Messi helps Barca keep their chances of surpassing Atletico

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec26,2023 #Atletico #Barca #Messi
Messi helps Barca keep their chances of surpassing Atletico 2
Messi helps Barca keep their chances of surpassing Atletico 2

* Scored: Paulista 50′, Soler 83′ – Messi 57′, 69′, Griezmann 63′.

Valencia is one of Lionel Messi’s four favorite opponents.

Messi kicked a free kick against the wall to increase the score to 3-1 in the 69th minute at Mestalla Stadium on May 2.

The scenario at Mestalla is almost identical to what happened in the first phase duel.

That was Messi’s 31st goal against Valencia, and his 28th goal in La Liga since the beginning of the season.

More importantly, Messi’s goals helped Barca maintain third place against Sevilla’s pursuit, while maintaining a two-point gap with top team Atletico.

Messi helps Barca keep their chances of surpassing Atletico

Guedes was stopped by Busquest during an attack by Valencia.

The win over Valencia was also a practice session for Barca without Ronald Koeman in the training cabin.

Although ranked 14th, Valencia is only six points above the relegation group and still needs to accumulate points in the relegation race.

Five minutes after the break, Valencia took the lead with a set-piece.

Messi helps Barca keep their chances of surpassing Atletico

Valencia players appeared frustrated after receiving the third goal.

Since the King’s Cup final against Bilbao in the middle of last month, Barca has had a habit of scoring goals in droves.

The gap for Barca could have been wider if the referee gave the away team a penalty in the 82nd minute, when Mouctar Diakhaby touched the ball with his hand in the penalty area.

More than 10 minutes, including overtime, was not enough for Valencia to regain a point.

Squad

Valencia: Cillessen, Gaya, Guillamon (Gameiro 79′), Paulista, Correia, Lato (Diakhaby 64′), Racic (Oliva 79′), Soler, Wass, Gomez, Guedes.

Barca: Ter Stegen, Alba, Lenglet, Pique, Araujo, Dest (Roberto 75′), Busquets, De Jong, Pedri (Moriba 75′), Griezmann, Messi.

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