After enjoying a thoroughly dominating 8-0 victory at home against Osasuna over the weekend, FC Barcelona took to the road once again to try and capitalize on some of that momentum in a midweek La Liga fixture at Valencia.
The visiting side looked ragged on defense in the early stages of the match, as Valencia applied pressure against the 2010-11 Champions League title-holders. The pressure in Barcelona's defensive half combined with a wildly uncharacteristic mistake from Eric Abidal, put Valencia on the board first as Abidal netted a traumatizing own goal in the 12th minute.
Two minutes later Barca struck back, as Pedro got his side back in it almost immediately after play began once again. The move was set up by a perfectly executed through ball from teammate Lionel Messi, who recorded his third assist of the La Liga campaign.
The home side continued to look fantastic in the attack, piecing together dangerous countering opportunities and outshooting the visitors in the first 45 minutes. In the 23rd minute, Pablo put Valencia on top once again with a right-footed shot into the bottom corner of the net.
The first half hour of the second half proved to be largely uneventful, as Barcelona pressed hard for the equalizing goal, but failed to capitalize on their chances. In the 68th minute, a shot from distance from Javier Mascherano seemed destined to find the top corner of the net, but it bounced off the woodwork and out of play.
That all changed in the 77th minute when another through ball from Messi set up Cesc Fabregas for a left-footed shot into the bottom left corner of the net to bring the two sides back to equal footing once again.
However, the back-and-forth between Barcelona and Valencia would end there, as Barca's numerous attempts at last minute heroics fell flat and the match ended in a 2-2 draw.
The result comes after Barcelona's fiercest rivals in league competition, Real Madrid, played to a scoreless draw of their own against Racing Santander. Barcelona now has a one point edge over Madrid in the La Liga table.
Valencia: Eric Abidal (OG 12') and Pablo (23')
Barcelona: Pedro (14') and Cesc Fabregas (77')
Vicente Guaita Panadero, Victor Ruiz, Adil Rami, Jordi Alba, Miguel, Ever Banega, David Albelda, Sergio Canales Madrazo, Jérémy Mathieu, Pablo, Roberto Soldado
Subs: Alberto Costa for David Albelda (45'), Jonas for Sergio Canales Madrazo (69'), Pablo Piatti for Jérémy Mathieu (73')
Victor Valdés, Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano, Eric Abidal, Dani Alves, Sergio Busquets, Seydou Keita, Xavi, Cesc Fábregas, Lionel Messi, Pedro
Subs: David Villa for Pedro (57'), Adriano for Seydou Keita (59'), Thiago for Carles Puyol (63')