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Valencia V Barcelona - As it happened.

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Pin Valencia v Barcelona, LaLiga matchday 21, 25/01/2020 - official line-ups. BeSoccer
Valencia v Barcelona, LaLiga matchday 21, 25/01/2020 - official line-ups. BeSoccer

Valencia V Barcelona - As it happened.

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Join us for minute to minute coverage of this afternoon's LaLiga clash between Valencia and Barcelona, as Quique Setién gets his first real test since becoming manager!

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FT: Valencia 2-0 Barcelona. Valencia get their first win at home to Barcelona since 2007, and it's a hard-fought one. The hosts were the superior side the first half, with Barcelona finally finding their groove in the second half. However, Messi's multiple chances were not enough to beat Celades' men, who took advantage of Barcelona's weak defense and have taken the three points with a comfortable performance. Questions will be asked about Setién's impact after today.
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SAVE! Messi surges into the left inside channel and blasts his effort at goal from the angle, but Domenech holds firm to make the stop.
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But he's clearly not having a good day, as his shot is well wide.
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One last free-kick for Leo Messi, who is brought down...
88'
Soler is replaced by Sobrino.
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Messi takes on a strike from the edge of the box, but it's a tame effort that travels safely into the arms of Domenech.
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Collado is on for Fati in the final third for the visitors.
85'
Rakitic replaces De Jong for Barcelona in the middle of the park.
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Paulista scores!!!!! But it's disallowed because of a foul before the play even starts!! VAR confirms it's not a goal as Valencia are allowed to retake the foul.
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Costa replaces goalscorer Gomez for the home side.
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Maxi Gomez gets his goal!! The home side double their advantage on the counter as Gomez places his strike into the bottom-right corner. Torres is the architect as he collects on the right flank and turns away from Alba. He spots Gomez in acres of space and releases the forward. He takes a touch to steady himself before curling his strike around Pique and past Ter Stegen into the back of the net.
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GOAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! MAXI GOMEZ!
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SAVE!!! Barcelona get a free-kick after Garay brings down Griezmann on the edge of the box, and it's Messi who shoots but his effort is saved by Domenech!
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Griezmann and Messi combine and make an almost solo run that starts with Pique 's pass to Alba, but the Argentine can't quite get to it properly and his header is just wide. A poor miss, considering his standards.
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OVER! Messi collects a pass from Alba and goes for goal with a first-time strike from the left inside channel that just sails over the bar and onto the roof of the net... It would've been a beauty!
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Barcelona finally finding their passing rhythm in the final third, as Valencia's defense is starting to struggle.
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And Rodrigo immediately gets to it by outrunning Barcelona's defense before passing to Torres, who goes for a deep cross to the back post for Soler, but it just misses him.
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Rodrigo, who's been heavily linked to today's rivals in recent days, replaces Gameiro.
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Paulista with some key defending! Leo Messi and Jordi Alba combine to create one of Barcelona's best chances yet, but the Brazilian stops him in his tracks with a clean tackle.
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Arthur is replaced by Arturo Vidal for Barcelona. it was the Brazilian's first appearance in the starting line-up since Setién's arrival.
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Coquelin takes one for the team for the home side, dragging down Messi on the counter when Barca have numbers in the final third.
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Torres takes the free-kick and hangs it deep towards the box, but it proves to be a simple claim for Ter Stegen.
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Busquets pulls back Torres on the charge and goes into the book.
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The hosts get their goal through an own goal by Jordi Alba! Gomez's strike beats Ter Stegen with the aid of a deflection after a low cross by Gameiro reaches Gaya, who swings it to Maxi Gomez.
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GOAAAAAALLLLLL VALENCIA!!!
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Barcelona get their first chance of the game moments after the second whistle! Fati plays a one-two with Messi to break into the final third. He tries to guide a right-footed shot past Domenech, but he places his effort wide of the left post.
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Back underway! Can Valencia keep up their destabilising high-pressure football?
