Valencia Hands Barcelona First Defeat Of The Year

Lionel Messi

Barcelona has been handed their first defeat of the year by Valencia during their domestic league clash at the Mestalla stadium on Saturday.

The Spanish champions started the match on the front note and should have opened the scoring in the first half after their talisman was put through on goal only for a last-ditch clearance to thwart his effort.

Jordi Alba who only returned to fitness recently then gifted Valencia the opener after bundling into his own net.

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Maxi Gomez then added a second deep into the second half to make the scoreline 2-0.