FC Barcelona could not get the El Clásico hangover fully out of them as el blaugrana were held to a 1-1 tie against a resurgent Valencia at the Mestalla on Sunday.
Valencia had a good shot at the opening goal as Andres Guardado's shot was blocked by Dani Alves. No hand ball was called on the Brazilian.
Ever Banega got the scoring started in the 33th minute as the Argentine took the deflected pass and slammed the ball past Victor Valdes for the 1-0 lead.
Just six minutes later a foul on Pedro inside the box lead to a penalty. Lionel Messi stepped up and slammed the spot kick past a diving Vicente Guita for the equalizer. It was Leo's 34th Liga goal this season. Messi extended his own record by scoring in his 12th straight Liga match.
Messi becomes the only player in the history of La Liga to score 34 goals after 22 games (via @champ_ian).
In the second half, Roberto Soldado just missed giving Valencia the lead in the 51st minute as his diving header just missed.
Cesc Fabregas just missed giving Barça the lead in the 55th minute as a fabulous Messi pass found Cesc, but the former Arsenal captain went slightly left of the post. Tino Costa's free kick went straight to Valdes in the 58th minute.
Messi had an open shot in the 61st minute, but instead of taking it Leo crossed it into the middle only to find no one. Valdes made a tremendous save on a Sergio Canales shot in the 68th minute.
David Villa came in for Cesc Fabregas in the 72nd minute. The crowd at the Mestalla clapped for the former Che player.
A beautiful run by Dani Alves found the cross to Villa, but David missed wide right in the 77th minute.
Aly Cissokho picked the pocket of Pique in the 89th minute, and passed it to Pablo Piatti for the shot. Piatti's shot was blocked by Valdes, then Victor saved Soldado's shot from point-blank range. Incredible by VV.
FINAL: Valencia CF 1 - 1 FC Barcelona
A fair result for both teams. Valencia wanted the win more than Barcelona, but Barca earned the one point thanks to solid play from Victor Valdes and Jordi Alba.
There were few talking points from this game, so let's just look at two takeaways "From The Mind of Xoel" from FC Barcelona's 1-1 draw against Valencia on Sunday.