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Barcelona v Valencia – Story of the match

Barcelona have now gone a LaLiga-record 39 games unbeaten.

Barcelona bounced back from their Champions League exit in midweek by strengthening their grip on the LaLiga title with a record-breaking 2-1 victory against Valencia at the Nou Camp.

Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti scored early in each half to put the hosts in control but a late penalty, converted by Dani Parejo, made for a nervy finish.

Barcelona moved 14 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, who play Levante on Sunday, while Valencia sit a further three points back following the end of their five-match winning run.

The result also saw Barca set a new LaLiga record of 39 successive matches without losing, breaking the record set by Real Sociedad almost 40 years ago.

Tweet of the match

Former Barca striker Gary Lineker points out his old club’s record-breaking achievement.

Moment of the match

Having just seen his mistake present Valencia with a golden opportunity to equalise, the defender popped up at the other end to head Barcelona into a two-goal lead.

Star man – Marc-Andre ter Stegen

The German goalkeeper was in fine form, denying Goncalo Guedes  with the score at 0-0 and then making two saves to thwart Rodrigo to preserve Barcelona’s lead.

Data point

Player ratings

Barcelona: Marc-Andre ter Stegen 8 (out of 10), Sergi Roberto 6, Gerard Pique 7, Samuel Umtiti 7, Jordi Alba 7, Philippe Coutinho 8, Sergio Busquets 7, Paulinho 6, Andres Iniesta 6, Lionel Messi 6, Luis Suarez 6. Subs: Ousmane Dembele (for Coutinho, 79) 4, Denis Suarez (for Iniesta, 84) 4, Nelson Semedo (for Roberto, 90) n/a.

Valencia: Neto 6,  Ruben Vezo 6, Ezequiel Garay 5, Gabriel 6, Jose Gaya 6, Carlos Soler 6, Dani Parejo 7, Geoffrey Kondogbia 5, Manuel Goncalo Guedes 7, Santi Mina 6,  Rodrigo 6. Subs: Andreas Pereira (for Guedes, 69) 5, Luciano Vietto (for Mina, 71) 5, Simone Zaza (for Rodrigo, 80) 5.

Who’s up next?

Celta Vigo v Barcelona (La Liga, Tuesday, April 17)
Valencia v Getafe (La Liga, Wednesday, April 18)

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