With Atletico Madrid sustaining putting distance within the La Liga title race, Barcelona can’t afford to journey up too usually.
The Blaugrana did on Saturday, and because of Lionel Messi, it wasn’t worse.
Messi scored twice to erase a two-goal deficit and earn Barcelona some extent in a 2-2 draw in opposition to Valencia on the Nou Camp.
Barcelona fell behind halfway by means of the primary half when Valencia hit the hosts on the counter, and Rodrigo Moreno burst ahead on a long term earlier than sliding a go to Kevin Gameiro for a slick end.
Sergi Roberto fouled Daniel Wass within the penalty field lower than 10 minutes later, and Daniel Parejo transformed the spot kick to doubled the benefit.
However Messi pulled one again with a penalty of his personal proper earlier than halftime, and produced a second of absolute brilliance to stage the match within the sixty fourth minute, freezing Valencia goalkeeper Neto strong with a left-footed laser (through BeIN Sport):
Messi now has 12 objectives in his final 9 video games throughout all competitions for Barcelona, and has scored in each match since being shut out by Tottenham Hotspur after approaching in its place within the Champions League on Dec. 11.
Barcelona owns a six-point edge on Atleti, which can journey to play mid-table Actual Betis on Sunday. The Catalans are dealing with a tough February schedule, with a pair of El Clasicos in opposition to Actual Madrid within the Copa del Rey semifinals, beginning on Wednesday on the Nou Camp, in addition to journeys to Sevilla in La Liga and Lyon within the Champions League.
Their depth will likely be examined as their focus is pulled in numerous instructions, and in the event that they’re not cautious, even Messi gained’t be unbelievable sufficient to forestall Atletico Madrid from mounting a very threatening title problem.
Joey Gulino is the editor of Yahoo Soccer and moonlights as a author. Observe him on Twitter at @JGulinoYahoo.
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