Barcelona Held to 1-1 Draw at Valencia

Samuel MarsdenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2013

Following Real Madrid's defeat to Granada last night, it was Barcelona's turn to demonstrate that the strains of El Clasico might be catching.

Although that may be unfair on Valencia who put them to the test at the Mestalla—a stadium where Barca have now only managed to win once at in their last seven visits across all competitions.

Valencia took the lead in the first half through Ever Banega but La Blaugrana were soon level. 

Pedro Rodriguez was adjudged to have been fouled in the box and Lionel Messi smashed home the penalty emphatically.

Victor Valdes made a brilliant double save late on although Cesc Fabregas could have won it for Barca before then.

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Full Time: Valencia 1-1 Barcelona (Banega, Messi)

Valencia; Guaita; Joao Pereira, Rami, R. Costa, Cissokho; V. Ruiz, T. Costa; Bernat (Piatti), Éver Banega (Canales), Guardado (Jonas); Soldado

Barcelona; Valdés; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano (Puyol), Alba; Busquets, Xavi (Thiago), Cesc (Villa); Iniesta, Messi, Pedro