Messi Hit Brace To Rescue A Point For Barcelona

Lionel Messi’s two goals salvaged a point for Barcelona but for once the Argentinian could not conjure up a victory as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Valencia.

The hosts were fell behind midway through the half courtesy of a Rodrigo Moreno trademark burst before sliding a pass to Kevin Gamiero who finished with aplomb.

Barcelona’s woes was compounded after Sergi Roberto fouled Daniel Wass in the penalty box less than 10 minutes later. Daniel Parejo converted the spot kick, running with a surprise 2-0 advantage at the Nou Camp.

Messi Pulled one back with a penalty of his own right before halftime, and produced a moment of absolute brilliance to level the match in the 64th minute, freezing Valencia goalkeeper Neto solid with a left-footed strike.

Elsewhere, Celta Vigo broke a five-match losing streak and escaped the relegation zone by beating Sevilla 1-0 at home thanks to Okay Yokuslu’s second-half goal.

Fourth-place Sevilla has won only one of its last six league games.

Real Sociedad defeated Athletic Bilbao 2-1 to deal its northern Basque Country rival its first defeat since the arrival of coach Gaizka Garitano.

Garitano had kept Bilbao unbeaten through seven league games since replacing Eduardo Berizzo in December.

Getafe’s 0-0 draw at Levante was marred by 11 Getafe fans being arrested for provoking a clash with rival supporters outside the stadium in Valencia.

Getafe, which condemned the violence, rose to fifth as the small Madrid-based club continued its impressive season on the field.