Sunday February 19, 2012 Day 24 Finished Camp Nou

FC Barcelona 5 - 1 Valencia CF

  • Messi 22’, 27’, 76’, 85’
  • Xavi 90’
  • Piatti 9’

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  1. Messi scores four as Barca beat Valencia

    Messi scores four as Barca beat Valencia

    Lionel Messi helped himself to four goals as Barcelona came from behind to defeat Valencia 5-1 and solidify second place in La Liga. More

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    Time:90'
    • FC Barcelona
    • Valencia CF
    • 90+3' And that's it! Barca march on after an early scare. Thanks for joining me this evening, and be sure to follow on Twitter @liamhappe
    • 90+2' Montoya's driven low cross is scarpered away by the beleaguered visitors.
    • 90+1' Another lob! This time Xavi pounces on a poor clearance attempt to make it 5-1!
    • 90' Three minutes of added time to be played.
    • 89' It is, but Barcelona get it away and break. Tello's dribble is cut out as far as Xavi, who fires low and wide of the near post.
    • 88' Clumsy foul by Busquets on Costa. Free-kick about 30 yards out will presumably be whipped into the crowded box.
    • 86' Xavi comes on for Iniesta, all subs are now used up.
    • 85' But now Messi is put clean through. Can he make it four? He can! Deftly chips the outrushing Alves!
    • 84' Almost a costly defensive error from Valencia, but the ball from Sanchez is short.
    • 83' Mehmet Topal is Valencia's third and final substitute. Off the pitch comes Tino Costa.
    • 82' Messi comes forward, loses possession but regains it and puts Tello through. He brings it onto his right foot but leans back and misses the top corner by inches.
    • 81' Thiago scuffs his shot after a series of layered through passes from left to right.
    • 80' Was Ruiz who got the touch in there. Corner half-cleared and the loose ball falls to Pique, who volleys over the bar at a bit of a stretch.
    • 79' A Valencia cross from the left is caught by Valdes and within seconds, Barca spring back up the other end and it takes an interception at the expense of a corner to deny Messi a fourth.
    • 78' Tello almost wreaks havoc once more on the left only to slip near the byline to end the threat.
    • 77' Thiago returns from injury as he replaces Fabregas. Two subs each now.
    • 76' Tello moves inside from the left, shot parried. Messi, hat-trick!
    • 75' Another Barca corner comes to nothing.
    • 73' Replays show Valencia were hard done by on 71' - Pique had a big clump of his shirt, and that would have been a last man decision too if spotted.
    • 72' Now another decent ball into the hosts' danger zone, this time over the top but Soldado has no excuse of a pull-back: he just lacks the pace to get there before Valdes on that one.
    • 71' Jordi Alba is beaten to a ball into the box by Valdes, though the sub claims he was being pulled back there.
    • 70' Busquets hammers a low effort from 30 yards.. held by Alves. That's his 11th save of the match.
    • 69' Jonas is caught offside.
    • 68' Now the hosts make their first change with Pedro making way for Cristian Tello, another product of the youth system.
    • 67' FEGHOULI! Volley parried by Valdes!
    • 66' Jordi Alba comes on to replace goalscorer Piatti. Valencia have one change remaining.
    • 65' Barca snap forward again and Pedro has space on the left... but his cross is another which looks conflicted between effort on goal or square ball and misses both.
    • 64' Jonas thinks he's won a foul outside the Barcelona box from Busquets, but it's gone against him for handball.
    • 63' ...Montoya on the overlap is in the area and has a couple of team-mates to square to... no he shoots, saved at the near post! Falls to Fabregas on the rebound! Somehow puts it in Row Z!
    • 62' Soldado is robbed of possession by Puyol and Abidal. He's down claiming he was caught in the face out on that right wing, but Barca break...
    • 61' Tino fouls Busquets 25 yards out, but Fabregas's shot from the free-kick hits the wall.
    • 60' Barcelona keep the pressure on and that's a lovely cross from Montoya to meet the head of MESSI! Tipped onto the bar by Alves!
    • 59' Rami fouls Messi and Barcelona work possession from the free-kick just inside the Valencia half.
    • 57' Another brilliant Matthieu slide denies Sanchez a shot from Messi's through pass. The corner once again is cleared by Valencia.
