Barcelona under their newly appointed coach, Quique Setien suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at the hands of Valencia at the Estadio de Mestalla at the weekend.
A Jordi Alba own goal and a Mazi Gomez strike in the second half were enough to give Valencia a well-deserved win and move to 5th place on the La Liga log standings and close the gap on 4th place Atlético Madrid to only a single point.
“I am happy to have helped the team, and we deserved this win. I hope that they give the first goal to mw instead of it being a Jordi Alba own goal. I am very happy about the goals and how the team played,” said Gomez who had earlier missed a penalty.
“There is a goalkeeper on the other side of the penalty equation, but thankfully I got my revenge in the second half,” added the Uruguayan striker.
It was a special night for Ezequiel Garay of Valencia as he marked his 200th La Liga appearance with a victory and stellar performance against log leaders Barcelona.
Barcelona star player Lionel Messi took 11 shots at goal, but the Valencia shot stopper Jaume Domenech was at his best as he kept Messi and Barcelona at bay throughout the full 90 minutes.
Second-placed Real Madrid now have an opportunity to move top of the La Liga log standings and open a 3-point gap as they take on Real Valladolid at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla on Sunday night.
By FARPost Reporter