Brilliant Messi nets brace as Barcelona,Valencia share spoils at Camp Nou

Suarez wants new Barcelona deal for Valverde

Lionel Messi is a doubt for Wednesday's Copa del Rey Clasico semi-final at home to Real Madrid after sustaining a thigh injury in the 2-2 draw with Valencia.

"We'll wait to see what the doctors say, then evaluate things based on that".

The "fifth best player in the world" bagged a brace against Valencia after the league leaders went 2-0 in the first 30 minutes, with goals for the away side coming from Kevin Gameiro and Dani Parejo.

Valencia had two golden chances to make the breakthrough in the first three minutes, but Parejo saw his close-range effort saved by Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, before Denis Cheryshev smashed the rebound off the post.

It was Messi's 20th league goal of the season and the ninth consecutive match in which he's found the net, across all competitions.

In the 37th Barcelona were awarded their own penalty after Semedo was fouled by Latorre.

Valencia coach Marcelino looked on the positive side despite allowing a two-goal lead to slip.

Camp Nou was silenced once again in the 31st minute, however, when Roberto conceded a penalty for bundling into the back of Wass.

More news: Proteas take series with comfortable win at Newlands

Sergi Roberto hit the post and Messi nearly equalised with a superb volley on the run as Barcelona began to dominate.

Valencia lost Gameiro to injury shortly after when the striker asked to be substituted after being shaken up when he knocked heads with Gerard Pique.

Little did it matter that the team's all-time leading scorer had just struck two goals to lead Barcelona back from a two-goal deficit to secure a 2-2 draw.

"We played at a good pace, counterattacked well, scored twice and could have scored more", Parejo said.

Barca fans have a taste for comebacks and they started the second half with Messi immediately threatening at goal.

Barcelona couldn't find a victor and Alba kicked the ball away in frustration at the final whistle, as they dropped their first points in La Liga since a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid in November.

Fourth-placed Sevilla have won only one of their past six league games.

Related News:

  • MMA fighter captured after escaping custody during transport from MI  to Texas

    MMA fighter captured after escaping custody during transport from MI to Texas

    But Sunday, when he escaped a van in Conroe, Montgomery County officials notified the public he has three pending murder charges. April Pease , Marks' ex-girlfriend and mother of a son, was reported missing March 17, 2009, according to The Charley Project.
    City change shape after defeat, Ozil dropped for Arsenal

    City change shape after defeat, Ozil dropped for Arsenal

    The Gunners were never expected to be busy in the January transfer window, with Unai Emery revealing that he had no funds to spend .
    Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring

    Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring

    According to members of the Groundhog Club, Phil, after making the prediction, chatters to the club's president in "Groundhogese". The festivities have their origin in a German legend that says if a furry rodent casts a shadow on February 2, winter continues.
  • Plane crashes into California house killing five

    Plane crashes into California house killing five

    Pat Rogers, who lives about a mile from the crash site, told the Orange County Register he saw the plane on fire and coming apart. Five people were killed and two others were injured after a plane crashed into an Orange County home, officials said.
    Heat's Dwyane Wade named to 2019 NBA All-Star team

    Heat's Dwyane Wade named to 2019 NBA All-Star team

    Wade, a Miami Heat mainstay, has said this will be his final season, calling this year "one last dance". He was also the 2006 NBA Finals MVP and 2008-09 scoring champion.
    Intel: How McConnell is forcing Democrats to side with Trump on Syria

    Intel: How McConnell is forcing Democrats to side with Trump on Syria

    The Senate voted 68-23 to advance nonbinding legislation warning against a "precipitous withdrawal" from Syria and Afghanistan . A final vote on the amendment could come next week. "This is being used against us right now", Rubio said.
  • Recent outbreak brings rash of tips to combat spread of measles

    Recent outbreak brings rash of tips to combat spread of measles

    Five cases' immunization statuses are unverified and one case was vaccinated - though with only one of the recommended two doses. The best protection against measles is the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella viruses.
    Nintendo announces free-to-play Dr Mario game for mobile

    Nintendo announces free-to-play Dr Mario game for mobile

    That was well above the 149 billion yen average of 11 analyst estimates compiled by Refinitiv. Development is under way by Nintendo and LINE, with support from NHN Entertainment.
    Brexit: Brussels opens door for talks on backstop

    Brexit: Brussels opens door for talks on backstop

    Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn said his lawmakers would support amendments meant to "block a disastrous no-deal". She also refused to rule out the prospect of resigning in order to vote against the Cooper amendment .
  • Former Packers DE Julius Peppers retires after 17 seasons

