FC Barcelona beats league leaders Valencia

October 18, 2010

FC Barcelona took advantage of the break in the league while some of Barça’s top stars were away on international duty by replacing the turf, which had been looking somewhat less than optimal over the last match or two.

Facing league leaders Valencia was never going to be a walkover, and for the first half an hour or so Barça didn’t really get going. It was a different matter for Valencia though when Pablo put the ball past Victor Valdes in the 37th minute.

It looked like the visitors might go two goals up almost immediatly after, but this time Valdes saved the day. Barça bounced back from that threat with Messi coming close to scoring twice within the area. That comeback was cut short though, when the half time whistle went.

Back on the pitch after the break, the Catalans went straight to work, with Xavi setting up a goal for Iniesta in minute 46. Barça upped the pace and looked as if they were really playing to win. David Villa – who moved from Valencia this summer – came close to scoring from a header, but it was Carles Puyol who scored the second and final goal for Barcelona.

A great result for Barça, which leaves them in second place in the league. However, Real Madrid are in the number one spot; with sixteen goals to their name and just three goals against, they are looking really strong at the moment.

0-1 Pablo (min 37)
1-1 Iniesta (min 46)
2-1 Puyol (min 62)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Real Madrid
7
5
2
0
16
3
17
2
Barcelona
7
5
1
1
12
6
16
3
Valencia
7
5
1
1
12
6
16
4
Villarreal
6
5
0
1
12
4
15
5
Atlético Madrid
7
4
1
2
12
7
13
6
Espanyol
7
4
0
3
6
9
12
7
Sevilla
7
3
2
2
10
8
11
8
Athletic Bilbao
7
3
1
3
11
10
10
9
Getafe
7
3
1
3
11
10
10
10
Mallorca
7
2
2
3
5
7
8
11
Sporting Gijón
7
2
2
3
8
11
8
12
Levante
7
2
2
3
7
12
8
13
Hércules
6
2
1
3
5
6
7
14
Málaga
7
2
1
4
13
16
7
15
Real Sociedad
7
2
1
4
7
11
7
16
Racing Santander
7
2
1
4
4
8
7
17
Almería
7
1
3
3
5
6
6
18
Osasuna
7
1
3
3
4
6
6
19
Deportivo
7
0
4
3
3
11
4
20
Zaragoza
7
0
3
4
6
12
3

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