Barcelona vs. Real Valladolid: La Liga Live Score, Highlights and Recap
As the rain lashed down on a half-full Camp Nou, Barcelona kept alive their hopes of reaching 100 points -- having clinched La Liga last weekend.
Pedro Rodriguez, with his ninth goal of the season, gave La Blaugrana a first half lead. Captain for the night Xavi Hernandez setting him free to fire through Jaime's legs.
Barca had two before the break. La Masia graduate and current Real Valladolid defender, Marc Valiente, uncomfortably turning a corner into his own net.
The game continued without pace and without much atmosphere, but with lots of Barcelona possession.
A third goal never came -- Jaime making several decent stops -- but even Victor Perez's late penalty never really set the alarm bells ringing, as Barcelona ran out 2-1 winners.
La Liga: Camp Nou, Barcelona (1500 ET, 2100 CET)
Barcelona 2-0 Real Valladolid (Pedro 20', Valiente [OG] 42' - Perez [PEN] 89')
Barcelona: Victor Valdes; Martin Montoya, Javier Mascherano, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets (Thiago Alcantara), Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta (Jonathan Dos Santos); Pedro Rodgirguez, Cesc Fabregas (Cristian Tello), David Villa
Subs: Jose Pinto; Marc Bartra, Alex Song, Alexis Sanchez
Real Valladolid: Jaime; Mikel Balenziaga, Jesus Rueda, Marc Valiente, Carlos Pena; Alvaro Rubio (Lluis Sastre), Víctor Perez; Omar Ramos, Óscar Gonzalez (Alberto Bueno), Daniel Larsson; Javi Guerra (Manucho)
Subs: Dani Hernandez; Henrique Sereno, Javier Baraja, Valder Rama,
Thanks for joining us for live coverage from Camp Nou, where Barcelona kept alive hopes of a 100 point haul.
A strange night in Barcelona comes to an end. But, if the weather was uncharacteristic, the result was familiar.
Pedro and an own goal put Barcelona into a 2-0 lead, and the rest of the game was played out in a manner similar to a testimonial or a friendly. Valladolid scored a consolation from the penalty spot late on, but never really troubled Valdes' goal.
Now for the celebrations...
FINAL: FC Barcelona 2 - 1 Real Valladolid. A boring game, but we'll take the win. Tonight was all about the celebration after the game.— Xoel Cárdenas (@XoelCardenas) May 19, 2013
Barcelona 2-1 Valladolid
GOOOOOOOOOOOL DE VALLADOLID!
Penalty for Valladolid!
85 -- Valladolid follow suit with their final change...
Lluis Sastre, another one time Barca B man, replaces Alvario Rubio.
83 -- Barcelona make their final change
Cristian Tello comes on for Cesc Fabregas.
82 -- Pedro should score!
David Villa does well to stay on his feet and force another fine save out of Jaime. Valladolid's 'keeper can only push it to Pedro though, who can't roll the ball into the gaping net.
79 -- Top save from Jaime
Martin Montoya shows the confidence to take on his man and shoot on his left foot, but Jaime saves well to force a corner. From the short corner, Cesc tries to cut in and bend one into the top corner. He came close, but not close enough.
76 -- Barcelona change
Jonathan Dos Santos replaces the busy Andres Iniesta, who leaves the pitch to a rousing reception.
Change for Valladolid too
Manucho comes on for Javie Guerra, who had very little service tonight.
68 -- Valladolid make a change
Their first sub sees Oscar come off for Alberto Bueno
64 -- Pedro saves the bar!
Great run from Cesc Fabregas down the right, he gets his head up and pulls it back to Pedro.... but his shot, leaning back, clips the bar. Best chance of the half.
Sergio Busquets departs for Thiago Alcantara.
60 -- Iniesta controlling the play..
Barca keeping the ball, Valladolid working hard. You have to imagine they'll tire soon, although it's not necessary for Barcelona to score again.
51 -- Is this a friendly?
This is, without doubt, the most laid back, easy going game witnessed at Camp Nou in a competitive game this season. The rain has eased off, Barca are dominating the ball -- obviously -- and Xavi has just forced a decent save out of Jaime from 20 yards out.
46 -- Barcelona get the second half underway
No changes from either side at the break, so it's as we were for now...
56,055 is the attendance at Camp Nou tonight.
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