Lionel Messi's double helps Barcelona see off Valencia in La Liga clash

Enrique named the same side that beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 10 days ago to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals in stunning fashion.

Barca needed to come from behind to keep the pressure on Madrid as Eliaquim Mangala headed Valencia in front.

Messi put Barcelona up 3-2 against Valencia with a slick right-footed goal early in the 52nd minute.

The Argentine star hooked a shot over the crossbar moments later following a trademark mazy dribble but Barca lacked urgency and were punished for their slow start in the 29th minute.

The lead lasted just six minutes as Suarez raced onto Neymar's throw-in to slot into the far corner.

Hopefully the man advantage will be enough going into the second half. On Sunday, the Barcelona superstar scored a penalty with his strong foot, and in the second half he found the net again, this time with his "weaker" foot.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, who played as part of a three-man defence in manager Luis Enrique's newly devised, 3-4-3 rhombus formation, had nothing but praise for Messi after the game.

Neymar nearly got onto the scoresheet with 14 minutes left but his free-kick struck the post.

Messi first scored 40 goals in a single campaign in the 2009-20110 season and has repeated that feat every season since. - Barcelona have won all of their 17 La Liga games with Samuel Umtiti on the pitch.

Messi made his Barcelona debut in 2004 and became the club's all-time top scorer in 2012 against Granada, overtaking Spaniard Cesar Rodriguez, and in 2014 surpassed the late Telmo Zarra as the top marksman in La Liga by scoring a hat-trick against Sevilla. - Neymar has made more assists than any other player this season in all competitions (19 - top five leagues).

Munir El Haddadi briefly levelled before half-time before Messi and Andre Gomes, with his first Barca goal, sealed the three points.

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