La Blaugrana have kept themselves right inside the title race thanks to a impressive late turnaround at the Estadio Mestalla.
Neither side were able to find a breakthrough before the half time whistle with the visitors feeling the pressure of keeping pace with their title rivals.
But, Ronald Koeman‘s side refused to be deterred as Messi hauled them level on 56 minutes.
Valencia 1- Barcelona
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And with Barcelona and Messi in the mood late on the Catalans talisman swerved home a trademark free kick to give them some breathing space in the final 20 minutes.
Lionel Messi scores his 50th free-kick for Barcelona 🤯 @brfootball
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Carlos Soler fired home a late consolation for Los Che, to set up a tense finale, but in the end, Barcelona had enough to move back level with second place Real Madrid and two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.
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