    • 56' Iniesta almost curls into the top corner! That was close.
    • 55' Puyol furious with the referee for not calling a barge on him from Rami as the corner comes in. Sanchez bombs down the right again but his cross is punched away by Alves.
    • 54' Superb tackle by Matthieu to prevent Sanchez getting a ball in from the right-hand side of the box or even getting onto goal.
    • 52' Iniesta threads Pedro through! No, he doesn't. He's offside - just. Would have been a second superlative slide rule from the World Cup winner had it come a split-second sooner.
    • 51' Rami does well to scupper another Messi voyage into the danger zone.
    • 50' Fabregas is put within sight of goal, but opts to square instead of shoot and it's cut out.
    • 49' Pair of corners are dealt with by the visitors.
    • 48' Now Fabregas is keen to show Messi two can play that game. Great run and gets into the bow between Costa and Rami before seeing his shot fingertipped beyond the far post by Alves!
    • 47' Early attack for Barca and Sanchez fends off his man.... but shoots straight at Alves!
    • 46' And here we go in the second half.
    • 45+1' Half-time. Not over yet, but Valencia were certianly under pressure for most of the half after such a bright start. Another goal from the visitors could make things very interesting though a third for the hosts could wrap it up. We'll be back in 15 with the second half coverage, follow me on Twitter @liamhappe
    • 45' One minute of added time, despite two pretty heavy injuries.
    • 44' Messi almost in for his hat-trick on the heels of a neat one-two with Pedro, but Alves is able to nick the ball off his feet before he can finish.
    • 43' Really tough luck for Valencia who started this so well. That said, he's refusing the cart though he is leaving the field for treatment. Will he be able to shake this one off?
    • 42' Now Ricardo Costa is down in agony as a Valencia attack is seen out for a goal kick on the right channel. Looks like a sub will be subbed here.
    • 40' Pedro brings the ball inside from the left and goes short to Iniesta, who chips the defence delightfully and picks out FABREGAS! Overhead kick hits the angle! Oh my, what a goal that would have been.
    • 39' Pedro catches Albelda and from the free-kick, Abidal has to cut out the threat on the right.
    • 38' Sanchez wriggles into some space on the right-hand side of the box but the end result is half-cross, half-shot. Thus, it has the effectiveness of neither.
    • 37' Shots on goal so far: Barcelona 10-1 Valencia
    • 36' Iniesta launches a diagonal loft pass from the left but it's too deep for Fabragas's run and Alves claims.
    • 35' Superb tekkers from Jonas almost gets him into the area, but Iniesta thwarts him at the last.
    • 34' Tino Costa is pulled back for a previous offence and booked.
    • 33' Iniesta is put through left-of-centre by Messi's slotted pass... but Alves times his run out well and even gets the goal kick off the richochet.
    • 32' Messi beats one. Beats two... bit of an angle here though, and can only find side netting. Neat 1-2 with Iniesta to set that run going.
    • 31' Barcelona are well and truly awake now. This has been a cracking half an hour of football so far. Bit of a shame Valencia went behind so soon, but if they can get back in this we should be in for a great 90 minutes.
    • 30' Fabregas! Saved again! Alexis jinks and jives into the box and goes down... but the foul was by the Chilean after good defending by Tino.
    • 29' Alexis is though! Alves saves!
    • 28' That pass from Iniesta to set Abidal free was worthy of a goal alone.
    • 27' Messi booms forward, they're giving him too much space! What an interception by Victor Ruiz. But here come Barca again and Iniesta slots it down the left to meet Abidal's great overlapping run. Low cross finds MESSI! Saved! Rebound! 2-1!!
    • 26' Here comes Costa for Miguel.
    • 25' Piatti's through pass attempt is well seen by Montoya.
    • 24' Barca look set to turn the screw with the extra man for the time being, but lose possession and Pedro clatters Rami.
    • 23' Miguel is down hurt after the goal, and the cart is on to bring him off. He'll be replaced shortly, we're presuming by Ricardo Costa.
    • 22' Pedro gets a yard on the wing and cuts short inside to Messi, no Rami intercepts, or does he? The threat's still alive and Messi from the tightest of angles finds the far corner! All square!!
