Valencia 1-1 Barcelona: 5 Talking Points
A clear goal denied, a good team goal and another with some individual brilliance; Valencia’s clash with Barcelona was an entertaining game and had pretty much everything in it.
After a goalless first half, the game became pretty open as Valencia opened the scoring in the second, but Barcelona showed why they are unbeaten in the league and came back to level the scored in the last 10 minutes.
Rodrigo Moreno was on the scoresheet for Los Che and former Valencia fullback – Jordi Alba – levelled it for the away side after a sumptuous pass from Lionel Messi. Without further ado, let’s look at the key talking points from the game.
#5 Messi’s ghost goal
It was pretty clear, even without the replays on the telly, that the ball had crossed the line when Valencia custodian Neto failed to collect a Lionel Messi shot. However, the goal wasn’t given and the Barca players were clearly enraged.
I’m not sure what’s more laughable, La Liga’s failure to incorporate goal-line technology, or the linesman’s ineptness. The former should have been a must after what transpired between Barcelona and Real Betis last season, effectively costing Barcelona the league title.
Considering how close La Liga usually is, come the end of the season, two points could be massive, so leaving it to chance isn’t the smartest thing to do when you have billions watching the league.