Last minute penalty seals win against Valencia

October 24, 2016

A last-minute penalty by Leo Messi secured FC Barcelona three points against Valencia on Saturday night. In a match in which neither team seemed able to do much early on, the Catalans saw their lead overturned within the space of a few minutes in the second half. However, they stayed focused and clawed back a win.

Not quite quarter of an hour into the game Andres Iniesta was stretchered off in tears, clutching at his knee. He is expected to be out of action for six to eight weeks. Messi scored the opener after 22 minutes off an assist by Rakitic, who came on for Iniesta. But despite protests that Suarez was offside, the goal was awarded. By the time the whistle sounded at the end of the first half, it was the only goal of the match.

Things were very different in the second half. Munir El Haddadi, currently on loan to Valencia, came on in the second half and quickly made his mark when he equalised. And minutes later Rodrigo scored Valencia’s second to put the hosts ahead. That lead lasted for six minutes before Suarez put the ball into Valencia’s net following a corner.

The remainder of the match saw both teams determined to score a third time, with Valencia coming close. It was well into injury time when Suarez was brought down inside the area. Messi kicked from the spot, with the ball going into the bottom left of the Valencia goal. Barcelona were ahead again with little time for the hosts to score again. A tough match, but another valuable three points.

1-0 Messi (min 22)
1-1 El Haddadi (min 52)
1-2 Rodrigo (min 56)
2-2 Suárez (min 62)
3-2 Messi (min 90+)

The top of the table changed slightly this weekend after Sevilla beat Atletico Madrid on Sunday afternoon. That allowed Real Madrid to move up into the top spot, with Sevilla and FC Barcelona moving up into second and third places respectively.

Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Real Madrid 9 6 3 0 24 9 21
2 Sevilla 9 6 2 1 17 12 20
3 Barcelona 9 6 1 2 29 12 19
4 Villarreal 9 5 4 0 16 5 19
5 Atletico Madrid 9 5 3 1 21 4 18
6 Athletic Bilbao 9 5 0 4 14 12 15
7 Real Sociedad 9 4 1 4 14 12 13
8 Celta Vigo 9 4 1 4 13 17 13
9 Las Palmas 9 3 3 3 17 15 12
10 Malaga 9 3 3 3 12 10 12
11 Eibar 9 3 3 3 14 13 12
12 Real Betis 9 3 2 4 11 19 11
13 Alaves 9 2 4 3 9 11 10
14 Leganes 9 3 1 5 9 17 10
15 Valencia 9 3 0 6 13 18 9
16 Espanyol 9 1 5 3 12 17 8
17 Deportivo La Coruna 9 2 2 5 6 14 8
18 Sporting Gijon 9 2 2 5 7 18 8
19 Osasuna 9 1 3 5 11 19 6
20 Granada 9 0 3 6 8 23 3

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