What a win for Valencia. They had the better of the chances and despite chasing the ball for much of the match held firm at the back. Barcelona were poor. Setien will have a lot to reflect on after this. They just didn't create enough in the final third. It's been the same story in each of their last three games.
- 2nd Half
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- 1st Half
Valencia CF - FC Barcelona
Liga - 25 January 2020
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- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Valencia 2-0 Barcelona
PICTURE: Valencia deserve their win.
Messi freekick... atrocious! That's the fourth freekick effort the Barcelona number 10 has had right on the edge of the box and that's it's worst of the lot as the ball balloons over the crossbar.
There will be four minutes of stoppage time played at the end of the match.
- OffCarlos SolerValencia CF
- OnRubén SobrinoValencia CF
Off comes Soler and the Valencia midfielder gets a standing ovation from the home supporters.
Time is running out for Barcelona and it doesn't look like they are about to mount a late comeback. Valencia look comfortable and they will be deserved winners. Barcelona have been poor.
- OffAnsu FatiFC Barcelona
- OnAlex ColladoFC Barcelona
... and the second Barcelona change sees Collado come on for the ineffective Ansu.
- OffFrenkie de JongFC Barcelona
- OnIvan RakiticFC Barcelona
It's going to be a double change from Setien with Rakitic coming off the bench...
So the corner kick was taken again after a lengthy delay as the referee spoke to the VAR. That was a confusing moment. Never seen anything like that before. Is that in the laws of the game?
Confusion! The referee has said that the corner kick should be taken again! It's surely either a goal or a foul? Or is he saying it wasn't a foul and that he blew early? This is very, very strange!
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO... NO! Gabriel has the ball in the back of the net from a corner kick, but the referee has blown up for a foul by the Valencia defender. There was a push on Busquets.
Setien looks resigned to defeat on the touchline. This has been a really poor performance from Barcelona. They have offered very little in attack and have been slack at the back.
- OffMaximiliano GómezValencia CF
- OnJaume CostaValencia CF
Gomez gets a standing ovation from the home supporters. He missed a penalty in the first half, but has made the difference in the second.
Barcelona were slow to react to a quick throw-in from Valencia and they never really recovered from that as they were caught short at the back. Gomez had so much time and space!
- GoalMaximiliano GómezValencia CF
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Valencia 2 (77 mins - Maxi Gomez) Barcelona 0. That could well be game over! Valencia have doubled their lead and Gomez has found the back of the net! This is his goal for sure! That was far too easy. Torres made the chance and passed to Gomez who guided his shot into the far corner of the net.
Messi is on one in this second half and that makes these final 15 minutes very long for Valencia. There is a long way to go and Barcelona are finally turning the screw on their opponents.
Messi freekick... SAVED! That set piece on the edge of the box was given the big build up, but Domenech makes the diving save to prevent Messi from finding the back of the net!
It's all Barcelona at the moment and they are cranking up the pressure. Valencia are struggling to get out from the back, but they are sitting back and absorbing deliberately here.
PICTURE: It's just not happening for Barcelona right now.
Messi heads wide! The Barcelona number 10 has taken it upon himself to drag his team through this game! However, Messi heads wide when he probably should have found the target. Good cross from Griezmann.
This is better from Barcelona, but you don't get the feeling that they are battering down the door, on the brink of an equaliser. Valencia look quite comfortable even if they are pegged back.
On to the roof of the net! That was a clever idea from Messi as he tries to lift a shot over Domenech from the left side of the penalty area, but the ball lands on top of the Valencia net.
Barcelona are seeing plenty of the ball, as has been the case for the whole match so far, but they are camped on the edge of the Valencia penalty area whereas before it was on the halfway line.
Vidal has certainly given Barcelona more bite in midfield, but Setien was supposed to favour a patient, passing game. Could it be that he is already compromising on his principles?
A lot was made of Setien's ability as a coach when he was named Barcelona's new manager, but it's Valencia that have been the better coached, better drilled team this afternoon.
Barcelona are really missing Suarez. The Uruguayan is the one who helps them get in behind opposition defences, but he's out injured and could even miss the rest of the season.
We thought that Setien might be the perfect manager to get the most out of de Jong, but the Dutchman has struggled in his first start under the new boss this afternoon. Really pretty poor.
MESSI... just wide! That's the closest the Barcelona number 10 has come to finding the back of the net. He angled a low shot towards goal from the edge of the box, but the ball flashes wide!
- OffKevin GameiroValencia CF
- OnRodrigoValencia CF
On comes Rodrigo for Valencia. Of course, the Spanish international is being linked with a move to Barcelona this month.
