FC Barcelona vs Valencia CF : Full highlights and all goals
Barcelona left it late to set a brand new club record for games unbeaten with yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Valencia, which sent the club into the Copa del Rey final now with an 8-1 aggregate victory.
Defending champion Barca pushed Gary Neville’s men to a rather humiliating 7-0 drubbing last week, with Luis Suarez netting four and Lionel Messi scoring a hat trick.
Only five players remained from the more preferred 22 who took to the field at Camp Nou and the game had the feel of a dead rubber – well, not even the most committed Valencia fan would argue with any greater conviction that their side would be able to turn this FC Barcelona vs Valencia CF tie around.
The home side’s efforts amounted to a single brilliant Alvaro Negredo strike before the halftime of the FC Barcelona vs Valencia CF clash, although its attacking endeavor somehow merited more.
Jeremy Mathieu made a crucial interception when Pablo Piatti pushed the ball across the six-yard box with Santi Mina lurking consistently in the 22nd minute, and 17-year-old Fran Villalba came even closer to curling in his first Valencia goal as the home squad began to cause more of a threat to the host of the FC Barcelona vs Valencia CF match.
Valencia broke the deadlock eventually when Negredo evaded the Barca defense to run directly onto a ball over the top and cut it into the net, although there was an element of rather good fortune as his initial shot was saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but only for the ball to ricochet back into Negredo’s path, and he tapped it into the net.
Mina came close to making an even further dent in Barca’s now six-goal advantage as he headed just over in the early stages of the ongoing second half.
Barca – quite understandably – rarely shifted out of their first gear, with Rakitic unleashing a punishing wayward drive before sending a somewhat weak effort into the arms of Jaume Domenech.
However, as time ticked away gradually, Kaptoum got on the end of Juan Camara’s swift pass to slot beyond Domenech clinically for the historic equalizer.