Draw at the Mestalla

December 7, 2015

With Valencia coach Nuno Espirito having resigned after the club’s defeat by Sevilla last weekend and with the hosts missing 10 senior players, Saturday’s match at the Mestalla in looked like it should be a walkover. However, after Suarez put the Catalans ahead in the second half Valencia clawed one back five minutes from time for a draw.

Despite Valencia’s current woes it should be remembered that they have an unbeaten home streak of 19 matches. The last time they were beaten at the Mestalla was last season by Barça. That is hardly a bad record. And going into this match, Valencia had conceded a total of two goals at home all season. That too, is far from a bad result. But despite high possession Barcelona were unable to finish off, with Messi, Neymar and Suarez all missing when it looked like a sure thing. The result was that the match was goalless as the half time whistle blew.

Twelve minutes after the break Suarez finally scored the opener when he got to the ball off Messi and beat the Valencia defence to put the ball past keeper Jaume Domènech. In the dying minutes of the game it was looking like Barcelona would go home with three more points in their pocket. But then Mina’s attack on the Barça goal five minutes before the final whistle saw the ball out of reach of Claudio Bravo and a goal for the home side.

0-1 Suárez (min 58)
1-1 Santi Mina (min 85)

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