Messi scored twice to secure Barcelona a point from losing position

Barcelona 2-2 Valencia

Lionel Messi scored twice from 2-0 down to draw at home against great performance from Valencia in La Liga.

The visitors started on a front foot as Stegen Parejo forced an early save from Barcelona keeper, Marc-Andre Ter then Denis Cheryshev hit the far post with a low drive.

Barcelona on the other hand had an early penalty appeal waved away after Nelson Semedo’s shot appeared to be blocked by the arm of former Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista.

Then Kevin Gameiro scored the opener for Valencia, leading up to the goal Messi was dispossessed in a collision that looked like a foul but referee waved, this ensued a counter-attack which led to the goal.

Before Daniel Parejo doubled their lead from the penalty spot, after Sergi Roberto pushed Daniel Was in the area.

Lionel Messi scored his first from the spot to get Barcelona back into the game. It was a soft penalty but VAR agreed with the referee’s decision.

Despite Valencia looking dangerous, forcing a save twice, it was Messi who scored the second goal with a curling shot from the edge of the box in the 64th minute to earn the Spanish champions a point.

Atletico Madrid face Real Betis on Sunday in a bid to close the gap to leaders Barcelona to three points with a win.

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