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Barcelona find no way past valiant Valencia

Published: Sunday 3 February 2013, 23.00CET
FC Barcelona drew 1-1 with Valencia CF to drop Liga points for only the third time this term, allowing Club Atlético de Madrid to move within nine by beating Real Betis Balompié 1-0.
Barcelona find no way past valiant Valencia
Tino Costa of Valencia holds Barcelona's Cesc Fàbregas at bay ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 3 February 2013, 23.00CET

Barcelona find no way past valiant Valencia

FC Barcelona drew 1-1 with Valencia CF to drop Liga points for only the third time this term, allowing Club Atlético de Madrid to move within nine by beating Real Betis Balompié 1-0.

Valencia CF became only the third side this season to take Liga points off FC Barcelona by earning a 1-1 draw at Mestalla, which allowed Club Atlético de Madrid to close the gap by beating Real Betis Balompié 1-0.

Éver Banega put Valencia in front with an excellent effort on 33 minutes, controlling a dropping ball from a headed clearance before rifling a low shot beyond Víctor Valdés. His side were not ahead for long, however, as Lionel Messi's powerful penalty – his 34th Liga goal of the campaign – pulled the Blaugrana level six minutes later, after João Pereira had felled Pedro Rodríguez.

The second half brought no further goals, but Valencia came closest, with only a stunning save from Valdés denying Roberto Soldado in the closing moments.

Meanwhile, substitute Diego Costa's header from a second-half corner helped second-placed Atlético overcome a stubborn Real Betis Balompié. The capital side now lie nine points shy of the leaders.

Also on Sunday, Isco cancelled out Hélder Postiga's classy opener as Málaga CF drew 1-1 at home against Real Zaragoza, while Álvaro Negredo hit the winner as Sevilla FC triumphed 2-1 at home against Rayo Vallecano de Madrid. Lastly, Real Sociedad de Fútbol eased to a 3-0 home win against an RCD Mallorca side that was reduced to ten men midway through the first half.

Last updated: 04/02/13 0.42CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 19/02/2013 21:39 CET

03/02/2013

Real SociedadReal Sociedad3-0MallorcaMallorca

Gonzalo Castro 55, Vela 70, Ifrán 88

Venue: San Sebastian

03/02/2013

AtléticoAtlético1-0BetisBetis

Diego Costa 61

Venue: Madrid

03/02/2013

ValenciaValencia1-1BarcelonaBarcelona

Éver Banega 33

Messi 39 (P)

Venue: Valencia

03/02/2013

SevillaSevilla2-1Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano

Rakitić 45+2, Negredo 54

Domínguez 51 (P)

Venue: Sevilla

03/02/2013

MálagaMálaga1-1ZaragozaZaragoza

Isco 23 (P)

Hélder Postiga 13

Venue: Malaga

02/02/2013

GranadaGranada1-0Real MadridReal Madrid

Ronaldo 22 (o.g.)

Venue: Granada

02/02/2013

EspanyolEspanyol3-2LevanteLevante

Iborra 41 (o.g.), Stuani 67, Sergio García 69

Rubén García 47, Martins 87

Venue: Barcelona

02/02/2013

GetafeGetafe3-1DeportivoDeportivo

Diego Castro 25 (P), Álvaro Vázquez 81, Adrián Colunga 84

Pizzi 12 (P)

Venue: Madrid

02/02/2013

OsasunaOsasuna1-0CeltaCelta

Armenteros 55

Venue: Pamplona

01/02/2013

ValladolidValladolid2-2AthleticAthletic

Guerra 8, Alberto Bueno 15

De Marcos 22, Susaeta 50

Venue: Valladolid

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