Barcelona Beats Valencia, Sets New La Liga Unbeaten Record
Barcelona now has a new La Liga unbeaten record of 39 consecutive games unbeaten as a result of Saturday’s 2-1 win over Valencia.
Luis Suarez opened the scoring at Camp Nou on 15 minutes when he collected Philippe Coutinho’s threaded ball and side-footed past Neto at the right-hand post.
Valencia responded well to falling behind and enjoyed abundant opportunities to get back into the game, with Goncalo Guedes and Rodrigo Moreno coming close on numerous occasions.
But, Los Che could not get the ball over the line and was punished when Samuel Umtiti then doubled Barca’s lead at the 51st minute, when he headed home Coutinho’s corner.
Valencia did manage to halve the deficit three minutes to the end of the game, Ousmane Dembele sloppily bringing down Jose Gaya for a penalty which Dani Parejo slotted underneath Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Still, the host hung on to secure all three points and, with the victory, break the Spanish top flight’s unbeaten record in style.
Real Sociedad in the past held the record, notching up a 38-game unbeaten run from April 1979 to May 1980.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto (Semedo 90′), Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Paulinho, Iniesta (D. Suarez 84′); Coutinho (Dembele 79′), Messi, Suarez
VALENCIA (4-4-2): Neto; Vezo, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya; Soler, Kondogbia, Parejo, Guedes (Pereira 69′); Rodrigo (Zaza 80′), Mina (Vietto 71′)