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First Division - Day 23

Sporting Gijón 1 - Barcelona 1

Sporting: Cuéllar; Sastre, Iván Hernández, Botía, José Angel; André Castro, Nacho Cases; Miguel De las Cuevas (Canella 60'), Nacho Novo (Carmelo 65'), Diego Castro (Bilic 87'); Barral. 4-2-3-1.
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani Alves, Piqué, Milito (Keita 65'), Maxwell; Xavi, Mascherano, Iniesta (Bojan 80'); Afellay (Pedro 46'), Messi, David Villa. 4-3-3.

1-0. 16. Barral. Cut past Piqué and Milito and beat Valdés with angled shot.
1-1. 80. Villa. Ran on to Messi through ball and lifted shot over head of Cuéllar.

Yellow cards: Barral 13', Mascherano 17', José Angel 35', Afellay 44', Pinto (sub) 61', Pedro 62', Xavi 75', Sastre 83', Valdés 86', Cuéllar 88'.

Barcelona's record run of 16 straight league wins has finally come to an end after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Sporting Gijón on Saturday. With many players returning from international duty, and a Champions League game at Arsenal coming up midweek, Guardiola made some changes to his line up. They found themselves on the back foot though early on, Miguel brushing the bar with a long shot before Barral cut in past Piqué and Abidal to open the scoring. After that the Asturians defended well, and only after Pedro came on at the break did the visitors cause any problems for Cuéllar, the keeper doing well to save from Xavi, Messi and Alves. With ten minutes to go though he could do nothing when ex Sporting striker David Villa latched on to Messi's through ball to chip a shot over his head in to the net, and Pedro could have won it when he turned Messi's cross just wide of the far post near the end.