Barcelona vs Valencia: Messi scores as Catalans drop points at Camp Nou

Barcelona vs Valencia: Messi scores as Catalans drop points at Camp Nou

- Barcelona vs Valencia La Liga clash ended in a stalemate

- The game saw Lionel Messi scored 643rd goal for the Catalans

- But Maximiliano Gomez's goal ensured the two sides shared the spoils at the end of the game

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Barcelona and Valencia settled for a 2-2 draw in their Spanish League encounter at the Nou Camp on Saturday, December 19.

A goal each from Mouctar Diakhaby and Maximiliano Gomez helped the visitors salvage a point for themselves away from home.

While Lionel Messi and Ronald Araujo were the goal scorers for Barcelona but their goals were not enough to earn them a victory in the end.

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Javi Gracia's men got the game started on a bright note with their attacking displays which made them play the most part of the opening half-hour in their hosts' danger zone.

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Barcelona vs Valencia: Lionel Messi after scoring his 643rd Barca goal in their 2-2 draw against The Cats. Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images
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However, one of their attempts yielded a result after an unmarked Diakhaby headed home from Carlos Soler's corner kick in the 29th minute.

The defender who was marked before the kick was taken left his opponent and made a timely run to connect with the set-piece which then ended in the back of the net.

Koeman's men made an immediate attempt but Philippe Coutinho's effort went inches above the goal post.

However, Messi was able to restore parity in the added minutes of the first half through a header after his initial attempt from the spot was brilliantly saved by Juame.

Jordi Alba benefited from the keeper's save and crossed the ball back targeting his teammates which eventually found the Argentine who then headed it into the net.

Barcelona took the lead for the first time in the game in the 57th minute after Ronald Araujo after scoring a scissors kick goal.

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The hosts were making an attacking run but the build-up was deflected in the process but the Uruguay star managed to find a space in the busy 18-yard box fired his side ahead.

Koeman's men were unable to hold their lead beyond the 69th minute as Gomes found a way to level up for the guests.

The out of the match now means Barca are eight points behind leaders Atletico Madrid who have played one game less.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigerian star Asisat Oshoala was again on target for Barcelona women in their 6-0 win over Sevilla at the Johan Cryuff Stadium.

The goal took the forward's tally to seven goals in 10 appearances in all competitions so far this campaign after finding the back of the net in the 67th minute.

Oshoala who came in for Caroline Hansen at the start of the second half also provided two assists for Aitana Bonmati goals.

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