A cracker from Jordi Alba extended Barcelona’s unbeaten run in La Liga against a revitalised Valencia side at the Mestalla.
However, Barca were unlucky not to come away with all three points, after Lionel Messi’s long-range effort was ruled out by referee Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva, despite clearly crossing the line.
The incident happened in the first-half, with Messi’s effort squirming past Neto and clearly behind the line before the ‘keeper pushed the ball out of the goal.
The ref, who was standing outside the box, waved play on, leaving the visiting players fuming.
To make matters worse for Barca, Rodrigo would open the scoring for Valencia on the hour-mark, via a close-range effort.
However, a superb effort from full-back Alba (from a magnificent Messi assist) would give the Catalans a share of the points.
Barca stay top, four points clear of Valenica, who look a very different side to the one who laboured so badly under Gary Neville not so long ago.