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God knows what happened to Barcelona, they are struggling like never before. Now they are only 1 point clear after facing third successive defeat against Valencia at Camp Nou, 2-1.

Barcelona endured a nightmare first-half, with Ivan Rakitic diverting the ball past the despairing dive of Claudio Bravo after 26 minutes to give Valencia the lead, before Santi Mina stunned the Camp Nou with a second in first-half stoppage time.

Then Nightmare ended for Lionel Messi as he scored 500th goal for Argentina and Barcelona, but still he failed to find an equalizer.

A little more than a month prior Barca had a nine point lead at the highest point of the table, yet now Atletico Madrid are level on focuses with Barca and, astoundingly, Real Madrid are currently only one point behind, having appeared to be disheartened. Valencia are up to twelfth after their second win consecutively.

Barcelona missed a host of chances early on, as Diego Alves once again excelled in the Valencia goal. Messi was the first to be denied by Alves, who beat away his effort after being picked out by Luis Suarez.

It was looking ominous for Los Che, but this is a Barcelona side who are not the force prior to their El Clasico defeat, and soon enough the shockwaves were reverberating around Catalonia.

Guilherme Siqueira, on-loan at Valencia from title rivals Atletico, saw his attempted cross diverted goalwards by Rakitic, somewhat against the run of play, and Bravo could not keep it out - stunning the Camp Nou into silence.

The dissatisfaction was spilling out of Barca, with Luis Suarez reserved for challenging. At that point, it deteriorated. Dani Parejo was permitted space on the edge of the container to slide a heavenly go into the way of the onrushing Mina, who twisted the ball past Bravo to twofold his side's lead. Although Barca had good amount of possession but still they failed to break the defence of Valencia.

Messi did get his side back in it just after the hour mark. Jordi Alba did well to slide the ball across for the Argentine to tap home to end a personal lean spell of 515 minutes in front of goal.

Neymar, who had a quiet evening in truth, turned and drilled an effort at goal, but he had to do better than that to beat Alves in this mood.

Alves produced his best save of the night in the 75th minute to deny Rakitic, springing to his right to get a strong hand to the goalbound strike.

Valencia really had a few opportunities to ensure the triumph, with Paco Alcacer missing a superb open door late on, before Gerard Pique was offered the opportunity to be the saint, yet scraped his exertion wide from point-clear range.

Now the League is open for Madrid, Atletico and Barcelona let’s see If its Torres, Ronaldo of Messi who nails it for their club.


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