Round 9 of La Liga sees FC Barcelona narrowly defeat Valencia CF after Lionel Messi converted a penalty won by Luis Suárez in the second minute of extra time during the second half. Barcelona took an early lead after a controversial Messi strike in the 22nd minute, but Valencia responded with two goals early in the second half. Suárez tied the contest in the 62nd minute after a Neymar corner setting up a tense yet exciting finish.
Games against Valencia at the Mestalla always seem to cause trouble for Luis Enrique’s Barcelona. Since Lucho took charge of the Blaugrana in the 2014/15 season, Barcelona have scraped two wins and drawn once at the 55,000 seater stadium, and every time, despite the frequent change of managers, Los Che have always gone into the games in an aggressive nature – not to mention the fans, who now have a record of two bottles thrown in the three Mestalla meetings since 14/15.
Saturday’s afternoon kick off was no different to previous meetings at Valencia’s ground. There was reckless tackling, strange refereeing, deafening noise from the stands, and overall a complicated game of football.