L Suarez (35),L Messi (45 pen, 52),A Gomes (89)
E Mangala (29, 44),E Munir (45+1)
Barcelona vs Valencia
Spanish La Liga
7:45pm Sunday 19th March
WATCH: MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
BARCELONA 4-2 VALENCIA
FT: It was erratic, but they got the job done. They had fallen behind early on but the Mangala sending off at 1-1 was a key turning point. Messi netted twice and Gomes wrapped up the points late on. Credit Valencia though they were a threat on the break and did bring the score back to 2-2 at one point. Barca close the gap on Real Madrid to two points.
90: Two minutes added on.
GOAL!! BARCELONA 4-2 VALENCIA (Andre Gomes, 89)
The former Valencia man wraps up the points.
This was all about Neymar, who finally gets his reward for a outstanding second half display. He sprints past his marker down the left before sliding a lovely ball into Gomes who couldn't miss from three yards.
BARCELONA 3-2 VALENCIA
85: YELLOW!! Messi goes into the book for an apparent dissent after losing possession on the edge of the box. That means he'll miss their next match against Granada after the international break.
83: Montoya beats a couple of men in midfield but takes on one too many. Iniesta wins the ball and looks for Suarez in behind but the striker goes too soon and is flagged offside.
78: Perez wins a foul in a very dangerous position about 25 yards out. Parejo lines this one up...but slips comically as he strikes it and Barca launch the counter.
79: CHANCE!! Neymar dances past three defenders from the left and squares the ball to Roberto. He decides to cut the ball back for Busquets. His shot squirms across the face of goal but Messi or Suarez can't turn it home.
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77: POST!! Iniesta is fouled about 25 yards out. Neymar step up and whips a wonderful effort towards the top corner. It's curls away from the goalkeeper but clips the post and goes wide. One of those nights...?
72: WHAT A MISS!! They just can't kill them off. Messi dribbles in off the left wing and fires a low shot which Alves palms straight into the path of Suarez, who is no more than seven yards out. He looks certain to score but shanks the ball off his shin and it flies wide.
74: CHANCE!! This time Neymar comes in off his wing and it opens up for him. He takes the shot on but the ball blazes two or three yards over the crossbar.
67: YELLOW!! Perez breaks up a pass from Iniesta. He drives forward and is clipped rather cynically by the Barca legend. Pure frustration. Clear yellow.
69: SHOT!! Still Barca continue to waste chances. Suarez picks the ball up on the edge and tries to whip one into the top corner. Just over.
65: SUB! Sergio Roberto replaces Rakitic. And is given a hero's reception after his exploits against PSG.
66: SHOT! Messi works the ball out to Rafinha, who is the man over. He has time to shoot from 20 yards but plonks it straight at Alves. Wasteful.
WATCH: MESSI GOAL
Here's how Messi made it 3-2.....
61: Barcelona know they need another here. Valencia look a threat on the break. Neymar is their main outlet but is struggling to find the correct final ball as yet. Probably only a matter of time.
56: Sloppy from Perez, who presents the ball straight to Iniesta. He loops the ball to Suarez. He goes for the acrobatic but kicks thin air.
57: COUNTER!! Amazingly, Valencia are still in this. Munir breaks in behind in the Barca right back area again and is through on goal. He has Soler in support but tries to take on Pique....he overruns the ball and Ter Stegen mops up.
GOAL!!! BARCELONA 3-2 VALENCIA (Messi, 53)
From the corner, Suarez picks the ball up on the edge and moves the ball very quickly to Messi in space. He goes on the outside and fires a low effort towards the near post. Alves can't get across in time and the ball flies into the net. Just what Barca needed.
BARCELONA 2-2 VALENCIA
52: CHANCE!! Messi slides a wonderful ball in behind for Neymar who is one-on-one with Alves. He tries to give him the eyes but the goalkeeper gets a leg to the shot which diverts it over the crossbar.
51: SHOT! Caneclo gets Valencia up the pitch with a driving run. He feeds Soler in space down the left. He takes the shot on but Ter Stegen makes a comfortable stop.
47: One-way traffic. Neymar takes on Montoya and wins a corner. Barcelona take it short and start probing again.....
49: Iniesta pops the ball out to Neymar, who dances into the box with a neat trick. He takes the shot on but Garay gets out quickly to him. Great block.
45: Welcome back. The 10-men have made a change with Orellana being replaced by Abdennour.
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WATCH: VALENCIA LEVEL
The 10-men struck back almost instantly. Drama....
WATCH: SUAREZ GOAL
Lovely finish this. Pure Suarez.....
HT: Well, well, well. My fingers hurt after the last two minutes. There's always drama in La Liga isn't there? Mangala opened the scoring before Suarez levelled it up. Mangala then had a brain freeze and got a red card for a professional foul on Suarez. Messi converted the penalty but there was still time for the 10-men to equalise on half-time through the on-loan Barca man Munir. And breathe.
