Barcelona denied by late equaliser

Valencia earned a valuable 1-1 draw against Spanish giants Barcelona on Saturday thanks to a late equaliser from youngster Santi Mina.

Valencia 1-1 Barcelona
Barca dominate first half
Chances for Messi, Neymar and Suarez
Suarez puts Barca up after the break
Mina scores late equaliser

Match Summary

Barca looked dangerous in the first half, with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez all creating chances, though none were converted.

Valencia continued to hold out after the break, but the deadlock was finally broken in the 59th minute, as Suarez latch onto a lofted pass from Messi and fired the ball into the back of the net.

Barcelona looked to have all but secured victory as the clock wound down, but Santi Mina grabbed a late equaliser four minutes from time to snatch a dramatic draw for his side.

Full Report

Valencia held off the Barca stars for the entirety of the first half as Gary Neville watched on in the stands.

The visitors started brightly, with Luis Suarez crossing for Lionel Messi, who volleyed over the crossbar.

Neymar also fired over early after a superb Suarez through ball split the defence as Valencia continued to hang on.

The home side improved somewhat as the first half progressed, though Barcelona continued to look threatening.

Neymar left a couple of defenders for dead and passed it to Messi, but the Argentine sent his effort straight into goalkeeper Jaume Domenech from close range.

Valencia thought they had a penalty when Gerard Pique appeared to bring down Enzo Perez in the box, but the referee waved play on.

There was one more solid chance for Suarez before the end of the half after some good work from Neymar teed him up, but his volley shaved the crossbar.

Valencia continued to hold out after the break, but the deadlock was finally broken in the 59th minute, as Suarez escaped the offside trap to latch onto a lofted pass from Messi and fire past Jaume Domenech in goal, despite the attentions of Aymen Abdennour.

With time running out, Barca looked on course to collect all three points, but Valencia would snatch a dramatic equaliser four minutes from time.

A long ball did the trick, with Paco Alcácer controlling the ball brilliantly on the edge of the box before squaring it to Santi Mina, who smashed his shot past Claudio Bravo in goal.

Messi had a couple of late chances to secure victory, but couldn't convert either of them and Barcelona had to settle for a point.

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