Valencia 1-1 Barcelona: Jonas, Puyol score, Messi penalty-miss
Valencia and Barcelona should be satisfied with a draw in first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final. In a match at the Mestalla, Thursday (02/02/2012) pm dawn, both teams are equally strong 1-1.
First home team ahead after barely half an hour old. Barca goalkeeper Jonas through the kick.
Barca equalized a few minutes later. Carles Puyol who maximizes a corner kick to score with his head.
Barca could have the lead in the second half. However, Lionel Messi penalty kick was a goal.
These results are quite favorable Barca. In the second leg which will be held at the Camp Nou next week, they just need a goalless draw to qualify.
Barca goalkeeper endanger Valencia in the 16th minute Messi's through action. However, his shot still secured goalkeeper Diego Alves.
Two minutes later, the players protested the host because it considers the Barca goalkeeper Jose Pinto, to block the ball with his hands outside the penalty box. However, the referee ignored him.
Entering the 20th minute, Valencia got the opportunity through Roebrto Soldado. Utilizing Ever Banega corner, volley Soldado still hovering over the bar.
Alexis Sanchez throw a good chance moments later. Despite getting shot open space in the penalty box, the solution is still widening.
Valencia opened the scoring in the 27th minute. Jeremy Mathieu movement begins on the left side, the ball is then fed into the goal mouth where Jonas was waiting there. Without difficulty, the player back numbered 7 tore goalkeeper Pinto with his right foot shot.
Alexis again throw opportunities in the 35th minute. Getting feedback from Isaac Cuenca breakthrough, he immediately faced with Alves. But his shot is still not a goal because it pushed over Alves and just generate a corner kick.
From the corner kick that's equalizing goal for Barca was born. Puyol take advantage of the weak escort, Victor Ruiz and easily the ball into the goal.
At the beginning of the second half, Barca had a golden opportunity to turn superior. They were awarded a penalty after Miguel Thiago violated. But Messi execution could be thwarted by Alves.
The visitors threatened again in the 73rd minute. Dani Alves, who play bait one-two with Messi then off hard kick, but the ball just hit the goalpost.
Until the long whistle sounded, the score 1-1 still remained unchanged.
Valencia: Diego Alves, Miguel, Jute, Victor Ruiz, Jordi Alba, Albelda (Tino Costa 65 '), Banega, Piatti (Feghouli 58'), Jonas (Aduriz 75 '), Mathieu, Soldado
Barcelona: Pinto, Puyol, Pique, Abidal, Mascherano, Fabregas, Busquets, Thiago (Dos Santos 80 '), Alexis (Dani Alves 62'), Messi, Cuenca (Tello 87 ')