Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
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Twitter reacts to Barcelona's record-breaking 2-1 win against Valencia

Twitter reacts to Barcelona's record-breaking 2-1 win against Valencia

But the visitors gave them a late scare when Dani Parejo's penalty squirmed underneath Marc-Andre ter Stegen after Ousmane Dembele fouled Andreas Pereira. Winning the UCL is really hard, only one team can win it, so it's very hard.

Barcelona are now 14 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid while Valencia are a further three points back following the end of their five-match winning run.

But it should take little away from their faultless form in the league, which means the last time they tasted defeat outside a cup competition was against Malaga just over 12 months ago.

Valencia showed fighting spirit and their biggest chance in the first-half when Ter-Stegen gave the ball away cheaply and Rodrigo's effort was parried into the crossbar by the goalkeeper himself. Coutinho was again the provider when his 51st-minute corner was headed home at the near post by Umtiti.

Both Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta went close to adding a third, and they were made to sweat after Valencia had halved the deficit in the closing minutes.

It was a night to forget for Messi and the LaLiga leaders in the Italian capital but Barca head coach Valverde said his team can not dwell on the result ahead of Valencia's visit on Saturday. We still have two important titles to win.

"We know it's been a tough week but a win today was a must".

"We are going there with ambition, but what happened in the Champions League surely won't leave any negative repercussions".

"This match was important for us", said Barca's Coutinho as he acknowledged his side's disappointment at losing to Roma.

'We have a cup final next week so we have to look forward not back.

Valverde admitted that Messi was devastated by the loss although he urged the five-time Ballon d'Or victor to put the disappointment behind him and do his utmost to ensure that they win La Liga and Copa del Rey titles.

The win at the Camp Nou, which was more comfortable than the scoreline suggested, also eases fears that Tuesday's Champions League collapse against Roma could affect Barcelona's march to the league title.

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