EUROZONE: Barcelona 2-3 Valencia match report and as it happened

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 weaknesses he will hope to expose when the two meet in the Champions League this month.

Click here for Pete Jenson's full match report.

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FULL-TIME: Barcelona 2-3 Valencia

Wow, how about that! On the strength of Barcelona's first half performance, in which they enjoyed 70 per cent possession, made about a dozen chances and took the lead through Alexis Sanchez, it's fair to say nobody saw that coming. Valencia equalises through Parejo on the stoke of half-time and Piatti put them in front shortly afterwards. Lionel Messi then converted a harshly-awarded penalty but Alcacer struck the decisive blow on 58 minutes to give Valencia a win that hands the initiative to the Madrid clubs in the title race.

90min - Last-gasp Messi chance

Pete Jenson: Messi just wide from Iniesta's back heel. Valencia look as if they are winning this.

89min - Barcelona running out of time

Time in very short supply for Barcelona if they want to avoid what would be a very damaging defeat in the title race. Since the sending off of Alba they've been playing with just three in defence, trying to bulldoze their way through.

78min - Jordi Alba sent off!

Pete Jenson: Deliberate foul from Jordi Alba blocking a counter attack and earning his second yellow. Barça's first red of the season. 

Meanwhile, Tello has been introduced for Cesc Fabregas. Desperate times for Barcelona now.

Then Mascherano is booked for handling the ball.


All the results are in from Germany:

Augsburg 3-1 Werder Bremen
Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Stuttgart
Hoffenheim 3-0 Hamburg
Mainz 2-0 Freiburg
Schalke 2-1 Wolfsburg

65min - Barcelona about to throw on Iniesta

Pete Jenson: Well this is different - a real contest in the Camp Nou. Barça so brilliant in the first half going forward have been undone by their own shortcomings at the back. On comes Iniesta.


Monaco are back on level terms a few minutes before half-time at Lorient. No Dimitar Berbatov involved today but Valere Germain has dragged Monaco back to 1-1.

GOAL! Barcelona 2 Valencia 3 (Alacer 58)

Pete Jenson: Feghouli pulls the back from the right byline and Alcacer shoots past Valdes unmarked.

What an incredible game this is...

Edging in front: Valencia celebrate their third goal at the Nou Camp

The goals are still flying in across Germany...

Bayer Leverkusen have taken a 2-1 lead against Stuttgart with just six minutes left - Eren Derdiyok with the goal.

Schalke are also 2-1 up against Wolfsburg, with Kevin-Prince Boateng netting with nine minutes left.

GOAL! Barcelona 2 (Lionel Messi pen 51) Valencia 2

Pete Jenson: Looks very harsh appearing to strike Costa on the shoulder, but referee ruled handball. Messi scores and becomes the fifth highest scorer in the history of La Liga with a grand total of 224 in 261 matches.

49min - Messi chance as Barcelona look to respond

Pete Jenson: Messi has a shot punched over by Diego Alves.

GOAL! Barcelona 1 Valencia 2 (Piatti 46)

Pete Jenson: Barcelona's weakness in the air exposed with Barragan's cross flicked on by Paco Alcacer and then headed in by Piatti who outjumps Alves - Piatti and Alcacer probably La Liga's smallest strikers. 

In front: Pablo Piatti celebrates after putting Valencia ahead just after half-time
SECOND HALF: Barcelona 1-1 Valencia

A goal of big significance in France, with title-chasing Monaco a goal down at Lorient. Vincent Aboubakar on target after 13 minutes of that one.


Well into the second half in the 2.30pm kick-offs in Germany and a few more goals to report.

Augsburg have taken control of their game with Werder Bremen and now lead 3-1 thanks to Halil Altintop and Andre Hahn.

Andreas Beck, meanwhile, has put Hoffenheim 3-0 up against Hamburg.

Wolfsburg are down to 10 men at Schalke, Daniel Caliguiri dismissed.

HALF-TIME: Barcelona 1-1 Valencia

Pete Jenson: Half time at the Camp Nou 1-1 with Valencia taking full advantage of their one real opportunity and Barcelona spurning all but one of theirs. 

GOAL! Barcelona 1 Valencia 1 (Parejo 44)

Pete Jenson: Barcelona are caught three against five at the back Parejo surges through and plays the ball out wide to Feghouli. He crosses from the right and Parejo, a former Real Madrid B player, turns the ball past Valdes. 

Shocked: Parejo celebrates his equaliser just before the break
38min - Costa misses a sitter for Valencia

Pete Jenson: Valencia have a corner. Valdes comes and gets nowhere near it and Costa somehow heads wide of the empty goal.

30min - It's defence vs attack as Barcelona continue to pour forward

Pete Jenson: Mathieu, who was linked with Barcelona in the summer, gives the ball straight to Messi who plays it to Xavi.

The midfielder picks out Pedro and from his pass to Messi, Diego Alves pushes another effort away for a corner.

It's defence against attack.

25min - Messi and Alves waste chances

Pete Jenson: Another shot from Messi is turned away for a corner and from Xavi's kick Alves shoots from distance but the ball goes just wide. 

Heading for victory? Alexis Sanchez tries to create another chance
22mins - Fine save denies Alexis header

Pete Jenson: Fabregas sends Pedro tearing down the left. His cross is headed back across Diego Alves by Alexis and the keeper makes a fine save.

