Two indispensable goals from Lionel Messi spared Barcelona from thrashing after Dani Parejo and Gameiro had put Valencia 2-0 up.
After Valencia were 2-0 up, two Lionel Messi goals rescued a point for Barcelona who will have felt certain going into this La Liga fight, off the back of a scintillating 6-1 overcome over Sevilla earlier in the week. Jasper Cillessen, who assumed a key job in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey conflict, has been ruled out for about a month and half through damage, so we saw Ter Stegen back in objective.
Valencia drew first blood with a Gameiro objective in the 23rd moment, helped by Rodrigo. The hosts rapidly ended up playing get up as Valencia were granted a punishment after 30 minutes which Dani Parejo scored emphatically. However, all expectation was not lost as Messi could change over a Barcelona punishment, granted just before the break.
The initial ten minutes of the second half saw many chances travel every which way for the Azulgranas who couldn’t appear to underwrite. In any case, after around 15 minutes of second a large portion of action, Messi’s left foot drew Barca level with a ground-breaking shot from fresh. The two groups made substitutions towards the end of play, and it looked as if Messi could be one of them as he received treatment on the sideline for a couple of minutes, not long in the wake of scoring his second and what might be the final objective of the match.