Barcelona FC lost 2-1 to Valencia last night, a club which earlier in this season lost 7-0 to Barcelona.
This is a third consecutive defeat for Barcelona; this has really shocked the world of football. The defeat means that the Catalan side has blown their sizable La Liga lead, with Atletico Madrid drawing level on points with them, garnering 76 in 33 games.
An early own goal from Ivan Rakitic in the 26th minute set the cat among the pigeons, as the small travelling contigent of Valencia fans could not believe their own luck as Los Che took the lead. It went pear shaped for Barcelona at the stroke of half-time, as Santi Mina scored the second goal after a move that seemed reminiscent of the much vaunted Barcelona said, only this was Valencia that went 2-0 ahead.
Lionel Messi scored his 500th career goal to reduce the deficit after 64 minutes but the struggling hosts, who have squandered a nine-point lead, could not find an equaliser.
Bacerlona coach, Luis Enrique remained optimistic about his team’s chances of winning the title. “We’ve got a marvellous challenge, if we win the five games remaining we will be champions,” he said.
“We were better than Valencia in every aspect apart from effectiveness. We’ve dropped three points that we could have taken fairly but football is like that,” added Luis Enrique.