First Division - Day 13

Barcelona 0 - Valladolid 0

Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Reiziger, Puyol, Cocu, Van Bronckhorst; Quaresma, Xavi, Motta (Luis Enrique 68'), Luis García (Overmars 76'); Saviola, Kluivert. 4-4-2.
Valladolid: Bizzarri; Torres Gómez, Julio César, Jonathan, Marcos; Jesús, Sousa (Ricchetti 88'); Fernando Sales, Oscar González (Caminero 46'), Zapata; Makukula (Pachón 92'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Barça: Reiziger, Quaresma, Saviola for Gabri, Márquez, Sergio Santamaría / Valladolid: Jonathan for Peña.

Goals: None.

Barcelona missed out on a chance to move back into the top four when they were held in the Nou Camp to a disappointing 0-0 draw by Valladolid. In the absence of Ronaldinho, Kluivert and Saviola played together up front, but they were lacking that vital spark to bear a confident Bizzarri. Kluivert had the best chance of the first half, working his way through the defence but then failing to find the target when it mattered, and Saviola shot just wide before the break and then missed another occasion after the break when Quaresma set him up.

The closest Barça came to scoring though was when Van Bronckhorst crashed a shot against the post from outside of the area, but they were frustrated by the well ordered defence, even when Rijkaard went for broke and threw on Luis Enrique and then Overmars later on. Valladolid had hardly troubled Víctor Valdés all match, just a couple of efforts from Fernando Sales and Makukula before the break, but Makukula almost won it for the visitors in the dying moments when he headed wide of the goal with only the keeper to beat.