    • 21' Montoya and Sanchez work hard together to keep the ball alive on the right-hand side, despite Miguel's best efforts.
    • 20' Now Iniesta springs to life on the left, leaving Tino Costa on his spot before nutmegging Ruiz with his cross. Corner given as it appears to have caught the inside of the defender's leg.
    • 19' Corner is dealt with and Feghouli beats two on the right only for his cross-field pass in search of two free team-mates to be overcooked. Valdes claims.
    • 18' Great dribble from right to left by Messi in the final third, sprays it out to Pedro who wins a corner when the cross is closed down.
    • 17' Piatti is caught offside trying to latch onto Albelda's pass.
    • 16' Rami muscles Messi away from the ball long enough for Alves to rush out of the area and clear.
    • 15' Sanchez is outnumbered on the right and Valencia get the throw decision to boot.
    • 13' Valencia try a counter of their own and Piatti is able to torment Montoya enough to win an attacking throw.
    • 12' Barca have a corner but Valencia get it away.
    • 11' Jonas almost gets there with a header at the far post, but the danger is cleared. Barca snap forward and Pedro gets inside his man! Shoots straight at Alves!
    • 10' Montoya and Busquets should have done better tracking that one. Now Abidal concedes a free-kick on that right flank.
    • 9' PIATTI! Valencia lead! Feghouli unleashes a wicked early cross from the right and Valdes mis-judges it completely allowing Piatti to connect enough on the volley to send it over the line!
    • 8' Albelda now has 13 yellow cards in 25 appearances this season.
    • 7' Feghouli is caught offside as Valencia attempt to get forward themselves. Another attempt over the top sees the flag thwart Soldado.
    • 6' Messi plays keepy-ups in the Valencia penalty area, but his novel dribbling is cut out by Ruiz.
    • 5' Fabgregas and Messi stand over the set piece, just behind the 'D'. Messi strikes... but it hits the wall.
    • 4' Early booking for Albelda. Senses Messi is about to enter the box on a mazy run and so brings the world player of the year down.
    • 3' The attack ends when Sanchez upends Mathieu.
    • 2' Barca have started in good shape, moving the ball around as they're now renowned and the crowd sound up for it too. Iniesta's cross is cleared by Tino Costa.
    • 1' And Valencia get the game started.
    • 20:30 Turienzo Alvarez is your man in the middle this evening. The teams are on the pitch and we're about set for some (near) top-of-the-table action from Camp Nou!
    • 20:25 You won't be surprised to learn this fixture has been deemed 'European match of the weekend' by Pitchside Europe. Check-out our in-depth look at the match just before the teams come out! Pitchside Europe: Barcelona v Valencia
    • 20:20 So Busquets goes straight into the starting XI, while Xavi and Adriano may feature from the bench. Montoya starts at right-back with Alves suspended and the further injury agony for Banega gives Valencia's current midfield selection another chance to impress.
    • 20:15 TEAMS - Barcelona: Valdés; Montoya, Piqué, Puyol, Abidal; Sergio Busquets, Fàbregas, Iniesta; Alexis, Messi, Pedro. Subs: Pinto, Xavi, Thiago, Adriano, Cuenca, Bartra, Tello. /// Valencia: Diego Alves; Miguel, Rami, Víctor Ruiz, Mathieu; Albelda, Tino Costa; Feghouli, Jonas, Piatti; Soldado. Subs: Topal, Aduriz, Guaita, Pablo Hernández, Ricardo Costa, Bernat.
    • 20:10 Team news: Javier Mascherano and Dani Alves are suspended for the visit of Valencia. Xavi (right leg), Adriano (left leg) and Sergio Busquets (knee) all returned to training on Saturday and may be named on the bench. Ibrahim Afellay also resumed light training, but is still some way from fully rehabbing his knee after a five-month layoff. Seydou Keita is back with the squad following the African Cup of Nations. As for Valencia? Well, check this out: Banega out for six months after running himself over
    • 20:05 Eight points currently separate the two sides, though Pep Guardiola's men won't feel quite as comfortable if they slip up here and Unai Emery's side are able to cut the difference to five. La Liga table
    • 20:00 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Liga clash between second-placed Barcelona and third-placed Valencia!
  • Summary

