MATCH CENTRE

SUN 01 SEPTEMBER 2013, 21:00, MESTALLA

2
VS
3

Messi nets three in thriller

by Staff Reporter

Sun September 01, 23:28

Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and Helder Postiga got two for his side, as Barcelona beat Valencia 3-2 in a Spanish La Liga thriller.

Valencia were 3-0 down at one stage, but fought back brilliantly. However, it was not enough as Barcelona held on to their perfect record and re-claimed the top spot.

Lionel Messi got things going for Barcelona in the 11th minute, breaking free as he collected a through ball from Cesc Fábregas, before an easy finish.

Then Fabregas found Messi with plenty of space to run into. The Argentine striker fought off a challenge from Adil Rami and beat Alves with a shot inside the far post.

Messi was back again in the 41st minute finishing off a fantastic cross from Neymar for a first half hat trick.

But Hélder Postiga singly handily dragged Valencia back into the match, scoring twice in stoppage time to make it 3-2 at the break.

The first goal in the 45th minute was brilliant as Postiga unleashed a perfect scissor kick finish off a cross from João Pereira.

Three minutes later Postiga rose above the Barcelona defence and headed an Ever Banega corner kick.

Valencia continued to look dangerous and dominated the opening 15 minutes of the second half. But, unfortunately for them, they just couldn't find the needed third goal and Barca finally began to settle.

Pedro had two excellent chances to push the lead back to two goals but he wasted both.

 

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE MESTALLA
VALENCIA GOALS BARCELONA GOALS
9. Helder Postiga (45') 10. Lionel Messi (11')
9. Helder Postiga (45') 10. Lionel Messi (39')
10. Lionel Messi (41')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 3
VALENCIA STARTING LINEUP BARCELONA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
4
Defender
65'
22
Defender
17'
12
Defender
3
Defender
20
14
Midfielder
18
Defender
29'
18
Midfielder
68'
10
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
80'
4
Midfielder
82'
24
Midfielder
24
Midfielder
68'
23
Forward/Striker
11'
39'
41'
10
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
74'
90'
11
Forward/Striker
45'
45'
9
Forward/Striker
71'
7
SUBSTITUTIONS
Sofiane Feghouli
Midfielder
68'
8
Cristian Tello
Forward/Striker
71'
20
Jonas
Forward/Striker
68'
7
Jonathan Dos Santos
Midfielder
80'
12
Dani Parejo
Midfielder
82'
21
Sergio Busquets
Midfielder
90'
16
CARDS
Joao Pereira
Defender
17'
12
Jordi Alba
Defender
29'
18
Dani Alves
Defender
65'
22
Neymar Júnior
Forward/Striker
74'
11
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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