LaLiga match report FC Barcelona v Valencia 02 February 2019

LaLiga match report FC Barcelona v Valencia 02 February 2019

Lionel Messi scored either side of half-time to help Barcelona overturn a two-goal deficit and earn a 2-2 draw with Valencia at the Camp Nou on Saturday.

The scare comes before Barcelona host Madrid in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final.

"We have to wait until [Sunday] to see how the pain is", Valverde said in his postgame news conference.

The Argentina worldwide scored twice, once from the penalty spot, as the hosts came from 2-0 down to earn a point and extend their lead at the top of La Liga to six points.

Before his fitness put a damper on a thrilling match, Messi extended his scoring run to nine straight games across all competitions.

Atletico Madrid face Real Betis on Sunday, bidding to close the gap with leaders Barcelona to three points.

The coach also played Sergi Roberto at left-back instead of Jordi Alba, who is having a sublime season, and Thomas Vermaelen next to Gerard Pique, resting Clement Lenglet.

The brace means that Messi now has 21 goals this season.

Valencia were weakened when Gameiro departed injured after 40 minutes.

Ter Stegen of Barcelona celebrates after the first goal of his team scored by Nelson Semedo (not in frame) during the La Liga match between Girona FC and FC Barcelona at Montilivi Stadium on January 27, 2019 in Girona, Spain.

Messi struck a beauty from outside of the box as the ball delightfully curled into the back of the net leaving Valencia's Neto rooted.

Although Messi returned to the pitch minutes later, he looked to be in some discomfort, but Valverde is not fearing the worst, suggesting that the player could still be available for Wednesday's crucial first-leg semi-final tie against rivals Los Blancos.

Within two minutes they had rattled the frame of the goal with Dani Parejo's shot parried by Marc-Andre Ter Stegen into the path of Denis Cheryshev, who beat the goalkeeper with his angled shot but not the far post.

Madrid trail Barcelona by 11 points in the league, though they do have a game in hand on the Catalans.

Fourth-placed Sevilla have won only one of their past six league games.

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