Lionel Messi strikes but Barcelona held to a 1-1 draw at Valencia

It was Barcelona's second draw in five days after being held 1-1 by arch-rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal. But they still boast a league record of 19 wins, two draws and just one defeat.

updated: February 04, 2013 13:48 IST
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Barcelona: Lionel Messi extended his record streak by scoring in his 12th consecutive Spanish league game to give leader Barcelona a 1-1 draw at Valencia, while Atletico Madrid remained perfect at home through 20 games in all competitions.

Midfielder Ever Banega struck first for Valencia in the 33rd, only for Messi to level for the visitors from the penalty spot six minutes later.

Former Valencia star David Villa had Barcelona's best chance late but failed to finish on the break before goalkeeper Victor Valdes made an excellent save to deny Roberto Soldado two minutes from time and ensure a point for each side.

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