Spain-ALSHARQIYA May 3 : Lionel Messi led a quick uprising from Barcelona to reverse his delay with a goal to win 3-2 at Valencia on Sunday, and to continue competing for the Spanish Football League title.
Barcelona were behind in the 50th minute when Gabriel Paulista headed a corner kick into the empty net after goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen fell while trying to get out to deal with the cross pass.
The Catalans' reaction, which missed the opportunity to take the lead when it lost 2-1 to Granada, last Thursday, was strong and won the penalty kick after a handball by Valencia's Tony Latou.
Jesper Selsen saved the kick from his former teammate Messi, but the ball rebounded to the Argentine player to put it in the net in the 57th minute.
Six minutes later, Antoine Griezmann put Barcelona ahead when he followed up on the rebound from Celsen after Frenkie Diung's header.
And Messi appeared to be within Barcelona's victory when he concluded the goals with a free kick that hit the post into the goal in the 69th minute, raising his tally to 28 goals in the league this season.
But Valencia revived their hopes when Carlos Soler narrowed the gap with a powerful shot from long range seven minutes from time.
The homeowner, who drew 2-2 at Barcelona in December, put their hosts under tremendous pressure in the final minutes and squandered two chances to tie but Ronald Koeman's side held out to emerge victorious.