- Lionel Messi was denied a goal in the 29th minute of FC Barcelona’s game at Valencia.
- Barcelona left the Mestalla with a 1-1 draw but will feel aggrieved that an absence of goal-line technology prevented them from securing a victory.
FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was denied what looked like a clear goal during his club’s 1-1 draw at Valencia.
Messi lashed a rocket shot from just outside the penalty box in the 29th minute of Sunday’s game. The strike was so powerful that Valencia goalkeeper Neto failed to save it, the ball blasted through his gloves, and trickled over the line.
You can see how far the ball was over the line in this screengrab.
Neto scrambled to get the ball out of the goal and clear it from his box. Instead of awarding a goal, the referee signalled for play to carry on. While Barcelona players protested the decision, Valencia embarked on a counter-attack and nearly scored themselves amid all the confusion.
Though the match was deadlocked at half-time, Valencia forward Rodrigo grabbed the game’s first goal on the hour mark.
Jordi Alba equalised for Barça in the 82nd minute to rescue a draw, but the club may feel aggrieved that an absence of goal-line technology prevented them from securing a victory and extending their lead at the top of the La Liga table.
“When the ball crosses the line by three metres, a goal has to be given,” Alba said, according to Goal.com. “Even from the halfway line you could see it was over. Incredible. It happened to us last season and it may be why we lost La Liga then. It’s a terrible error.”
Barcelona has 35 points from 13 games played so far, four ahead of Valencia in second place.
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