish Cup is certainly, Valencia's best avenue to European football and the cup offers the possibility to salvage an indifferent season.
With both Atletico Madrid and Villarreal winning yesterday, Xavi's men really need maximum points to stay in contention for a Champions League spot. Failure for Barcelona to secure a top 4 spot or indeed qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League will have grave consequences for the club's ambitions and finances.
Valencia without the injured Cilliessen and Thierry but positive news as Gabriel Paulista returns to the squad after missing the past three months via injury.
Barcelona without the suspended Dani Alves and Pique as Araujo returns to the heart of the defence.
FC Barcelona won this fixture 3-1 back in October at Camp Nou with goals from Ansu Fati, Memphis Depay and Philippe Coutinho but a considerable change has been implemented at the club with the appointment of Xavi as replacement for Ronald Koeman but Barcelona need a positive result to stay in touch with the pack at the top of the table with a Champions League spot essential for the Catalan club.
Barcelona come into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw midweek at home to Napoli in the Europa League and Valencia are also involved in two competition's with the men from Mestalla in the semi-final of the 2021-22 Copa del Rey where they face Athletic Club after recording a 1-1 tie in San Mames in the first leg.
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