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  • Valencia 2-2 Barcelona: Pablo, Pedro, Fabregas great-finish, Soldado miss

    Barcelona failed to take full points from a trip to Valencia cage. Coming from behind twice, Los Cules was just able to force a 2-2 draw.

    In the action at the Mestalla on Wednesday (09/1/2011) , Valencia went ahead 2-1 in the first half own goal by Eric Abidal and Pablo Hernandez. Barca scored by Pedro Rodriguez.

    In the second half Cesc Fabregas coming on as a substitute to save Barca from defeat. The host must play with 10 men after Jordi Alba sent-off.

    With the addition of one point is Valencia still on top of the standings with 10 points from four matches. While Azulgrana at number four with eight points.

    The game

    Eleven minutes of action when the bait runs Barca left to Jeremy Mathieu Barca penalty box trying driven Abidal, but unfortunately the ball rolling into the nets Victor Valdes.

    Two minutes later Barca responded immediately through a counter-attack and Lionel Messi, who holds the ball, sent to Pedro on the left and coolly fired a shot past the obstacles Guiata at the near post.

    At minute 23 Valencia back ahead. Mathieu sends feedback back and this time accepted Pablo which then kicking off measured into the goal without being able to be intercepted Valdes.

    Soldado! Valencia attacker's throw away a golden opportunity when just 2 yards from the goal empty. Dropping the body, Soldado Mathieu welcomes feedback but instead the ball off the mark, just unbelievable miss.

    The first round matches ending 2-1 to Valencia.

    At minute 51 Valencia almost scored again but Soldado waste the opportunity after his shot wide to the side of the net.

    Mascherano fired hard from a distance of 30 yards but can still be pushed well by Guiata.

    Messi escaped the offside trap without escort after receiving feedback breakthrough Thiago Alcantara but Aidil Rami swiftly after him and was close behind Messi. The ball was quickly grasp the goalkeeper.

    Fabregas! Former Arsenal skipper scored his fourth goal for Barca this season on 77 minutes at a time to equalize.

    Messi hull bait well accepted by Fabregas in the penalty box and one touch passing, Fabregas fired a left foot could not be prevented Guiata.

    Two minutes before the normal time running out, David Villa almost klubnnya former goalkeeper. Mature getting feedback from Messi, Villa fired terkawal Guiata right leg but managed to block with his body.

    Valencia had to play with 10 men after Jordi Alba received a red card in second half injury time.

    Team Lineup:

    Valencia: Guaita, Miguel, Rami, VĂ­ctor Ruiz, Mathieu (Piatti 73 '), Albelda (Alberto Costa 48'), Ever, Pablo, Canales (Jonas 69 '), Jordi Alba; Soldado

    Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Puyol (Thiago 63 '), Mascherano, Abidal; Keita (Adriano 58'), Sergio, Xavi; Fabregas, Messi, Pedro (Villa 58 ').


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