Messi Score Brace To Lift Barcelona Past Valencia

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi scored twice and missed a penalty as Barcelona came from behind to move within two points of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.

Ex-Arsenal man Gabriel headed Valencia in front 5 minutes into the second half.

However, the lead didn’t last long as Messi converted the rebound from his missed penalty kick in the 57th minute.

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In-form forward, Griezmann put the Catalans ahead in the 63rd minute and Messi clipped in a trademark free-kick before Carlos Soler’s screamer gave Valencia vain hope.

Barca host leaders Atletico next Saturday at the Nou Camp.

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