Published: Mon, February 04, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Messi Double Salvages Barcelona's Draw vs. Valencia

Messi Double Salvages Barcelona's Draw vs. Valencia

Messi picked up a thigh injury during Barça's 2-2- draw with Valencia on Saturday night, but played through the pain to complete the 90 minutes.

Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele are in doubt for Wednesday's Copa del Rey game against Real Madrid due to injuries and the Barcelona medical staff are expected to reassess their progress on Monday.

The World Cup victor will train with the group after the weekend, when the medical staff will re-evaluate his physical condition.

Messi scored twice at the Nou Camp to salvage Barca a point against Valencia that leaves them six points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid at the top of the table.

Marc Andre Ter Stegen is only second to Jan Oblak in the running for clean sheets.

Messi took his tally to 11 in the last nine matches in all competitions, passing 20 league goals for the 11th successive season.

The coach also played Sergi Roberto at left-back instead of Jordi Alba, who is having a sublime season, and Thomas Vermaelen next to Gerard Pique, resting Clement Lenglet.

There did not look to be a way towards goal with three Valencians in front of him plus the goalkeeper, but Messi found one, curling a left-foot shot around defenders and inside the post for his 21st strike of the season.

Gameiro netted the opener for Los Che in the 27th minute of the game.

Barcelona had a penalty of their own in the 38th minute though, with Nelson Semedo going down under a challenge from Toni Lato.

Parejo doubled the advantage from the penalty spot after Roberto knocked down Wass trying to dispute a cross.

Earlier, he scored in his eighth consecutive La Liga game for a third time in his career. We were dominating the ball and the feeling was that we could score goals.

Celta Vigo ended a five-match losing streak and escaped the relegation zone by beating Sevilla 1-0 at home thanks to Okay Yokuslu's second-half goal.

Neither team could find a victor in the remaining 30 minutes of the match, but the draw ensured Barca avoided a first league loss since November and took them to 50 points from 22 games.

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