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Barcelona’s “new Messi” save the day against Valencia

The sigh of relief from Camp Nou could be heard across the Iberian Peninsula on Sunday as FC Barcelona secured a 3-1 win over Valencia in La Liga Santander. Teenage sensation Ansu Fati compensated, turning the momentum in favor of the hosts.

An overwhelming sense of doom swept over Barcelona’s home ground when Jose Gaya scored for Valencia in just five minutes. The goal once again revealed the weaknesses in Barcelona’s defense when a supposedly cleared ball fell perfectly in front of Gaya. He didn’t hesitate to take the opportunity to shoot past goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen.

It was a dream start for the guests, but Fati saved the home team from being completely demoralized by quickly equalizing eight minutes later. The 18-year-old paired perfectly with summer newcomer Memphis Depay to keep the Blaugrana motivated.

Fati was still involved in the second goal after drawing a penalty that Memphis promptly converted. The penalty enabled the Blaugrana to take the absolute lead a few minutes before the break. Valencia couldn’t regroup in the second half despite a good performance from Carlos Soler, which Ter Stegen needed to act. Substitute Philippe Coutinho sealed the deal with Barcelona’s third goal just five minutes from time.