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Valencia vs Barcelona Live Score and Commentary, La Liga 2017-18 VAL vs BAR

Full time: Valencia 1-1 Barcelona (Rodrigo 60' Alba 82')
Updated: 27 November 2017 03:14 IST - Published: 27 November 2017 02:28 IST
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Phew! That was some good La Liga football, lads and lasses. Barcelona were dominant in the first half, but Valencia raised their game in the second half and will feel they should have won the game. Guedes will feel he should have taken that chance on the break when they were a goal to the good. 

Kudos to Barca for digging deep, like they did against Atletico away from home, and they won't be too unhappy with the point. That disallowed goal in the first half will still get on the Barca fans nerves, though.  Nevertheless, Barca keep their lead at the top over Valencia and are still eight clear of both the Madrid sides. 

We wanted a good game, and we got one, didn't we? This is Amit Mishra signing off. For any sort of feedback, you can tweet @Leamitmishra. Good night, lads and lasses!
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Peeep peeeeeep peeeeeeeeeeeep! Full time! Boy, what a game!
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90+4' ZAZA COULD HAVE WON IT! Valencia break forward with Mina on the right and Barca are caught out of position. The cross for Zaza is pretty good but he smashes the ball into the ground and it's over the bar!
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90+3' Pereira makes a marauding run on the left and tries to give it some welly! Hits the side netting! Wow. 
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90+2' Deulofeu was in a good position! But he is caught offside! That was a good chance as Barca had men forward. Valencia nearly break and score their second but for Vermaelen to intercept! 
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90+1' Four minutes to be added on. 
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90' Simone Zaza is back defending! Some effort he has put in tonight. Barca get a corner and Paulinho finds himself free in the box! He mistimes his jump, though, and Valencia get a goal-kick! Dear me!
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89' Nasty tackle by Pereira on Busquets. Yellow card!
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88' Valencia's passing has been pretty lackadaisical in the last few minutes. Barca have raised their intensity, to be fair. Meanwhile, Suarez manages to find himself onside, at last, but dwells on the ball too long and Gaya is back in time to make the challenge. 
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87' Barca are seeing a lot of the ball now. They have a few minutes. Messi has had an impact in a more central role. Get him on the ball if you wanna win, fellas. 
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86' Substitution for Valencia: Garay is off, Ruben Vezo is on
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84' Jeez, Suarez. He is offside for the umpteenth time!
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Rodrigo is off the pitch by the way. He was replaced by Andreas Pereira! Missed that one, amidst that sumptuous goal by Alba!
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Holy moly, Lionel! He drops deep and finds a smashing pass with a lot of deft and finesse for Alba on the left, who's finish was equally good on the volley! We have a game here again!
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82' GOOOAAAAAALLLAAAAAAZZZZZZOOOOOOO! Jordi Alba! 1-1!
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81' VALENCIA BREAK AND GUEDES BOTTLES IT! That should have been that as Rodrigo breezed past Busquets to find Guedes, but his first touch was bad and allowed Umtiti to get back and make a challenge! Ah! The home fans groan! 
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80' Barca have made all three changes, and Alcacer is on the bench! Time is running out for the Blaugrana...
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79' Substitution for Barcelona: Vidal is on for Semedo. 
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77' Nasty challenge from Deulofeu! Valencia win a freekick. The camera zooms in on Suarez and boy does he look frustrated!
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76' Suarez finally manages to get a shot away but it's easily saved by Neto. The second ball falls to a Valencia player and they are able to clear it!
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75' Deulofeu again drifts to the centre and passes it to Alba. He looks for a return pass on the left but the pass is a bad one and is intercepted by Garay. 
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74' Messi comes deep and tries to maraud forward. Sadly, Valencia are so well drilled that Messi loses the ball and the hosts are back in possession.  
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73' For all the beautiful football Barca played in the first half, they have rushed into passing it quickly this time and that has been their undoing. Valencia have done well in the second half. 
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72' Substitution for Barcelona: Iniesta is off, Denis is on. 
