Barça stumble ahead of Chelsea & Real Madrid

April 27, 2009

With matches against Chelsea and Real Madrid this week, arguably the most important week of this season for Barça, Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Valencia couldn’t have come at a worse time. Madrid were pitched against Sevilla, who they dispatched with a 4-2 win, closing up the gap behind Barcelona to just 4 points, with 9 points remaining in the league.

Messi put FC Barcelona in the lead in the 23rd minute, but two goals from Valencia in the space of a few minutes at the end of the first half looked as if they were going to decide things. While it was an entertaining match, this was Barcelona looking far from their strongest, but just when it looked as if they’d walk away with no points Henry scored just minutes from the final whistle.

0-1, Messi (min 23)
1-1, Maduro (min 42)
2-1, Pablo H. (min 45)
2-2, Henry (min 86)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Barcelona
33
26
4
3
94
26
82
2
Real Madrid
33
25
3
5
77
35
78
3
Sevilla
33
17
6
10
46
38
57
4
Valencia
33
16
8
9
62
47
56
5
Villarreal
33
15
10
8
49
44
55
6
At. Madrid
33
15
7
11
67
54
52
7
Malaga
33
14
9
10
52
51
51
8
Deportivo
33
14
8
11
43
43
50
9
Mallorca
33
11
9
13
43
51
42
10
Valladolid
33
12
5
16
42
51
41
11
Almeria
33
11
7
15
40
52
40
12
Athletic
33
11
7
15
44
54
40
13
Santander
33
10
9
14
44
42
39
14
Betis
33
9
10
14
47
53
37
15
Osasuna
33
8
12
13
37
41
36
16
Espanyol
33
8
11
14
34
46
35
17
Getafe
33
8
10
15
43
52
34
18
Gijon
33
11
0
22
39
72
33
19
Huelva
33
7
9
17
30
50
30
20
Numancia
33
8
4
21
35
66
28

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