Los Che gave it all they could but still came up short against Barca at the Mestalla.Atter a cagey first half, game came to life when Gabriel Paulista gave Valencia the lead against the run of play on minute 50. Just deserts for Javi Garcia’sside, the Spanish coach looking to counter the 3-5-2 formation by Barca with an old fashioned 5-3-2.The later formation effective in countering the higher-up-the-pitch full backs. There is only one problem with this? It exposes the midfield, Valencia being outnumbered there when the ball breaks into mid field with the dangerous De Jong lurking. The former Arsenal defender getting the better of Lenglet who was sleeping on the far post. A moment of utter madness from Valencia defender gifting Barca the penalty that Messi failed to covert(HE IS IMMORTAL AFTER ALL) but got it on the rebound on 56.
Five minutes later Griezmann gave Barca the lead after De Jong’s header was saved by Cillesen.Messi’s free kick made it 3-1 after 69, inch perfect it was off the post if it had been a millimeter to the right no goal.Los Che’s top scorer this season Soler made it 3-2 and an interesting finish to the match. No more goals as Barca joined Real Madrid on 74 points in third, with the Catalans having a poor head to head against Los Blancos having lost both Clasico matches this season.