Barcelona 2-1 Valencia: 5 Talking Points
SCORE: Barcelona 2-1 Valencia
SCORERS: Barcelona - Suarez 15' Umtiti 51'; Valencia - Parejo (P) 87'
The hosts managed to recover quickly from the heart-wrenching exit from the Champions League thanks to a miracle comeback from Roma.
With just the League and the Spanish Cup to contend with, Barcelona took another step towards winning La Liga.
Suarez and Umtiti came up with the goals for the Catalans with Daniel Parejo pulling one back for the visitors, from the spot, late on in the game.
Messi found his divine touch once again, with some mesmerising football on the night, but failed to find the back of the net.
Here are the major talking points from the game.
#5 The Catalans bounce back from the lingering heartbreak of the Champions League exit
Barcelona were made to go through footballing hell, like they have forced so many of their opposition teams to similarly experience, in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
They let slip a 1-4 first leg deficit to allow Roma to score three in the second and go through to the semis instead.
The whole world was left aghast as the Italians managed their first semi-final in European competition in well over 30 years.
Tonight was all about the recovery powers of the Catalans, and like they proved against Valencia, they are among the best I the world at that.
So many teams would've fumbled after the overwhelming disappointment of not just the loss but also the manner of it in mid-week. The fact that a stoppage-time Ronaldo penalty helped Real through would've made matters worse.