Ander Herrera, in the 19th minute, breaks Víctor Valdés’ historic unbeaten streak
Barça’s impressive run of nine games without conceding a goal came to an end tonight in San Mamés
After 896 minutes without conceding a goal, Víctor Valdés had to fish the ball out from the back of the net. It was in the 19th minute when Ander Herrera beat the Barça goalkeeper, thus breaking his unbeaten streak. Despite conceding the goal, Valdés is now the keeper that has gone the longest without conceding a goal in Barça’s history.
First he breaks his own record, Reina’s after
On October 22nd in the Liga game against Seville, Valdés bested his previous unbeaten record. During that game the Barça keeper broke his own record of 577 minutes. That wasn’t enough for Valdés as he added clean sheet after clean sheet to his already mounting tally of goalless matches. His unbroken consistency meant that when he went up against Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday, he was able to break Miguel Reina’s legendary record, who until that point held up Barça’s all-time unbeaten record. Valdés not only broke Reina’s long standing record of 824 minutes, but shattered it with an impressive 896 minutes without conceding a goal. Valdés’ streak came to an end in Bilbao, a streak that started after Pablo Hernández scored in the 23rd minute in the game against Valencia.
Nine games without conceding
With Athletic Club’s two goals tonight in San Mamés, FC Barcelona sees its nine games without conceding a goal streak come to an end. Atlético Madrid, BATE Borisov, Sporting, Racing, FC Viktoria, Seville, Granada, Mallorca, and FC Viktoria once again, all failed to overcome Valdés.