Valencia: Guaita; Miguel, Adil Rami,
Víctor Ruíz, Jordi Alba; Albelda (Tino Costa 46'), Banega; Pablo
Hernández, Canales (Jonas 67'), Matieu (Piatti 60'); Soldado. 4-2-3-1.
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani Alves, Puyol (Thiago 63'), Mascherano, Abidal; Xavi, Busquets, Keita (Adriano 57'); Pedro (David Villa 57'), Messi, Cesc Fábregas. 4-3-3.
1-0. 12. Abidal (own goal). Turned Matieu cross in to own net trying to clear.
1-1. 14. Pedro. Picked up Messi pass and fired shot inside Guaita's near post.
2-1. 23. Pablo Hernández. Struck shot wide of Valdés from Matieu's cross.
2-2. 77. Fàbregas. Collected Messi pass and steered shot wide of Guaita.
Yellow cards: Rami 14', Soldado 36', Jonas 86', Mascherano 87' / red cards: Jordi Alba 92'.
Valencia stay top of the table pending Betis's game on Thursday after they held Barcelona to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday night, a result which maintains the two point gap over their opponents. With Alves playing further forward, Matieu took advantage to set up two goals from the left wing, the first a low cross which Abidal could only turn in to his own net. And after Pedro had equalised two minutes later from Messi's assist, the French wing back centred for Pablo Hernández to beat Valdés for a second time. Rami (already booked) was lucky to be let off a possible penalty on Messi a few minutes before Pablo's goal, but the locals could have had a penalty themselves when Puyol blocked the ball with his arm inside the area. Shortly before half time Soldado somehow failed to turn the ball in to the net from a yard out following another Matieu cross, and after the restart the striker wasted another chance from Pablo's centre. But Mascherano hit the bar and Guaita had to be at his best to save from Villa and Messi and with twelve minutes to go Fàbregas made it all square again from another Messi pass, his fourth goal in as many games in the league. There was still time for Villa to test Guaita again and for Messi to have another claim for a penalty rejected, and right at the end Jordi Alba was shown a red card for something he said to a linesman. But a draw was a fair result, and the Ches have shown that they will be a hard team to beat this season.