Saturday, 1 February 2014

Valencia kalahkan El Barca 2-3 di La Liga 2014

Hasil menguntungkan bagi Real Madrid ketika Barcelona kalah dikandang menjamu Valencia.
Berikut laporan Pete Jenson dalam bahasa Inggris:

Barcelona's run of 31 games unbeaten in the league at home came to an end on Saturday when they were beaten 3-2 by Valencia.

Having won their last 26 domestic matches at the Camp Nou they paid the price for squandering first half chances and allowing defensive frailties to be exposed.

Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini might be watching this game a few times between now and February 18 – it contained so many of the weaknesses he will hope to expose when the two meet in the Champions League this month.

Shock win: Valencia celebrate after scoring their third goal through Alcacer on 58 minutes

Match Facts

Barcelona: Valdes. Alba, Mascherano, Pique, Alves, Fabregas (Tello 76), Busquets, Hernandez (Iniesta 65), Pedro, Messi; Sanchez

Substitutes not used: Pinto, Bartra, Song, Adriano, Sergi Roberto

Scorers: Alexis 7, Messi (pen) 51Booked: Jordi Alba, Mascherano, BusquetsSent off: Jordi Alba

Valencia: Carreira, Bernat, Mathieu, Costa, Barragan, Jonas, Piatti (Fede 87), Parejo (Michel 90+3), Romeu, Feghouli, Alcacer (Vargas 73)

Substitutes: Guaita, Ruben Vezo, Jonas, Portu

Scorers: Parejo 44, Piatti 46, Alcacer 58Booked: Carreira, Costa, Parejo 

Referee: Pedro Jesus Pérez MonteroAttendance: 66,969

As well as conceding three Barcelona also suffered their first sending off of the season with Jordi Alba dismissed against his former club.

And they cannot complain about refereeing decision in a game where they were thrown a second half lifeline by a generous penalty against Ricardo Costa.

Barça should never have needed lifelines after dominating the first half.

The players gathered in the centre-circle for the minutes silence for Luis Aragones before kick-off with four of Barcelona’s starters having been part of the squad he coached to the European Championship in 2008.

And one of those, Xavi, posed the first threat with a corner that Sergi Busquets headed over. Valencia keeper Diego Alves came out bravely to stop Alexis connecting with a long ball out from the back. And then saved again from the Chilean who this time was in an offside position. 

On seven minutes the Champions took the lead. The ball fizzed around the Valencia penalty area and when a wall pass between Fabregas and Pedro ran to Messi he played it out to Alexis at the back post and from the tightest of angles he scored over Diego Alves into the roof of the net.

All square: Lionel Messi scored from the penalty spot to bring the scores level at 2-2 on 51 minutes

Messi had a shot saved by Diego Alves and then apologised to Jordi Alba who he should have passed to. Another shot from Messi was turned away for a corner and from Xavi's kick Alves shot wide from distance.


Today was the first time Lionel Messi has lost a match at the Nou Camp after scoring. 

Mathieu, who was linked with Barcelona in the summer, then gave the ball straight to Messi who played it to Xavi. The midfielder picked out Pedro and from his pass to Messi, Diego Alves had to save again. But Barça could not make their dominance pay and suffered for their squandered chances.

Valencia first threatened from a corner which Valdes came for and got nowhere near only for Ricardo Costa to somehow head wide of the empty goal.

Barcelona were then caught three against five at the back when Busquets failed to win the ball in midfield. Dani Parejo surged through and, after exchanging passes with Feghouli, scored past Valdes.

Three minutes into the second half and Barça were behind; with their weakness in the air exposed. Barragan's cross was flicked on by Paco Alcacer for Piatti who outjumped Alves to score - Piatti and Alcacer are probably La Liga's smallest strikers. The Catalans will have to improve against Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko.

The lead lasted all of six minutes thanks to Messi and referee Pedro Perez Montero who pointed to the spot after the ball hit Costa on what appeared to be the shoulder. Messi ruthlessly hammered home the penalty into the roof of Diego Alves’ net.

Any thoughts that that might end Valencia’s resistance disappeared when they scored next. Feghouli got to the byline after Busquets was beaten in the tackle and his cross found Alcacer who shot past Valdes unmarked.

Barcelona coach Tata Martino said: 'If you look at the first half an hour of the game it is very hard to explain the way the match turned. We made mistakes and losses of concentration and they took full advantage.'


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