Frustrated Barcelona share points with Valencia after 2-2 draw

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Technical card:
Barcelona: Jaume Domenech, Daniel Wass, Gabriel Paulista, Mouctar Diakhaby, Jose Luis Gaya, Yunus Musah, Carlos Soler, Uros Racic, Denis Cheryshev, Maxi Gomez and Goncalo Guedes
Valencia: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Sergino Dest, Oscar Mingueza, Ronald Araujo, Jordi Alba, Antoine Griezmann, Sergio Busquets, Philippe Coutinho, Pedri, Martin Braithwaite and Lionel Messi
Stadium: the Nou Camp
Goals: Mouctar Diakhaby (0-1, min. 29), Lionel Messi (1-1, min. 45), Ronald Araujo (2-1, min. 52) and Maxi Gomez (2-2, min. 69)

On Saturday, Barcelona and Valencia were held to a 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp. Both sides arrived on the back of wins. Barcelona were looking to continue their run after winning their previous two games against Real Sociedad at home and Levante at home, by 2-1 and 1-0 respectively. Valencia, on the other hand, were looking to extend their winning run after a 1-0 victory against Real Valladolid. As the table looks today, Barcelona and Valencia sit 3rd, (34 points) and 14th, (19 points), in the table respectively, after 14 matches.

The first half of the game started favourably for Valencia, beginning with Mouctar Diakhaby opening the scoring in the 29th minute. However, their lead didn’t last for long, as an equalizer from a Lionel Messi just before half-time brought Barcelona level, which saw the first half end 1-1.

The second half started all good for Barcelona, thanks to Ronald Araujo opening the scoring in the 52nd minute. However, they didn’t maintain the lead for long though, an equalizer from a Maxi Gomez in the 69th minute brought Valencia level, and the game ended 2-2.

For Barcelona Frenkie De Jong, Trincao, Clement Lenglet and Miralem Pjanic came on for Sergio Busquets, Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho and Pedri, while Valencia replaced Alex Blanco, Manu Vallejo and Kang In Lee with Yunus Musah, Goncalo Guedes and Denis Cheryshev.

There were bookings for Antoine Griezmann, Oscar Mingueza, Jordi Alba and Clement Lenglet from Barça and Jose Luis Gaya and Alex Blanco for Valencia.

Barcelona will next travel to Elche, while Valencia will face Osasuna at home.

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