Barça beat Valencia but does not dispel their doubts after the fiasco in Champions

<pre>Barça beat Valencia but does not dispel their doubts after the fiasco in Champions
A Barcelona in mourning for its unexpected European elimination clung to the League on Saturday as a consolation and defeated (2-1) a good Valencia to take a step closer to the title.

] It was a difficult day for Barça. Plunged into depression after what happened in Rome, he had to rehabilitate as a team and also to an uncomfortable rival like Valencia, a squad that, day after day, shows to have very clear ideas and that was presented with a plan at the Camp Nou

To recover from the downturn, the Catalans did not help either the day, rainy, gray, gray and cold as the mood of the team and the atmosphere of a stadium with many empty seats.

And is that the Camp Nou was already enjoying a new semifinal of Champions and now is going to do very long a league that his team has been practically won for weeks

Valencia came out with everything, warning before five minutes with a cross shot from outside the area of ​​Guedes that made it appear for the first time at Ter Stegen . It was only the first of many arrivals of the 'che' team in the first half.

It took Barcelona a few minutes to get into the match. Valverde took almost the same eleven that he thrashed in Rome, with the only changes of Coutinho by Semedo and Paulinho's forced by Rakitic low by a broken finger on one hand.

The technician Extremadura should have thought that those who had buried the team in the Roman Olympic should be responsible for resuscitating it, but at times it seemed that his men would fail in their mission.

And that Luis Suárez put the 1-0 to the quarter of an hour when finishing first a assistance between lines of Coutinho. Before the goal of the Uruguayan, Jordi Alba had put for the first time to test to Neto after an internment by the left band.

The Valencia does not get upset

But the Valencia neither was inmutated with the goal and the improvement of the game local and followed his easily reaching the goal azulgrana. Gayá was a dagger on the left and Guedes would have two more chances before twenty minutes. In the first, he met again with Ter Stegen and, in the following, with a foot of Piqué, who deflected his shot to corner.

Santi Mina nodded high a center of Gayá and Rodrigo failed two other clear chances before the rest, one after an error with the feet of Ter Stegen, that he corrected himself flying towards his left square, and the other after a failure of Piqué in the exit of the ball, that ended with a new stop of the German goal.

Barça had the possession, but suffered with the contras of Valencia and only found the reply when Messi appeared, the only one of the Catalans who rondó 2-0 in two shots diverted.

Rodrigo was able to change the script of the game at the beginning of the second part, in another against led by Santi Mina, but Piqué, with Ter Stegen already overcome, took the shot from the Spanish-Brazilian point.

On the next play, Umtiti nodded to the f Ondo of the net a corner kick and Barcelona, ​​ and somewhat more relieved began to enjoy the game.
Messi and Coutinho tried it but they did not find Neto's goal. Yes it did, however, Iniesta, in an acrobatic auction that forced to show off to the doorman of the Valencia.

But in full Barca domino, an absurd entrance inside the area of ​​Dembélé, that has just entered in the party, to Gayá gave life to Valencia. Parejo, with the collaboration of Ter Stegen, transformed the penalty to four minutes to reach the regulation time.

With the visitors turned to for the tie, Messi led a counter and gave him the ball to Denis Suárez, but Neto won the heads-up to Barça midfielder.


2 – Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto (Semedo, min 93), Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Paulinho, Iniesta (Denis Suárez, min 84), Coutinho (Dembelé, min 79); Messi y Suárez

1 – Valencia: Net; Vezo, Garay, Gabriel, Gayà; Soler, Parejo, Kondogbia, Guedes (Andreas Pereira, min 69); Rodrigo (Zaza, min 80) and Santi Mina (Vietto, min 71).

Goals: 1-0, m. 15: Luis Suárez. 2-0, m. 51: Umtiti. 2-1, m. 86: Parejo, penalty.

Referee: Del Cerro Grande (Madrid Committee). He showed yellow cards to Piqué (min 6), Kondogbia (min 12), Gabriel Paulista (min 75) and Dembélé (min 86)

Incidents: Match of the thirty-second day of LaLiga Santander played at the Camp Nou before 61,544 spectators.


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