What a block! Messi looked destined to net an equaliser for Barcelona after being set up by Alba, but Gabriel comes out of nowhere to make the sliding block and keep his team ahead! That was crucial!
- OffArthurFC Barcelona
- OnArturo VidalFC Barcelona
Setien makes his first change of the match and it's Vidal who comes on for the ineffective Arthur.
- Yellow cardFrancis CoquelinValencia CF
That was one of those tackles where Coquelin knew he was in trouble and dragged back Messi to stop a Barcelona counter attack. No attempt to play the ball.
That booking for Busquets leaves Barcelona in a dangerous position. That's Busquets, Pique and Umtiti, the core of the defence, all playing this second half on yellow cards!
- Yellow cardSergio BusquetsFC Barcelona
That's the third time that Busquets has stopped a counter attack and he's finally shown a yellow card for it.
PICTURE: This has turned into a real test for Setien.
The Valencia goal has actually been given in retrospect as an Alba own goal. The shot from Gomez was heading wide and so it was the deflection from the Barcelona man which sent it into the back of the net.
Half chance for de Jong! A cross from Ansu out on the right somehow found the feet of the Dutch midfielder inside the area, but he didn't catch hold of the shot and Domenech makes the easy save.
So how will Barcelona react to that set back? It's been a nightmare start to the second half. They had played the first two minutes with renewed intensity, but they now find themselves behind.
- GoalMaximiliano GómezValencia CF
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Valencia 1 (48 mins - Maxi Gomez) Barcelona 0. Finally, Valencia have the opening goal! The deadlock has been broken! A cross fell to Gomez inside the box, his shot took a wicked deflection off Alba and flashed into the back of the Barcelona net! The Catalans afforded him far too much space in the area!
Early opportunity! Barcelona have already shown more attacking intent in the early stages of this second half than they did in the first. Ansu was played through, but he drags his effort wide.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way at Mestalla! It's still goalless between Valencia and Barcelona in this La Liga fixture.
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- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Valencia 0-0 Barcelona. We're still waiting for the first goal at Mestalla, but Valencia have come the closest to breaking the deadlock. They had a penalty saved and spurned two excellent chances!
Crucial intervention! This is Barcelona's best spell of the match with Griezmann threaded into the box. He tried to pick out Ansu in the middle, but Gabriel made the slicking block to stop the chance!
There will be two minutes of stoppage time played at the end of the first half.
Setien needs to find a way to quicken Barcelona's tempo and intensity in the final third of the pitch. It's just all a bit sluggish. They could also do with a bit more width. Slightly congested.
PICTURE: Ter Stegen saved from the spot.
Against Granada last weekend, Barcelona were guilty of trying to score the perfect goal. In the end, they did, but can they really be that idealistic against teams like Valencia away from home?
That was a chance! That was Barcelona's best opportunity to find the back of the net so far. It was a Valencia giveaway that presented Arthur with the chance, but he overcooked the pass!
One wonders what Setien thinks of this first half performance from his team so far. Barcelona have controlled the match in terms of the possession, but they should be behind.
First Barca shot on target! It has taken a while, but the away side have finally tested Domenech. It was a Messi freekick in a dangerous position, but his shot is straight at the goalkeeper.
Barcelona need to open things up a bit here. They are far too static. Not enough movement in front of them when they have the ball at their feet. This is still a work-in-progress.
We all suspected that this would be the toughest test that Setien has faced as Barcelona manager and so it is transpiring in this first half. Valencia should really be in front by now.
Ter Stegen saves again! This time it's Coquelin who stings the palms of the Barcelona goalkeeper, but the Valencia midfielder's shot was straight at ter Stegen. Still a decent save!
Off the bar! Gomez takes aim from the edge of the Barcelona penalty area, ter Stegen pushed it up on to his own crossbar and then got up quickly to make the save from Gameiro on the rebound!
Barcelona are doing a good job of keeping the ball, but they don't look to have many ideas in the final third of the pitch. They are lacking a spark. Ansu, Griezmann and Messi all very quiet.
Messi freekick... over! That was an opportunity for Messi to at least test Domenech in the Valencia goal, but his freekick effort from about 25 yards out flashes well over the crossbar.
Messi is stopped! That's the first time that the Barcelona number 10 has attempted to drive forward, dribbling through two challenges, but he's then stopped by Coquelin. The home fans enjoyed that!
Umtiti has been favoured over Lenglet in the first place because Setien wants to play a high line and he believes that the former has more pace to make that work than the latter.