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HT: Valencia 0-0 Barcelona. The match started with Barcelona looking more comfortable, but the hosts have since become better team, creating more chances and getting the clinical edge Barcelona seem to be lacking in the final third. An exemplary Ter Stegen has made sure the scoreline remains 0-0 despite Valencia's best efforts, but they should not be deterred by the current score. See you in 15!
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Sergi Roberto releases Griezmann in the right inside channel and he tries to force a low ball across the face of goal. Gabriel reads the danger from the Frenchman's cross to clear the danger.
42'
Samuel Umtiti is booked for fouling Gomez on the half-way line... Right as Soler released towards Torres in the right flank. Valencia players are furious, and rightfully so, as that could have easily become a goal. The referee apologises.
40'
Barcelona having a hard time creating meaningful chances here. They are keeping the possession but there's a lack of connection in the final third.
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Barcelona are looking lost on the pitch at the moment. Valencia are putting them under real pressure at the back and not even Messi can produce a spell of possession to stem the tide.
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Another free-kick for Messi who is fouled by Soler, but it's comfortably saved by Jaume Domenech.
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ANOTHER ONE! Coquelin lines up a blast from 25 yards and his effort travels through a crowd of players. Ter Stegen gets down to make the stop, but cannot hold the ball. He just manages to sprawl to smother the rebound ahead of Gameiro in the six-yard box.
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VALENCIA ALMOST SCORE! The only thing keeping the score at 0-0 is Ter Stegen, who makes a double save with two fantastic stops. The first shot is by Gomez, who rainds down the left flank to score, and once it's saved by the German it reaches Gameiro on the reboud... But Ter Stegen is there to save the day for Barcelona.
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Messi goes for a free-kick after he is brought down by Gameiro... But his shot is too high and it soars over the bar.
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Alba looks frustrated as he fouls Wass on the wing. The visitors are not looking comfortable.
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Barcelona are struggling to keep their possession now as Valencia take it up a notch, pressing hard and not letting them take a breather. Not the cool, calm and collected game Setién must be hoping to get today.
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Another key save from Ter Stegen! Wass and Torres combine down the right flank as Torres whips a dangerous cross into the box. Pique goes to head the ball clear, but it strikes Umtiti and travels towards goal... Dangerous from Valencia!
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That was a huge opportunity for the hosts, who could have used a confidence booting goal from early on. Hopefully more chances to come...
12'
Ter Stegen saves and the scoreline remains 0-0!!!! The ball is struck at a decent height for the keeper to get across to his left to beat it away from goal. Maxi Gomez will regret not getting more creative against a goalkeeper of such stature.
11'
SAVE!!!!! TER STEGEN!!!!
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YELLOW CARD FOR PIQUE AND VALENCIA GET A PENALTY! Very reckless from Pique, who brings down Gaya inside the box after the full-back skips past a challenge from Sergi Roberto with ease.
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Alba surges down the left flank and looks for Griezmann inside the box, but he misplaces his pass.
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Barcelona have started off with a lot of possession, reminiscent of Guardiola's team. No depth or chance creation yet, but it definitely feels like a change.
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And we're off in Mestalla!
Prev.
As far as head to head record, Valencia have failed to win their last seven LaLiga games against Barcelona... But it's a new dawn for Barcelona, and their two performances with Setién have not been as convincing as they'd hope.
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There are also seven changes for Barcelona from their win over Ibiza - with Messi among the names returning to the line-up. Ter Stegen takes his place back between the sticks, while Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Arthur and Busquets all come back into the fold.
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Only four players from Valencia's win over UD Logrones retain their places in the starting line-up this afternoon.
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It's a big one today! This could be a defining moment for Setién, who finds himself against the first "worthy" rivals.
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Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Arthur, De Jong; Messi, Griezmann and Ansu Fati.
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Valencia starting XI: Jaume; Wass, Gabriel Paulista, Garay, Gayà; Carlos Soler, Coquelan, Kondogbia, Ferran Torres; Gameiro and Maxi Gómez.
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Hello and welcome to our minute to minute coverage of this afternoon's LaLiga clash between Valencia and Barcelona!
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