Barcelona Bounces Back From UCL Setback, Sets LaLiga Record

Barcelona Bounces Back From UCL Setback, Sets LaLiga Record

Ernesto Valverde feels it is hard to focus on Barcelona's record unbeaten run in La Liga given the disappointment of their Champions League exit to Roma.

But the France center back gave Barcelona the cushion it needed in the 51st when Umtiti headed Coutinho's corner kick onto the turf and in off the hands of Neto.

Nonetheless, the win for Barcelona vs Valencia inches the Blaugrana closer to the LaLiga title, a saving grace after another disappointing Champions League campaign.

"The value of these three points is great, they are three points of gold", Valverde said. In that sense, I have to congratulate the players because it's not easy.

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They are also seven points away from winning the title after provisionally stretching their lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid (68 points) to 14 points.

As a result, Barca set a new league high for games without losing, breaking a record which had been held by Real Sociedad since 1980.

"This was a red-letter day for us", said the Barca boss, as quoted by Sky Sports.

"After a major defeat there is always a period of mourning, but the important thing is how you react, what do you do in the next game". We knew that the fans were angry and we were also hurting.

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Valencia were determined to get back in the game in the second-half and even had a shot from Rodrigo cleared off the goal-line by Pique.

The speed of Valencia's Goncalo Guedes caused Barcelona trouble throughout the first half.

Luis Suarez opened the scoring for Barcelona vs Valencia.

But while Messi came close after beating a number of defenders, it was Valencia who was to score next, with Dani Parejo just about squeezing the ball under Ter Stegen from an 87th-minute penalty, after the recently introduced Ousmane Dembele took out Jose Gaya as he whipped in a cross. When Carlos Bacca then put Villarreal two up at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, 10-man Sevilla looked dead and buried, particularly when Nolito missed a penalty with 15 minutes left.

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Adrian Lopez scored twice as Deportivo La Coruna won at Athletic Bilbao 3-2 and moved to within five points of safety.

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