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2020-2021 LaLiga
  • Gabriel (50')
  • Carlos Soler (83')
  • Lionel Messi (57', 69')
  • Antoine Griezmann (63')

Lionel Messi brace gives Barcelona big comeback win over Valencia

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Barcelona rode a trio of second-half goals to a 3-2 win over Valencia in La Liga on Sunday night to keep title hopes alive for Ronald Koeman's team.

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A 50th minute strike from Valencia's Gabriel looked to have Barca on the ropes as they tried to keep pace with leaders Atletico Madrid, but a brace from Lionel Messi either side of an Antoine Griezmann goal earned Barca all three points.

Carlos Soler scored a brilliant goal for Valencia from outside the area as full-time approached, but Barcelona were able to see out the victory.

"We know that we won't have any easy games until the end of the season but we got the job done after the unexpected defeat to Granada. We competed today and are going to keep competing," said Barca defender Gerard Pique.

"Today we showed we're still in the fight, that was what we wanted to do at the start of the season and it's to our credit that we're still in it."

The result put Barca on 74 points, good enough for second place in La Liga ahead of Real on goal difference and two behind first-placed Atleti.

Barcelona play Atleti in a crunch, and potentially title-deciding, fixture on May 8.

"We're still alive," said assistant coach Alfred Schreuder, who is taking charge of the team during Koeman's touchline ban, which will also make him miss the game with Atletico.

"We're not looking at the other teams, we're only interested in ourselves and we believe our players can go on and win the league."

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Atletico Madrid 35 +39 77
2 Real Madrid 35 +34 75
3 Barcelona 35 +47 75
4 Sevilla FC 35 +22 71
5 Real Sociedad 35 +18 56
6 Real Betis 35 -2 54
7 Villarreal 35 +11 52
8 Celta Vigo 35 -3 47
9 Athletic Bilbao 35 +8 46
10 Granada 35 -13 45
11 Cádiz 35 -19 43
12 Osasuna 35 -10 41
13 Valencia 35 -5 39
14 Levante 35 -10 39
15 Getafe 35 -15 34
16 Alavés 35 -24 32
17 Real Valladolid 35 -17 31
18 Huesca 35 -19 30
19 Elche 35 -23 30
20 Eibar 35 -19 29