Then Messi has a shot saved apologising afterwards to Jordi Alba who he should have passed to. 

21min - Messi magic leads to Alves chance as Barcelona continue to dominate

Pete Jenson: Mazy run and shot from Messi is blocked and the ball comes out to Xavi who finds Alves but the Barcelona full-back slices his shot well wide.

Running the show: Lionel Messi was rampant during the first half as Barcelona dominates possession and chances
19min - Alexis running the show as Busquets shoots over

Pete Jenson: Alexis wins a corner and Xavi's kick is eventually pulled back to Busquets whose shot just clears the bar.


Bad to worse for relegation-threatened Hamburg - they're two down against Hoffenheim thanks to Sule's goal a few moments before half-time.

It's the mid-way point there and, elsewhere, the other half-times are:

Augsburg 1-1 Werder Bremen
Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Stuttgart
Mainz 1-0 Freiburg
Schalke 1-0 Wolfsburg

13min - Chances at either end as the Nou Camp fills up

Pete Jenson: Busquets heads Xavi's corner over. Feghouli's shot is saved by Valdes.

Biggest excitement aside from the goal has been Pique not being allowed back on at the next stop in play after changing his boots.

Whistles for the referee after that. Camp Nou closer to two thirds full now maybe.

GOAL! Barcelona 1 (Alexis Sanchez 7) Valencia 0

Pete Jenson: The ball was flying around the Valencia penalty area like a pin ball. Fabregas and Pedro's wall pass broke down but the ball ran to Messi who played in Alexis at the back post. From the tightest of angles he scored over Diego Alves. 7 minutes up.

Early breakthrough: Alexis Sanchez celebrates his seventh minute goal for Barcelona
7min - Alexis denied by Valencia goalkeeper

Pete Jenson: Brave from Diego Alves to stop Alexis connecting with a long ball out from the back. He then saves from the Chilean again, who this time was in an offside position. 

Close combat: Alexis Sanchez is denied by the Valencia goalkeeper Alves
4min - Battle of the Alves!

Pete Jenson: Dani Alves tests Diego Alves in the Valencia goal with a cross that is held comfortably. Camp Nou half empty.

At the other end, Valdes gets his first touch on the ball catching a cross from Paco Alcacer. Pique has already slipped on the wet pitch.  


A couple more goals to report in the German top flight...

Mainz have taken a 23rd-minute lead against Freiburg through Park and Bayer Leverkusen have drawn level at home to Stuttgart courtesy of Kiessling.

Composure: Stefan Kiessling levels for Bayer Leverkusen against Stuttgart
KICK-OFF! Barcelona vs Valencia is underway at the Nou Camp

The two teams have observed a minute's silence for the late Luis Aragones, who led the Spanish national team to glory at Euro 2008, prior to kick-off.

Pete Jenson: Players gather in the centre-circle for the minutes silence for Luis Aragones. "One of the most loved Spanish men in football" says the stadium announcer.

Minute lasts about 20 seconds but it's perfectly you would expect.

Lots of players out on the pitch in Barça shirts whose careers were massively influenced by the former Spain boss.

Paying their respects: The Barcelona team during the minute's silence for Luis Aragones
Iniesta left on the bench for Barcelona... Game comes too soon for Senderos

Pete Jenson at the Camp Nou: Chinese New Year being celebrated on the pitch at the Camp Nou with a green and red dancing dragon.

Barça leave Iniesta on the bench, so it's Fabregas, Xavi and Busquets in midfield. Valencia's new signing Senderos not involved.

Happy New Year! The Chinese community in Barcelona celebrate the Chinese New Year with a dragon in front of the Sagrada Familia today

A few early goals in the German Bundesliga to report. The matches there kicked-off at 2.30pm UK time.

Werder Bremen drew first blood at Augsburg through a Callsen-Bracker own goal after just two minutes but the hosts levelled on 10 minutes through Werner.

Hoffenheim have taken an early lead against Hamburg, with Barbosa de Oliveira on target after only three minutes.

Schalke also have an early advantage at home to Wolfsburg - Santana with the eighth minute goal.

And Stuttgart lead at Bayer Leverkusen thanks to an 11th-minute strike from Leitner.

One-up: Schalke's Kevin-Prince Boateng heads the ball onto the shoulder of Felipe Santana leading to the opening goal
TEAM NEWS: Barcelona vs Valencia (3pm kick-off)

Barcelona: Valdes. Alba, Mascherano, Pique, Alves, Fabregas, Busquets, Hernandez, Pedro, Messi; Sanchez

Substitutes: Pinto, Iniesta, Bartra, Song, Tello, Adriano, Sergi Roberto

Valencia: Carreira, Bernat, Mathieu, Costa, Barragan, Jonas, Piatti, Parejo, Romeu, Feghouli, Alcacer

Substitutes: Guaita, Rubén Vezo, Jonas, Vargas, Michel, Fede, Portu

Hello and Welcome

Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of the opening match of the La Liga weekend as leaders Barcelona take on Valencia at the Camp Nou.

The title race in Spain couldn't be closer, with Barcelona tied on points with Atletico Madrid and a mere point ahead of Real Madrid.

Barcelona have an enviable 100 per cent record at home this season and are coming into the match off the back of wins against Levante in the Copa del Rey and Malaga in the league last weekend.

We'll also bring you updates from the Bundesliga and the Ligue 1 match between Lorient and Monaco as the goals go in.