Barcelona vs. Valencia - Football Match Report

Having Messi in your team must be pretty relaxing. Image PA Images

Having Messi in your team must be pretty relaxing. Image PA Images

Earlier, TUKO.co.kereported that Philippe Coutinho has applauded Lionel Messifor handing him the responsibility to take the morale-boosting spot-kick that helped Barcelona thrash Sevilla to claim a semi-final spot in the Copa del Rey.

The Argentina global scored twice, once from the penalty spot, as the hosts came from 2-0 down to earn a point and extend their lead at the top of La Liga to six points.

It was Messi's 20th league goal of the season and the ninth consecutive match in which he's found the net, across all competitions.

Coach Ernesto Valverde said Messi was undergoing medical exams.

Barça reached the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey after coming back from a two goal deficit to thrash Sevilla 6-1 in the second leg at the Camp Nou.

Anyway, the Catalan club move six points clear of Atletico Madrid who resume their league campaign on Sunday against Real Betis.

As well as Messi, there are also doubts about Ousmane Dembele's availability for the game.

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"I can't say exactly what problem he has, I don't know", the Spanish tactician was quoted as saying by Marca.

"We have to wait until [Sunday] to see how the pain is", Valverde said in his postgame news conference.

Arturo Vidal flicked the ball to Messi, who took one touch to set himself up before unleashing an effort beyond Neto in the Valencia goal.

Okay Yokuslu scored 17 minutes from time to give the hosts a much-needed victory, only their sixth of the season, to end a five-match losing streak. Daniel Wass led several attacks from Roberto's side, starting with a pass for Dani Parejo to test Marc-Andre ter Stegen before Denis Chershev put the rebound off the post.

Valencia lost Gameiro to injury shortly after when the striker asked to be substituted after being shaken up when he knocked heads with Gerard Pique. "If he's in good shape, he'll play on Wednesday".

Barca fans have a taste for comebacks and they started the second half with Messi immediately threatening at goal.

Fifth-placed Getafe were held to a goalless draw at mid-tabled Levante.

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