Barca records 39 La Liga games unbeaten!

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Barcelona were now knocking the ball around with their usual swagger but they were stopped in their tracks five minutes from time when a poor challenge from Ousmane Dembele on Parejo gave Valencia a penalty.

Barcelona, which play Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final next weekend, opened up a 14-point gap over second-place Atletico Madrid before the latter's game against Levante on Sunday.

Valencia are among the sides to have troubled Barca this season, having coming within eight minutes of beating them in December before the sides drew 1-1.

Four minutes after Barca's opener, Rodrigo Moreno took advantage of a defensive mix-up to strike a shot which Andre Ter Stegen pushed onto the crossbar with his left hand.

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The two goals aside, the league leaders were kept relatively quiet as an attacking force.

Barca were two up six minutes after the restart when Samuel Umtiti beat Gabriel Paulista to head a Coutinho corner down past Neto in the visitors' goal.

Valencia's belief was dwindling and two acrobatic volleys, from Lionel Messi and then Andres Iniesta, nearly added a spectacular third, as the first flew just over and the second was parried by Neto.

"We played a good match today, too bad we were missing our finishing touch", Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral said. We knew that the fans were angry and we were also hurting. We're sorry for what happened.

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"The sensation is that we have failed, that we have disappointed the supporters but we have to look forward and not lose sight of what we can still achieve this season".

Rivaldo, who won the Champions League for the first time a year after leaving Barca for AC Milan, was saddened to see his old club crash out but believes the game will benefit.

Valverde admitted that Messi was devastated by the loss although he urged the five-time Ballon d'Or victor to put the disappointment behind him and do his utmost to ensure that they win La Liga and Copa del Rey titles.

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