    • 90+1' Another lob! This time Xavi pounces on a poor clearance attempt to make it 5-1!
    • 85' But now Messi is put clean through. Can he make it four? He can! Deftly chips the outrushing Alves!
    • 82' Messi comes forward, loses possession but regains it and puts Tello through. He brings it onto his right foot but leans back and misses the top corner by inches.
    • 76' Tello moves inside from the left, shot parried. Messi, hat-trick!
    • 73' Replays show Valencia were hard done by on 71' - Pique had a big clump of his shirt, and that would have been a last man decision too if spotted.
    • 67' FEGHOULI! Volley parried by Valdes!
    • 63' ...Montoya on the overlap is in the area and has a couple of team-mates to square to... no he shoots, saved at the near post! Falls to Fabregas on the rebound! Somehow puts it in Row Z!
    • 60' Barcelona keep the pressure on and that's a lovely cross from Montoya to meet the head of MESSI! Tipped onto the bar by Alves!
    • 56' Iniesta almost curls into the top corner! That was close.
    • 48' Now Fabregas is keen to show Messi two can play that game. Great run and gets into the bow between Costa and Rami before seeing his shot fingertipped beyond the far post by Alves!
    • 47' Early attack for Barca and Sanchez fends off his man.... but shoots straight at Alves!
    • 44' Messi almost in for his hat-trick on the heels of a neat one-two with Pedro, but Alves is able to nick the ball off his feet before he can finish.
    • 40' Pedro brings the ball inside from the left and goes short to Iniesta, who chips the defence delightfully and picks out FABREGAS! Overhead kick hits the angle! Oh my, what a goal that would have been.
    • 35' Superb tekkers from Jonas almost gets him into the area, but Iniesta thwarts him at the last.
    • 29' Alexis is though! Alves saves!
    • 27' Messi booms forward, they're giving him too much space! What an interception by Victor Ruiz. But here come Barca again and Iniesta slots it down the left to meet Abidal's great overlapping run. Low cross finds MESSI! Saved! Rebound! 2-1!!
    • 22' Pedro gets a yard on the wing and cuts short inside to Messi, no Rami intercepts, or does he? The threat's still alive and Messi from the tightest of angles finds the far corner! All square!!
    • 11' Jonas almost gets there with a header at the far post, but the danger is cleared. Barca snap forward and Pedro gets inside his man! Shoots straight at Alves!
    • 9' PIATTI! Valencia lead! Feghouli unleashes a wicked early cross from the right and Valdes mis-judges it completely allowing Piatti to connect enough on the volley to send it over the line!
    • 20:15 TEAMS - Barcelona: Valdés; Montoya, Piqué, Puyol, Abidal; Sergio Busquets, Fàbregas, Iniesta; Alexis, Messi, Pedro. Subs: Pinto, Xavi, Thiago, Adriano, Cuenca, Bartra, Tello. /// Valencia: Diego Alves; Miguel, Rami, Víctor Ruiz, Mathieu; Albelda, Tino Costa; Feghouli, Jonas, Piatti; Soldado. Subs: Topal, Aduriz, Guaita, Pablo Hernández, Ricardo Costa, Bernat.

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      Substitution Out68′ 6.7 -
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