Experience the exhilarating full match replay and highlights of the Valencia vs Barcelona showdown. The action kicks off at 20:00 (GMT) on the 16th of December 2023, officiated by the renowned referee Miguel Ortiz. The battleground for this epic clash is none other than the Estadio de Mestalla. Brace yourself for a thrilling encounter in the Spanish La Liga, Week 17 of the 2023/2024 season. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the magic unfold.
Valencia vs Barcelona Full Match Reports
Barcelona faced another setback in their LaLiga title pursuit as Hugo Guillamón’s stylish first goal of the season secured Valencia a valuable point against the reigning champions.
Los Ches launched into the game with aggression, testing Iñaki Peña in the opening minutes as Roman Yaremchuk’s shot was pushed to safety. The Mestalla echoed with encouragement as Cristhian Mosquera’s diving header was saved, and Frenkie de Jong made a crucial block to deny Hugo Duro. Xavi’s squad aimed to calm the fervent crowd, and Robert Lewandowski unleashed a stinging effort parried away by Giorgi Mamardashvili.
Barça gradually found their rhythm, coming close to breaking the deadlock as Lewandowski’s acrobatic strike was denied by Mamardashvili. João Félix then set up Pedri, but the young talent missed the target from just outside the box, signaling a drop in Valencia’s early intensity toward halftime.
The second half sustained the frenetic pace, with Diego López and İlkay Gündoğan unable to find the net with their attempts. Barcelona took the lead in the 55th minute, with João Félix tapping in Raphinha’s cross from point-blank range after a sublime pass from Frenkie de Jong. The celebrations were peculiar, as both Raphinha and Félix stood motionless before acknowledging each other. Raphinha has now assisted in three of Barça’s last four LaLiga goals, equaling his contributions in the club’s previous 30 competition goals.
However, the joy was short-lived, as Guillamón unleashed a superb strike from the edge of the box, capitalizing on Fran Pérez’s deep delivery into the box. Despite Barça’s hopes for VAR intervention, Pérez was deemed onside before delivering the cross. The captivating contest continued, with Ferran Torres creating a threat, but Mamardashvili made a crucial stop. Valencia fought hard to secure a point, with Yarek Gąsiorowski making a vital goal-line clearance against Raphinha.
The match ended in a draw, leaving Xavi’s team six points behind league leaders Girona, having played an additional game. For Valencia, the result extended their winless league run to five matches but felt like a hard-earned point under Rubén Baraja, avoiding a third consecutive LaLiga defeat for the first time during his tenure.
Man of the Match: Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona).