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ESPN – Messi leads Barca to win; Real Madrid’s injury woes – Five things we learned

The ESPN FC panel believe Barcelona will win the La Liga title primarily because Real Madrid still have difficult matches ahead. Five thoughts gleaned from the weekend's action, as Barcelona beat Valencia and Real Madrid overcame Malaga but suffered some more injury issues. 1. Messi, not Luis Enrique, helped Barca overcome Valencia's pressure Although Barcelona went ahead inside the first minute against Valencia through Luis Suarez at the Camp Nou on Saturday afternoon, the visitors absolutely battered Barca for most of the first half — missing a penalty, hitting the post, and generally controlling the game. Barca were…

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ESPN – Luis Suarez and magical Lionel Messi impress for Barcelona vs. Valencia

ESPN FC's Craig Burley compliments Barcelona's three points against an 'excellent' Valencia side. Goals in the opening and dying seconds gave Barcelona a 2-0 win over Valencia and meant they momentarily stretched their lead to five points over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga, ahead of their rivals' game with Malaga on Saturday night. However it was far from a vintage performance from the leaders, who were completely outplayed in the first half and looked nervy and tired after their exploits against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek. Valencia were undefeated in 10 La Liga games before this one…

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ESPN – Suarez nets and Messi reaches milestone as Barca beat Valencia

BARCELONA — Three quick observations from Barcelona's 2-0 win over Valencia in Saturday's La Liga clash at the Camp Nou. Barcelona Valencia 2 0 FT Game Details GameCast Lineups and Stats 1. Messi's 400 milestone Lionel Messi was outstanding at the Camp Nou, where he reached 400 goals for Barcelona. His first intervention was not a huge surprise. With less than a minute on the clock, Sergio Busquets' precise ball forward sent Messi running clear between the lines. His pass was perfectly timed for Luis Suarez, who had the simple enough job of poking the ball past…

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