Record-breaking Barca back on track after beating Valencia 2-1

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Coutinho was again the provider when his 51st-minute corner was headed home at the near post by Umtiti.

Real Sociedad previously held the record, notching up a 38-game unbeaten run from April 1979 to May 1980.

Barca crashed out of the Champions League after surrendering a 4-1 first-leg lead to Roma, who won 3-0 on Tuesday to progress on away goals.

The win preserves Barcelona's unbeaten run after 32 league games with six games remaining.

Ernesto Valverde's side lead nearest challengers Atletico Madrid by 14 points in the standings, with Atletico hosting Levante and fourth-placed Real visiting basement club Malaga on Sunday.

Incredibly, despite that slow start the 30-year-old has still averaged almost a goal-a-game in La Liga clashes, scoring 21 times in 23 matches, including three hat-tricks and a couple of braces. We knew that the fans were angry and we were also hurting.

A terrible back-pass from Barca nearly went pear-shaped as it freed in Rodrigo, who took a touch before forcing Ter Stegen pushing his shot to the crossbar for a corner. With Umtiti out of the game, Santi Mina and Moreno had a two-against-one on Gerard Pique but Moreno miscontrolled Mina's pass before eventually getting a shot away which Pique managed to block on the goal line.

There was time for a tense finish after substitute Ousmane Dembele brought down Jose Gaya in the area and Parejo's feeble penalty squirmed under the body of Ter Stegen.

"Like any other team, Barca suffers from trauma, but they have very high level players", admitted Valencia's coach Marcelino.

Midfielder Steven N'Zonzi scored from long range to complete Sevilla's comeback from two goals down and draw with Villarreal 2-2 in a match where both sides ended with 10 men. N'Zonzi struck four minutes later.

Nolito's poor spot kick came after a handball by Jaume Costa, which earned him a sending-off with a second yellow card. Winning the UCL is really hard, only one team can win it, so it's very hard.



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