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Barcelona v Valencia Live Commentary & Result, 19/12/2020, Primera División | Goal.com

20′ Griezmann raids down the right flank and arcs a cross aiming for Braithwaite at the back post, but the ball sails out for a goal-kick.

18′ Racic competes with Braithwaite for a bouncing ball on the edge of the Barca box. The veteran forward uses his experience to earn a free-kick for the home side.

16′ Barcelona are not clicking in the final third at the moment. They have not been able to get behind the Valencia backline.

14′ OVER! Wass latches on to the corner as it is half cleared to the right inside channel. He lines up an ambitious strike, but can only send his effort over the bar.

14′ Guedes asks questions of the Barca defence and wins a corner off the legs of Dest.

13′ Griezmann takes one for the team as he trips Guedes on a brisk counter. The Frenchman is booked by the referee.

13′ Barca clear their lines and break down the right flank. Coutinho is played into space by Messi, but his low cross is repelled by Gabriel.

11′ Braithwaite catches Wass with a stray arm and hands Valencia a free-kick on the right flank.

9′ Diakhaby goes to clear the danger from a loose ball down the left flank. Busquets collides with the defender, and is awarded the free-kick by the linesman. However, the referee overrules his assistant to award Valencia the set-piece.

8′ Messi opens up the Valencia defence down the left flank, but Racic is on hand to divert Alba’s cross behind for a corner.

6′ Barca are piling men forward into the final third, but the visitors are absorbing the pressure at the moment.

4′ Cheryshev almost threads a pass through to Musah in the final third, but Ter Stegen is alert and gathers ahead of the winger.

3′ WIDE! Guedes is played into space down the left flank and he beats Araujo for pace. He cuts back inside to shoot on his right foot, but places his effort narrowly wide of the right post.

2′ Barca are trying to establish their possession game in the early stages of the contest.

1′ We’re underway at Camp Nou.

Barcelona have only lost one of their last eight LaLiga games against Valencia (W4 D3), losing the last one, 0-2 at Mestalla in January 2020.

Gracia made 10 changes during the week for the Copa del Rey and has now reverted back to his preferred LaLiga line-up. Gaya returns to the fold at left-back after missing the draw against Athletic Bilbao, while Cheryshev is given the nod ahead of Vallejo to start. Guedes pushes upfield to support Maxi Gomez in the final third.

Barcelona have made only one change to their side from their win over Sociedad during the week. De Jong drops out of the starting line-up and is replaced by Coutinho. Barca appear to be lining up with a four-man frontline behind Messi as the spearhead. Araujo and Mignueza continue to start ahead of Lenglet and Umtiti in the back four.

VALENCIA SUBS: Thierry Correira, Eliaquim Mangala, Ruben Sobrino, Lee Kang-In, Manu Vallejo, Jason, Cristian Rivero, Vicente Esquerdo, Koba Koindredi, Guillem Molina, Alex Blanco, Unai Etxebarria.

VALENCIA (4-4-2): Jaume Domenech; Daniel Wass, Gabriel Paulista, Mouctar Diakhaby, Jose Gaya; Yunus Musah, Carlos Soler, Uros Racic, Denis Cheryshev; Goncalo Guedes, Maxi Gomez.

BARCELONA SUBS: Carles Alena, Miralem Pjanic, Riqui Puig, Neto, Clement Lenglet, Trinaco, Matheus Fernandes, Frenkie de Jong, Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Konrad De la Fuente, Arnau Tenas.

BARCELONA (4-1-4-1): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergino Dest, Oscar Mingueza, Ronald Araujo, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets; Antoine Griezmann, Pedri, Philippe Coutinho; Martin Braithwaite; Lionel Messi.

Valencia required a heroic late comeback to beat third division Terrassa during the week in the Copa del Rey. Javi Gracia’s men were trailing 2-0 with 10 minutes to play after being reduced to 10 men, but goals from Carlos Soler and Yunus Musah forced extra-time before Goncalo Guedes notched a brace to send them through. The club are winless in their last four LaLiga matches since beating Real Madrid at the beginning of November. Valencia 14th in the table to begin the afternoon and need to find their form to distance themselves from the relegation zone. 

Barcelona have made up vital ground in LaLiga with back-to-back victories over the last week. Lionel Messi scored the only goal of the game to overcome Levante. Barca were then required to come from behind to defeat Real Sociedad, and were able to pull off a vital win courtesy of goals from Jordi Alba and Frenkie de Jong. The challenges keep on coming for Ronald Koeman’s men, but another victory would put them in contention at the top of the table.

Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of LaLiga clash between Barcelona and Valencia at Camp Nou.

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