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Barcelona vs Valencia, full-time: HOW THE HELL DID BARÇA WIN THIS GAME???

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FULL-TIME, Barcelona 2-1 Valencia: HOW????????? We didn’t deserve to win this one, and Valencia absolutely dominated us for 90 minutes. But somehow we pull it off and stay unbeaten in the league. Valverde, you lucky bastard.


GOAL, Barcelona 2-1 Valencia (Parejo 87’): Late drama at Camp Nou! Valencia get a penalty and Dani Parejo steps up, takes a bad one but the ball slips just under Marc-André ter Stegen and Los Che are still alive in this one. Oh boy.


GOAL! Barcelona 2-0 Valencia (Umtiti 51’): SAMMY!!!!!!! After a really bad mistake on defense that nearly led to a Valencia goal, Umtiti redeems himself with a strong header on a corner to double Barça’s lead! It’s now two assists for Coutinho, and two goals for the Blaugrana!


HALF-TIME, Barcelona 1-0 Valencia: How the hell are we winning this game? The only bit of good play from Barça was the goal, and that’s it. The rest of the half has been dominated by Valencia, who have created chances both on the counter and with long sequences of possession. Gonçalo Guedes is burning Sergi Roberto on the right, and he’ll score in the second half if there’s no adjustment from Valverde on that. Also, Marc-André ter Stegen is an extraordinary goalkeeper. Three incredible saves in the half are the reason why Barça have a clean sheet so far. I love you, MATS.


GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Valencia (Suárez 15’): Big start for the home team! Nice work of possession and Philippe Coutinho finds Luis Suárez for the opener! Hasn’t been the best of starts, but the nerves have been settled early.


KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Valencia: Don’t give me a heart attack, boys!


LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Coutinho, Paulinho, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez

Substitutes: Cillessen, Vermaelen, Semedo, Denis, Gomes, Dembélé, Alcácer

VALENCIA

Starting XI: Neto; Vezo, Garay, Gabriel, Gayà; Soler, Parejo, Kondogbia, Guedes; Rodrigo, Santi Mina

Substitutes: Jaume, Murillo, Lato, Maksimovic, Pereira, Vietto, Zaza


Wait, we have a game today? I thought that Fútbol Club Barcelona was shut down after the loss in Rome! So life does go on after bad losses? That’s interesting!

And wait, we have a chance to beat one of the best teams in La Liga at home and continue our journey to win the league title? That’s interesting!

This game will be interesting! And fun! And you can follow Barça and Valencia with us right here! Keep hitting that refresh and let’s have some fun! Life is still good!

(Editor’s note: Because of the size of our community, the comments could max out pretty quickly, especially on big games like today. So the comments will stay closed until about an hour before kickoff, when the lineups come out. Join us then!)


MATCH INFO

Competition/Round: 2017-18 La Liga, Matchday 32

Date/Time: Saturday, April 14th, 2018, 4.15pm CET, 3.15pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 10.15am EST, 7.15am PST (USA), 7.45pm IST (India)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India), others

How to stream: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)


Matchday Thread Rules

We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:

Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, no swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do will be warned, and those who post links will be banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.

Have fun with the game! VISCA EL BARÇA!