Valencia 1-1 Barcelona; Review - football

Valencia 1-1 Barcelona; Review



Recap from Barcelona?s draw at Valencia Barcelona extended their ?impressive? winless streak to four games with a one-all draw against Valencia at Mestalla. Ezequiel Garay opened the scoring very early before Lionel Messi set the final score midway through the first half. Even with Barcelona dominating the ball, Valencia were the more dangerous team, but ultimately the two sides had to share the spoils.
Barcelona could not have started the game any worse, with Garay sending Valencia in front not even two minutes from kickoff. The hosts earned an early corner kick that was swung in and should?ve been cleared not by one Barcelona defender but two. All Thomas Vermaelen and Gerard Pique were able to manage were slight redirections which resulted in a perfect pass to the far post where Garay couldn?t miss from a yard out. The hosts continued to threaten, creating two good chances over the next four minutes, but Michy Batshuayi and Geoffrey Kondogbia both fired shots that just barely missed the target. Barcelona on the other hand could do very little right. Their defending was pretty much atrocious, while in attack the Catalans harmlessly passed the ball around about 35-yards from goal.
Batshuayi fired again on goal 12 minute in, with ter Stegen making a good save, but the most disconcerting aspect was the ease with which Valencia were creating chances. Neither of the two central defenders was able to be found in a good spot on any of the Valencia attacks.
Midway through th...
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