GOAL!!! BARCELONA 2-2 VALENCIA (Munir, 45+1)
HOLD THE PHONE!! With everyone expecting the half-time whistle, Valencia break though Orellana. He keeps his head in the final third and slides a wonderful ball to Munir, who finishes into the far corner. No celebration from the on-loan Barca man - but he must be buzzing inside. What a response.
GOAL!!! BARCELONA 2-1 VALENCIA (Messi pen, 45)
No problems as Messi rolls it down the middle. Valencia might need a bit of a miracle here. Big task with 10-men.....
BARCELONA 1-1 VALENCIA
44: PENALTY TO BARCELONA!! MANGALA SENT OFF FOR BRINGING DOWN SUAREZ!! The centre-back gets in all sorts of problems and Suarez nips in behind him. Mangala pulls his shirt and Suarez hits the deck. Clear foul. Clear pen. Clear red card. No complaints from the Valencia man, who has had quite a half.
42: CHANCE!! Suarez shows unbelievable strength to turn Garay and charges towards the by-line. He looks to overrun the ball but gets a toe to it which sends it across the face of goal with Alves nowhere to be seen. Rafinha - like many of us - had thought Suarez was never getting there so checked his run. The ball rolls agonizingly to safety.
38: YELLOW!! Mangala has had busy 10 minutes. He's now in the book after a clumsy late challenge on Messi, which is right on the edge of the area. Big chance here. Messi and Neymar lining this up....
39: CLOSE!! Messi goes for height but sends it a couple of yards over the crossbar. Alves had it covered anyway.
GOAL!!! BARCELONA 1-1 VALENCIA (Suarez, 35)
Barca win a throw on the left and Valencia switch off completely. Neymar takes a quick throw and pings it straight through for Suarez who bursts into the area. He still has a lot to do, but curls a wonderful effort around Alves and into the far corner.
BARCELONA 0-1 VALENCIA
32: GREAT BLOCK!! Barcelona try and stage an instant response. Messi cuts the ball back across goal for Rafinha to hit from 20 yards. Perez makes a flying block to divert the ball away from target.
GOAL!! BARCELONA 0-1 VALENCIA (Mangala, 29)
The Nou Camp is stunned, but it has been coming.
Parejo whips a lovely ball into the danger area and Magala gets the run on Rakitic. He still has plenty to do but rises high and flicks a skillful yet powerful header into the far corner. The on-loan Manchester City man celebrates like any of us would if we scored at the Camp Nou.
BARCELONA 0-0 VALENCIA
28: BIG CHANCE!! Munir latches onto a long ball from the goalkeeper and Pique thinks he's offside. He's not. Ter Stegen flies out of his goal and blocks the ball behind for a corner.....
26: PENALTY APPEAL...NOT GIVEN!! Neymar gets the wrong side of Cancelo and drives to the by-line. Cancelo chases back and Neymar hits the deck under minimal contact. The referee waves it away. The Valencia players want him booked.
23: Barcelona probing away in the Valencia half. Iniesta tries to find Suarez in behind but his ball gets cut out.
24: YELLOW!! Neymar has been quiet but comes to life off the left flank. He gets chopped down by Perez. Clear yellow.
19: SAVE!! Barcelona look edgy at the back. A poor clearance by Pique drops on the volley to Orellana about 15 yards out. He hits it well....but Ter Stegen gets down quickly to his left to push the ball clear.
17: MAGIC!! Messi picks the ball up about 50 yards from goal then goes on a Messi-mazy. He beats three men and gets to the edge of the box. From there he tries to whip one into the far corner but the ball sails a yard or two over the crossbar.
15: OFF THE LINE!! Suarez charges in behind then beats his man with a clever shimmy. He looks odds-on to score but squares the ball to Messi, who is six yards out. He flicks it goalwards but Montoya and Gayà somehow scramble it clear from the goal-line.
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11: Parejo tries to get Munir running in behind but the flag is raised. He'll be keen to haunt his parent club tonight who have allowed him to play, which is an unusual clause in the loan contract.
8: SAVE! A simple long ball gets Suarez through on goal down the left-edge. He battles his way to within four yards out and tries to poke a cheeky effort into the far corner but Alves gets a strong hand to divert it away.
5: COUNTER!! Cancelo sprints clear right through the heart of the Barca back-line. He has Munir free inside the six-yard box but Umtiti gets back to poke the ball behind. Munir would have had a tap in.
3: CHANCE!! Nervous start by Valencia. Mangala allows a long ball to bounce inside his area and Neymar pounces. The play develops down the left. A cross is whipped into the middle for Suarez but Gaya gets across to make an important clearance.
1: Here we go. Barcelona kick-off in front of a jammed-packed Nou Camp - no margin for error here. The home fans will be expecting a win.
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CLOSING IN ON KICK-OFF
Luis Enrique says there will be more twists and turns in the title race. He's staying positive.
"I think the championship will be decided over its last matchdays because they are always the most decisive," Enrique said.
"Now the calendar is looking brutal because of our European engagements, too.
"Also, the teams further down the table always seem to pick up more points over the final stretch."
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