Record-breaking Barca revived after defeating Valencia

Lynette Rowe
April 15, 2018

Barcelona set a La Liga record as they extended their unbeaten run to 39 games.

They are also seven points away from winning the title after provisionally stretching their lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid (68 points) to 14 points.

Valencia are among the sides to have troubled Barca this season, having coming within eight minutes of beating them in December before the sides drew 1-1. But Luis Suarez put the hosts in front in the 15th minute, latching onto Philippe Coutinho's defence-splitting pass and placing the ball into the bottom-right corner past Neto.

The Spanish champions-elect will also be consoled by the thought that their bitter rivals Real Madrid are now languishing in fourth place in La Liga.

Guedes forced Marc-Andre ter Stegen to claw away a fine strike during a sluggish opening spell from Barca, but Suarez soon had the fans on their feet.

Barca's goalkeeper has been excellent this season and he was kept busy as Valencia attacked, saving again from Rodrigo two minutes before half time.

Barcelona picked up from where they left off in the first half as defender Samuel Umtiti rose highest to head home a Coutino's corner in the 51st minute.

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Dani Parejo came close with a 35-yard free-kick but captain Andres Iniesta could have made it 3-0, with Neto reacting well to parry his volley from Lionel Messi's cross.

Barcelona have set a new La Liga record of 39 consecutive games unbeaten thanks to Saturday's 2-1 win over Valencia.

'This was already a very important game and after the defeat to Roma even more so. We're sorry for what happened.

Does that win secure the title?

'We know we failed the other day but we have important things to win this season'.

Barca have reached the Copa del Rey final, where they face Sevilla next Saturday in Madrid, a game which could see the Catalans come closer to a domestic double.

The Catalan giants are now six unbeaten games away from becoming the first LaLiga side to complete a 38-game invincible season.

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