    Former Packers DE Julius Peppers retires after 17 seasons

    The defensive end also played for the Chicago bears , and the Green Bay packers , before returning to the Panthers in 2017. He founded the Julius Peppers Hurricane Relief Fund and donated $100,000 to Hurricane Florence relief this past September.
    Huawei foldable smartphone with 5G technology coming February 24

    Huawei foldable smartphone with 5G technology coming February 24

    The smartphone has dual displays - the smaller one is on the outer cover , whereas the larger, foldable display is on the inside. A series of renders earlier this week (see the top image) proposed exactly the same design for Huawei's foldable smartphone .
    Heavy snow to push across Upper Midwest, bitter cold follows

    Heavy snow to push across Upper Midwest, bitter cold follows

    Madison, Wis., set a daily record low of 23 degrees below zero on early Saturday - the coldest morning since February 3, 1996. More than 200 flights at Chicago's Midway International Airport were canceled, but only about seven flights were delayed.


Most liked

Bow Wow Sent To Jail After Fight With A Woman In Atlanta
Bow Wow spoke to someone on video after being arrested following an apparent fight with a woman, but the rapper refused to talk about it.

Every Super Bowl Winner & MVP From Past 52 Years!
If the Patriots do win on Sunday, New England haters will point to this very moment to signal that the Super Bowl was rigged. On a recent broadcast, NFL Network accidentally aired a commercial selling New England Patriots Super Bowl champion garb.

Fake university used as sting to catch phony foreign students
This has been done to restrict the movement of the students, while federal agents probe their immigration status, sources said. In New Delhi , Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "We are aware about this incident".

Sarri pleads for patience time amid talk of Chelsea crisis
Asked if he had received assurances from a club not known for their patience, Sarri added: "I don't mind, because I am a dreamer". The Italian manager claimed after the loss to Arsenal last month that his players were "difficult to motivate".

Ariana Grande Tried To Fix Her Tattoo, But Just Made It Worse
After this was pointed out by fans, Ari defended the tatt, writing in a now-deleted tweet that it "still [looked] tight". Grande, for what it's worth, seems to be taking the criticism in stride, poking fun at her mistakes along the way.

Interim Budget 2019's Rural Push, Tax Sops Spells Cheer For Auto Industry
There will also be no tax on notional rent on the second self-occupied house and no TDS on house rent up to Rs 2.4 lakh. The standard deduction for salaried persons raised from Rs 40,000 rupees to Rs 50,000.

Cory Booker declares United States presidential bid
In a crowded field, Mr Booker will be pressed to convince Democratic voters he's the one to take them to the promised land. Booker is an advocate of Medicare for all, raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour and a job guarantee program .

Donald Trump: 'The chant should be now finish the wall'
A bipartisan, bicameral conference committee met Wednesday to try to hash out a border deal, but didn't arrive at an agreement. It would also freeze the number of border patrol agents and block any wall construction in wildlife refuges along the border.

Luka Doncic makes history with latest triple-double
Dallas Mavericks undoubtedly have been very great in their game scoring three major wins from the eight games they scored. Wesley Matthews of the Dallas Mavericks is now the first and only undrafted player to nail 1,500 career 3-pointers.

Unemployment Rate Highest In 45 Years, Reveals Stalled Report | Read
Some sociologists say that there are instances of a correlation between high unemployment and an increase in criminal behaviour. "The confusion is being created by those using a job report which has been leaked, and it has not been finalised", he added.

Russian hackers 'stole Mueller inquiry evidence'
That's according to a court filing from prosecutors Wednesday in the case against Concord Management and Consulting LLC. Prosecutors say they do not oppose allowing Concord's corporate officers to see the evidence.

LeBron James (groin) 'looks good' at Lakers shootaround, officially out Tuesday
But the Lakers were unable to sign another star and while they were engaged in trade talks for Kawhi Leonard , refused to part with their young talent to acquire him.

Chelsea agree deal with West Ham - and want to sell to Everton
Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has reportedly agreed terms with Crystal Palace over a permanent move to Selhurst Park. The striker has failed to impress while on loan at Valencia and could now move elsewhere in Spain or return to London.

Liverpool 1-1 Leicester City: 5 Talking Points | Premier League 2018-19
The right-back nearly immediately removed the tweet, but not quick enough for Twitter users, many of whom managed to screenshot the questionable post.

Guardiola - Manchester City 'need everybody' to win; Mendy has swelling
"It was not about us, it was about them - they have elite players and they are so clinical", Dyche said . I woke up today and we play Everton in between, so I can not give them days off'.