The Barcelona came back in Mestalla before Valencia (2-3) to keep his pulse for the league title in a Barcelona domination duel that he resolved in a second half in which he had the success that he lacked in the first half against an opponent who cannot put land in the middle with the descent.
After a first half of greater visitor dominance, it was not until the second half when Barcelona showed its effectiveness Before the rival frame and when he was on the ropes after Valencia’s goal in eight minutes he turned the scoreboard and shortly after he finished off with a third goal although a great goal by Carlos Soler gave excitement to the last minutes of the clash.
Barcelona came out strong and as a result of their intensity, they were able to open the scoring after three minutes after a succession of walls between De Jong, Griezmann and Pedri, but the Canarian footballer shot out when he had a good position to score. A) Yes, Barcelona seized the ball and pressed and suffocated Valencia’s exit and before the end of the first quarter of an hour he had a new chance to open the scoring after Messi put a good ball into the area that Araujo touched but found Cillessen.
However, despite his dominance, a Barcelona defensive mismatch he was about to cost him a goal in the twentieth minute, but Gayá, who had received in the front of the area, crossed the ball excessively when he faced Ter Stegen, who shortly after had to stop a ball from outside the area of Uros Racic . Although the Barcelona team maintained their dominance of the ball, now Valencia was planted with some assiduity in the visiting area and generating danger in the goal of Ter Stegen.
In the final stretch of the first half, and without having as clear control as at the beginning, Barcelona again suffered from success against the rival goal and Pedri was wrong to take advantage of a ball that was walked along the goal line, so the first act was closed with a goalless draw
The second half opened with the same intensity that dominated the first half but it was Valencia who got it right against the rival goal. After wasting Guedes an unbeatable scoring chance, Gabriel Paulista in the next action beat the Barcelona goal Five minutes after the restart in an action that required VAR when Ter Stegen fell to the ground in the small area.
Barcelona’s response was almost immediate. He arrived seven minutes later and after rejecting Cillessen a penalty shot from Messi the Argentine footballer himself scored after a series of rejections in the vicinity of the local goal to put a tie on the scoreboard that did not last long because the Catalan team managed to come back in minute 63 with a goal from Griezmann.
The goals returned control of the game to Barcelona and left a Valencia touched that once again remembered that of the first bars of the game, cornered in his plot before the harassment of the Barcelona team, which hit again shortly after with a launch of Messi’s masterful foul that sentenced the party.
The game entered a slower phase, with a Barcelona that already seemed a winner and a very touched Valencia, but a goal by Carlos Soler from outside the area In the 83rd minute, the panorama changed notably and, seemingly resolved, the clash recovered its high rhythm and passed to some stresses of Barcelona in its area before the push of the team of Javi Gracia that no longer had any more prize.
2 – Valencia: Cillessen, Correia, Paulista, Guillamón (Gameiro, m.79), Lato (Diakhaby, m.64), Gayá, Wass, Racic (Christian Oliva, m.79), Soler, Maxi Gómez and Guedes.
3 – Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Araujo, Piqué, Lenglet, Dest (Sergi Roberto, m.75), De Jong, Busquets, Pedri (Ilaix Moriba, m.75), Jordi Alba, Griezmann and Messi.
Goals: 1-0, m.50: Gabriel Paulista. 1-1, m.57: Messi. 1-2, m. Griezmann. 1-3, m.69: Messi. 2-3, m.83: Carlos Soler.
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez (Murcian Committee). He showed a yellow card to the Valencianists Racic and Lato, and to the Barcelona player Ter Stegen.
Incidents: match corresponding to matchday 34 of LaLiga de Santander played at the Mestalla stadium without an audience due to health restrictions due to the covid-19 pandemic.