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Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Barcelona set new La Liga unbeaten record with victory over Valencia

Barcelona set new La Liga unbeaten record with victory over Valencia

Luis Suarez opened the scoring in the 15th minute, and Samuel Umtiti made it 2-0 in the 51st.

"The value of these three points is great, they are three points of gold", Valverde said.

Lionel Messi was inactive for much of the first half but grew into the game in the second, narrowly volleying over the bar and fizzing a shot just wide after tearing through the Valencia defence.

Marcelino's Champions League hopefuls got a goal back through Parejo's late penalty but could not complete the turnaround, ensuring Barca surpassed the previous record of 38 games unbeaten that they shared with Real Sociedad in winning fashion.

The Catalans have now gone over a year since they lost a league game - against Malaga - and extended their lead at the top of the table to 14 points, with second placed Atletico Madrid in action on Sunday. Philippe Coutinho made an inch-perfect through ball into the path of Suarez six yards out, and the Uruguayan struck it past Neto into the bottom right corner of the net.

Valencia responded well, though, Guedes seeing a low striker saved by Ter Stegen before firing a deflected effort just wide after picking up a loose ball in the Barca box.

The miss proved costly.

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.

Captain Dani Parejo pulled a goal back for third-placed Valencia by squeezing an 87th-minute penalty under Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Barcelona have set a new La Liga record of 39 consecutive games unbeaten thanks to Saturday's 2-1 win over Valencia.

- Luis Suarez has scored 10 goals versus Valencia in all competitions, more than against any other club since he joined Barcelona.

Despite their exertions in Rome, Valverde resisted the temptation to rest key players, with Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho coming in for Ivan Rakitic and Nelson Semedo.

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