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Lionel Messi equals Pele goalscoring record with 643rd goal for Barcelona

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Lionel Messi’s header was his 450th La Liga goal, on his 498th La Liga appearance for Barcelona

Lionel Messi equalled Brazil legend Pele’s record of 643 goals for a single club by scoring for Barcelona in Saturday’s draw against Valencia.

The Argentine, 33, achieved the feat with a diving header just before half-time, immediately after his penalty was saved by keeper Jaume Domenech.

Messi scored his first goal for Barca in 2005 against Albacete.

Pele scored 643 goals in 19 seasons for Brazilian side Santos between 1956 and 1974.

Sadly for Messi, his celebrations will likely be muted after Barcelona failed to beat their mid-table opponents.

The result leaves the 26-time champions fifth in La Liga, eight points behind Atletico Madrid, who earlier defeated Elche 3-1 to move to 29 points.

Fierce rivals and champions Real Madrid, five points ahead of Barca, play Eibar on Sunday.

This should have been Barcelona’s third league win on the bounce, having led 2-1 in the second half and grown stronger as the match progressed.

They were given an almighty jolt in the 29th minute when defender Mouctar Diakhaby gave the visitors the lead when he headed in from a corner after being left unmarked.

  • The action from the Nou Camp as it happened

Valencia had defended well up to that point and felt aggrieved that Barcelona were awarded a penalty just before half-time when Jose Gaya was judged to have pushed Antoine Griezmann over in the area.

After the referee Alejandro Hernandez confirmed the foul following a check of the pitchside monitor, Messi stepped up for what should been his historic moment. However, Domenech made a brilliant save only for the Argentine to then nod home at the far post seconds later.

Barcelona were on top for much of the second half and penetrated the last line of defence once more when Uruguayan defender Ronald Araujo produced an outlandish scissor-kick which beat the reach of Domenech.

Ronald Koeman’s men were desperate to kill the game off with another goal, but as they pressed they were caught by a Valencia counter-attack, which resulted in the deadly Maxi Gomez poking in at the far post.

The 24-year-old Uruguay striker has now been involved in at least one goal in six of his seven La Liga games against Barcelona.

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho went close with an angled strike 12 minutes from time, but that was as close as Barca got to scoring again in the closing stages.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Dest
  • 4Araujo
  • 28MinguezaBooked at 57mins
  • 18AlbaBooked at 90mins
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forde Jongat 45′minutes
  • 7GriezmannBooked at 13minsSubstituted forMachado Trincãoat 73′minutes
  • 16GonzálezSubstituted forPjanicat 86′minutes
  • 14CoutinhoSubstituted forLengletat 79′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Braithwaite
  • 10Messi

Substitutes

  • 6Aleñá
  • 8Pjanic
  • 12Puig
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 15Lenglet
  • 17Machado Trincão
  • 19Fernandes Siqueira
  • 21de Jong
  • 23Umtiti
  • 24Firpo
  • 29De la Fuente
  • 36Tenas

Valencia

  • 1Doménech
  • 18Wass
  • 5Gabriel
  • 12Diakhaby
  • 14GayàBooked at 45mins
  • 30MusahSubstituted forBlancoat 42′minutesBooked at 45mins
  • 8Soler
  • 19Racic
  • 17CheryshevSubstituted forLeeat 90′minutes
  • 22Gómez
  • 7Gonçalo GuedesSubstituted forVallejo Galvánat 87′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Correia
  • 4Mangala
  • 11Sobrino
  • 20Lee
  • 21Vallejo Galván
  • 23Remeseiro Salgueiro
  • 25Rivero
  • 26Esquerdo
  • 27Koindredi
  • 31Molina
  • 37Blanco
  • 42Etxebarria

Referee:
Alejandro José Hernández Hernández

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Barcelona 2, Valencia 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Barcelona 2, Valencia 2.

  3. Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Daniel Wass.

  4. Clément Lenglet (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Jordi Alba (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Foul by Clément Lenglet (Barcelona).

  7. Maxi Gómez (Valencia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Foul by Sergiño Dest (Barcelona).

  9. Lee Kang-In (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Substitution, Valencia. Lee Kang-In replaces Denis Cheryshev.

  11. Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Carlos Soler.

  12. Attempt blocked. Miralem Pjanic (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Frenkie de Jong.

  13. Substitution, Valencia. Manu Vallejo replaces Gonçalo Guedes.

  14. Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic.

  15. Substitution, Barcelona. Miralem Pjanic replaces Pedri.

  16. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Foul by Maxi Gómez (Valencia).

  18. Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  19. Attempt blocked. Trincão (Barcelona) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Óscar Mingueza.

  20. Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

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