Messi has barely had a touch of the ball so far. Barcelona are seeing plenty of possession, but they aren't working it into the areas where they can actually hurt Valencia.
Umtiti seems to be something of a target for Valencia. The home side are pressing the French defender every time he receives the ball. They must believe he's more likely to lose it.
Of course, it's still early stages of the Setien era at Barcelona, but it must be said that they have looked pretty toothless in the three games they have played under the new manager so far.
Barcelona have claimed 85% of the possession so far, they have made over 200 total passes already, and yet it's Valencia who have come the closest to finding the back of the net.
Nearly an own goal! That was close to being a bizarre opener! Roberto's clearance bounced into the legs of Pique an rebounded towards goal, but ter Stegen makes the diving save on his line!
Valencia are having some joy down their left side and down the Barcelona right. Ansu isn't doing enough to help out Roberto who looks uncomfortable facing Gaya. Interesting one.
Alba has so much space down the left side to gallop into. Griezmann is drifting out there, but the Barcelona left back is frequently their furthest forward player. He is such an outlet for them.
Valencia are currently struggling to get out from the back under intense pressure from the Barcelona press. However, the Catalans have yet to create their first scoring opportunity.
It's certainly true that Setien has made an immediate impact in the way Barcelona have played under him, but they struggled past Granada and Ibiza. Will they for it in the way of results?
That penalty kick came out of nowhere. Barcelona had been utterly dominant in the opening 10 minutes and then one defensive lapse allowed Valencia a shot at taking the lead.
The penalty kick from Gomez was at a good height for ter Stegen, but there was still a lot of power on the effort from the Valencia striker. That was a world class save from the German.
TER STEGEN SAVES! Barcelona survive! Gomez stepped up to the penalty spot, but the Barcelona goalkeeper pulls off a stunning save to keep the scores level! What a stop by ter Stegen! Exceptional!
- Yellow cardGerard PiquéFC Barcelona
Pique is shown a yellow card for bringing down Gaya inside the box. The Valencia players want the Barcelona defender to be sent off, but the referee believes a booking is enough.
PENALTY KICK TO VALENCIA! Gaya gets into the box far too easily and Pique comes across and wipes out the left back! The referee points to the spot!
Valencia beat Barcelona in the final of the Copa del Rey last season. That win was masterminded by Marcelino. His sacking at the start of the season was a very unpopular decision.
The initial signs are that Messi is playing in the False Nine position again. Ansu is out on the right side with Griezmann drifting to the left but still leaving plenty of space for Alba to gallop into.
Barcelona have started the match well here. As expected, they are controlling the majority of the ball. This is a hallmark of Setien's approach - he wants his side to see plenty of the possession.
Of course, Suarez is still out through injury for Barcelona and that means Ansu has come into the starting lineup. The teenager didn't have his best game against Granada last weekend.
This should be one of the best and most compelling fixtures in La Liga this weekend. Both teams will be targeting three points. How will Barcelona fare in this new system with this new approach?
- 1st Half
The match is under way at Mestalla! It's Valencia against Barcelona in this La Liga fixture!
Okay, here we go. We are about to get started at Mestalla. Kick off in this one is just moments away!
Of course, Barcelona are in the midst of a title race with Real Madrid. The pressure is on them to establish a three-point lead ahead of Real Madrid's game tomorrow.
Not long until kick off at Mestalla this afternoon. A win for Valencia would put them on the brink of a top four place in La Liga.
There has been some crowd trouble outside Mestalla between the two sets of supporters ahead of this match. The police seem to have things back under control, though.
Perfect midfield? Arthur and De Jong have come into Barcelona's midfield over Rakitic and Vidal. Setien's style will surely work well with the Brazilian and the Dutchman in the middle. Should be a good fit.
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me on Twitter ahead of the match to let me know your thoughts. How do you see this game going? Can Valencia cause Barca a problem? Tweet me!
Valencia will be without Parejo for this match. The playmaker is out through suspension. That's undoubtedly a blow for the home team as Parejo always seems to play well against Barcelona.
Big test! This will be Setien's third match in charge of Barcelona and this will undoubtedly be the toughest test he will have faced so far. Mestalla is one of the most difficult places to visit in La Liga!
Did you see today's Euro Papers? Barca are being linked with a player labelled the next Dani Alves!
TEAM NEWS: Valencia - Domenech, Wass, Paulista, Garay, Gaya, Soler, Coquelin, Kondogbia, Ferran, Gomez, Gameiro. /// Barcelona - Ter Stegen, Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Busquets, De Jong, Arthur, Ansu, Griezmann, Messi.
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