Messi trends after stunning comeback for Barcelona against Valencia

Elena Summers
February 4, 2019

He spent yesterday resting and was visited by club medical staff at home but it seems that he will remain doubtful for Wednesday's Copa del Rey semi-final first leg against Real Madrid, possibly up until the day of the game.

Goals from Kevin Gameiro and Dani Parejo had sent Valencia 2-0 ahead in Catalonia, but Messi netted once in either half to ensure that Barcelona would take a point from the clash.

Valencia coach Marcelino looked on the positive side despite allowing a two-goal lead to slip. I can't say exactly what problem he has, I don't know, ' he told a press conference after the match.

The World Cup victor will train with the group after the weekend, when the medical staff will re-evaluate his physical condition.

Sergi Roberto hit the post and Messi nearly equalised with a superb volley on the run as Barcelona began to dominate.

Valverde threw on Alba at the start of the second half and his side immediately looked more unsafe yet once again their fate rested on the brilliance of their all-time top scorer Messi, who struck his 21st league goal of the season to level the game.

Barcelona's winning streak in la Liga ended at eight matches in a row.

He then bagged his second goal just after the hour mark to level the game. Two minutes into the game they attacked along Barca's left, weakened because Sergi Roberto was playing in place of Jordi Alba.

Los Che almost stunned the hosts after Daniel Parejo forced Marc Andre Ter Stegen to a low save, with the rebound shot from Denis Cheryshev hitting the face of the post.

Parejo doubled the advantage from the penalty spot after Roberto knocked down Wass trying to dispute a cross.

Messi pulled one back with a 39th-minute penalty of his own after Nelson Samedo was fouled by Toni Lato, becoming the first player in Europe's top five leagues to register 20 league goals. "If he's in good shape, he'll play on Wednesday [against Madrid]".

Real Sociedad won the Basque derby 2-1 at home to Athletic Bilbao to move to eighth in the table.

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