Ansu Fati found the back of the net in his first start for Barcelona since November 2020, helping his team to a confidence-boosting 3-1 win over Valencia.
Ronald Koeman’s side came into the match having won just one of their last six games in all competitions, but found a performance and result to ease the building pressure around the Camp Nou.
It was Valencia, however, that took just six minutes to open the scoring when Jose Luis Gaya unleashed a strike 25 yards out from goal with Marc-Andre ter Stegen unable to stop the left back’s shot from finding the back of the net.
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However, Barcelona responded well and were back on level terms after 13 minutes. Good interchange play between Ansu and Memphis Depay on the edge of the box saw the former finish off the move with a right-footed effort.
And Barca took the lead before the half-time interval when Memphis powerfully converted from the penalty spot after Ansu had been felled by Dimitri Foulquier inside the six-yard box.
Ansu’s match lasted 58 minutes as Koeman withdrew the teenager with important games against Dynamo Kiev and Real Madrid coming up. Barca suffered for Ansu’s absence, but scored a third through substitute Philippe Coutinho to hold on for a win that lifts them up to seventh place in La Liga.
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