Lionel Messi during Barça-Valencia, December 19, 2020. -

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Leo Messi always higher.

The Argentine scored his 643rd goal with FC Barcelona this Saturday against Valencia, tying the record of goals scored for a single club of King Pelé (with Santos).

This famous goal took a long time to come.

Messi indeed missed a penalty early in the match, before finding the flaw in the header, allowing Barça to equalize just before the break.

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐊𝐢𝐧𝐠

& 𝐎 𝐑𝐞𝐢

- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 19, 2020

Despite this new record, the Catalans haven't really had a good afternoon.

Hanging on by Valencia (2-2 final score), they continue to stand still in La Liga with a 7th game without a win in 13 games (3 draws, 4 losses) since the start of the season.

They are now fifth, eight points behind the leader, Atlético Madrid (3-1 winner Elche).

After showing encouraging progress against Levante (1-0) last weekend, and against Real Sociedad (2-1) on Wednesday, the Catalans have returned to their faults: an attacking game that lacks efficiency, and a defense very quickly overwhelmed by the opposing offensives ... With in particular a surprising central doublet Oscar Mingueza - Ronald Araujo, who relegated the French Samuel Umtiti and Clément Lenglet on the bench like Wednesday against Real Sociedad, but who were far from be reassuring.

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“What worries me is that sometimes the team doesn't know what the game calls for.

We know we're a team that always likes to attack and score goals, but there are also times when you have to defend and control the game.

(…) I saw the team doubting, yes.

But the title race is not yet lost ”, assured Koeman at a post-match press conference.

This draw does not do the business of the Valencian team, entangled in financial problems and stuck in 12th place in Liga, four points from the red zone.


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