Trip to Mestalla ends in a drawFebruary 4, 2013
One team that can often be relied on to put up a fight is Valencia, and so it was on Sunday evening when FC Barcelona made the trip down to play at the Mestalla.
The hosts prevented Barça from their trademark control of the ball and neither team seemed able to make a serious attempt on the goal early on but just after the half hour mark Valencia opened the scoring. Their lead was not to last long though, with Lionel Messi equalising just a few minutes later from the penalty spot after Pedro was brought down in the box.
Cesc came close to putting Barça in the lead at the start of the second half, just putting the ball wide, and when David Villa came on he came close to scoring. In the end Victor Valdes was put to work as he made a last minute save as Soldado came close to scoring.
1-0 Banega (min 32)
1-1 Messi (min 38)