Valencia 2-0 Barcelona: Maxi Gomez doubles down to duff Barca up

Ter Stegen saved a Gomez penalty but the Uruguayan got his eventually

It could have been worse still. Maxi Gomez missed a penalty and Gabriel had a goal disallowed, as Barcelona cracked at Mestalla under the pressure.

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MATCH FACTS

LaLiga Santander

VAL

2-0

BAR

Valencia

Jaume; Wass, Garay, Paulista, Gayà; Ferran, Coquelin, Kondogbia, Carlos Soler (Sobrino, 89'); Gameiro (Rodrigo, 60') y Maxi Gómez (Jaume Costa, 79').

Barça

Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti; De Jong (Rakitic, 84'), Busquets, Arthur (Arturo Vidal, 55'), Jordi Alba; Ansu (Collado, 84'), Messi y Griezmann.

Goles

1.0 M.48 Maxi Gómez chuta muy potente y el balón lo desvía Jordi Alba. 2-0 M.77 Maxi Gómez chuta cruzado y sin oposición.

Árbitro

Gil Manzano (extremeño). TA: Piqué (9'). Carlos Soler (35'), Umtiti (42'), Busquets (48'), Coquelin (54').

Incidencias

Mestalla. 45.882 espectadores.

Gomez atoned for his miss by striking twice to win Albert Celades’s side the game, the first time they have beaten Barcelona at Mestalla since 2007.

Lionel Messi gave his all at the other end, with 11 shots, but none went in and Barcelona slumped to defeat on the east coast.

Real Madrid have the chance to go three points clear on Sunday if they beat Real Valladolid.

Setien lined up like against Granada in a 4-3-3/3-3-4 in defence/attack respectively, and the team dominated the ball at the start of the game, but without creating danger.

Valencia won a penalty on their first attack when Gerard Pique fouled Jose Gaya but Gomez was denied by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The German was at his best to keep Valencia at bay in the first half but Gomez eventually scored after the break with the help of a deflection.

Messi’s one-man effort to equalise saw him drive wide, take four free-kick shots at goal and struggle manfully but he could not personally see the team level.

Instead Gomez struck again on the break and that was that for Setien’s side, who look lost.

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