Lionel Messi saves Barça once again against Valencia

FC Barcelona hardly defeated Valencia (3-2) on Sunday for the 34th day of La Liga, and comes back to the level of Real Madrid in the standings, two points behind the leader, Atlético Madrid (76 pts) .

Three days after the home defeat against Granada (2-1), the Catalans yielded the first on a goal from Gabriel Paulista’s header from a corner (50th), before Lionel Messi equalized seven minutes later, at the resumption of his missed penalty (57th).

Antoine Griezmann put his people back in front (63rd), before Messi’s double, on a majestic direct free kick (70th). Carlos Soler reduced the score for Valencia (83rd), with a superb long shot.

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