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71' Guedes, free on the left, is excellently picked out by Kondogbia and nearly cuts in and manages a second goal for the side! While shooting, though, he was off balance and the shot is out for a throw-in, it was that bad!
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70' Poor from Deulofeu. He has nowhere to go on the right, and decides to go to the centre and gives it away! Valencia counter, but can't make anything off it! Valencia are so well structured now that they have something to defend!
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69' Seems like they'll switch back to the 4-3-3. But that three-man midfield could fall apart on the Valencia counters. Big call from Valverde. 
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68' Substitution for Barcelona: Deulofeu is on for Rakitic. 
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66' It's end to end now. But boy, Barca have lost their shape as they are in search of an equaliser. Valencia are able to pass it around now. All they need to do is stifle the game by keeping the ball. They will find more space. 
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65' SUAREZ IS OFFSIDE AGAIN! Must be infuriating for the Barca fans! He looks at the linesman and swears! But laddie, you were offside! 
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63' Valencia nearly score a similar goal again! But this time Umtiti is back in time to intercept. On second viewing, that looked like a pen, though, as Umtiti seemed to get more of the man than the ball! Guedes and Valencia will be hard done by that!
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62' Right! This is a real test for the away side. Nothing is gonna change in the game, as Valencia will play on the break even now. But boy do the players and fans look buoyed! 
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Guedes and Gaya combine well on the left, with the latter making a good overlapping run on the left to catch Semedo off-guard. The fullback finds Rodrigo after Ter Stegen isn't able to intercept the pass! Good team goal that! 
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60' GOOOOOOLLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAZO! Rodrigo for Valencia!
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59' The second half has been pretty even so far, and kudos to Valencia for being more quick and direct with their passing. Barca are still creating more chances, though. 
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58' Iniesta fouls Parejo. Freekick to Valencia. 
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57' Guedes with a chance! He was one v one against Umtiti and shifted to his outside and took a shot. Ter Stegen read it well and smothered the shot! The German has been ever so solid this season and showed it again there!
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56' Barca keep the ball well and Messi nearly manages to receive a pass from Rakitic on the right. After squaring it off to the Croat, the receiving pass was too heavy!
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54' Messi is fouled again, this time by Soler. They've done well to stop the game tactically, though it's a foul, to prevent Barca from breaking forward often. And it's a different player every time! 
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53' Valencia need to make the most of this early second-half burst. The minute Barca are back in their rhythm, it's going to get hard physically and mentally. The away side win a freekick near their own penalty box. Good pressing by Soler, though. 
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52' Barca now create a move of their own with Messi at the heart of it. He squares it to Semedo on the right, who's cross is cleared for a corner. 
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50' Gaya and Parejo pass it well before the latter squares it to Zaza on the edge of the box. The Italian's shot is just wide at the far post! Valencia have looked very bright and direct!
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49' Messi has the ball and makes a darting run, but Suarez is offside again! Not the first time he has been caught offside, lads and lasses. Needs to keep his run in check.
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48' Penalty calls from the Valencia players are turned down by the ref! Kondogbia went down far too easily! 
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47' Valencia have started the second half brightly, with Soler seeing a lot of the ball on the right! They win a corner. 
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Peeeeeeeeep! We're back! The second half is underway as Valencia kickoff from right to left!
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Peeeeeeeep! Halftime! Wow! What a first half we've had! The league leaders have been irresistible and it's a surprise they haven't scored yet. Well, they did score, but it wasn't given. Will it come back to haunt the Blaugrana? We'll learn soon! 
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Doesn't seem like there will be any time added on....
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45' Yellow card shown to Gabriel for a foul on Messi. 
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43' A frustrated Zaza fouls Messi near the halfway line. Can you blame him? It's the only way you can stop the little genius. Zaza hasn't been helped by his team's inability to find him in the attacking third.