Barcelona vs. Real Valladolid

Lionel Messi Barcelona Real Valladolid La Liga 16022019

David Ramos

Messi nearly scored his second early in the second half but former Barcelona goalkeeper Jordi Masip pulled off a breathtaking stop to deny La Liga's top scorer from close range.

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Incredibly, Messi has now scored 30 or more goals in each of his last 11 seasons for Barcelona in all competitions. Four consecutive away games will begin with a Champions League tie in Lyon, who inflicted PSG's first league defeat at the beginning of February, before a trip to Sevilla and two visits to the Santiago Bernabeu in the space of just four days. It's important to keep picking up the three points, but we have not played well and the feelings on the pitch were not positive. "It is bittersweet. We had the chance to take a draw". "Getting back to winning is of course positive, but if we don't correct our mistakes we will pay for it on Tuesday", said Gerard Pique, who sustained Barcelona in defense and earned the penalty that Messi did convert two minutes before halftime. We were more ourselves.

Coach Ernesto Valverde gave Kevin-Prince Boateng his second start since joining Barcelona last month as Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho rested until midway through the second half.

Jordi Masip made the most of his return to the Camp Nou with a fantastic display, topped with a penalty save to deny Leo Messi. If we don't move the ball quickly, we have possession but we become a weaker team.

Only a Messi penalty late in the first half got passed him, for which he even guessed the right way.

Valverde's side came close to doubling their tally early in the second half as Messi had one shot tipped over the bar by Masip and then sent another wide from a good position following a heavy first touch.

Celta Vigo's poor run of form continued as they lost 4-1 at home to Levante. However, despite a good performance from the visitors, they could not force an equaliser and they are now 15th, three points above the relegation zone.

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