Valencia 1-4 Barcelona: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hat-trick as unbeaten run continues


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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his first Barcelona goals by registering a hat-trick as they extended their unbeaten run in La Liga to nine matches with victory at Valencia.

Aubameyang, who joined from Arsenal for free on 2 February, slammed in the opener on his first La Liga start.

Frenkie de Jong tapped in a second and Aubameyang converted from close range, despite a VAR check for offside.

Carlos Soler pulled one back before Aubameyang notched a fortunate third.

Substitute Pedri appeared to have scored Barcelona’s fourth but his powerful 25-yard effort glanced Aubameyang’s back on its way in.

The goal was initially given to 19-year-old Pedri but was later awarded to Aubameyang.

He could have added a fourth goal late on when a ball fell his way in the box, only for home keeper Giorgi Mamardashvili to deny the 32-year-old.

Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets said: “Since Aubameyang arrived, he has been working hard. We know he hasn’t played many minutes this season.

“He is a fabulous player and having him in the squad, having come here for free, is really positive for us.”

Barca manager Xavi will be thrilled with his side’s efficiency as they extended their unbeaten run in the league, which now stretches back to 4 December.

In the opening half, their three shots produced three goals as Valencia paid for a slack 15-minute spell in which Barca’s quick passing clicked.

Valencia – now seven games without a win in the league – thought they had made it 3-1 before the break but Soler was denied, with VAR for the first time ever ruling out a goal in La Liga, because the ball had gone out of play for a throw in.

Soler powered in a diving header after half-time but Aubameyang’s deflected third put an end to any comeback hopes.

“It’s been an important victory today,” added Busquets. “In the first half we were very efficient. That allowed us to dominate the game. It meant we were calm enough to play in our style. I think it was a good performance.

“In other games we have got ahead but have not been able to dominate and rivals have got back into the game. Today we did the job.”

Line-ups

Valencia

Formation 4-4-2

  • 28Mamardashvili
  • 20Foulquier
  • 12Diakhaby
  • 15AldereteSubstituted forCömertat 85′minutes
  • 14GayàSubstituted forLatorreat 65′minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 10SolerBooked at 77mins
  • 6GuillamónSubstituted forGómezat 45′minutes
  • 23Kourouma KouroumaBooked at 53minsSubstituted forRacicat 66′minutes
  • 21Gil
  • 19DuroSubstituted forde Sousa Mendonçaat 85′minutes
  • 7Gonçalo Guedes

Substitutes

  • 1Doménech
  • 3Latorre
  • 4Musah
  • 5Gabriel
  • 8Racic
  • 9Gómez
  • 11Hélder Costa
  • 17Cheryshev
  • 22de Sousa Mendonça
  • 24Cömert
  • 32Vázquez
  • 37Mosquera

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2DestBooked at 90mins
  • 4AraújoBooked at 56mins
  • 24GarcíaSubstituted forMinguezaat 45′minutes
  • 18AlbaBooked at 35mins
  • 30Paez GaviriaSubstituted forTraoréat 81′minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 21de JongSubstituted forGonzález Lópezat 60′minutes
  • 7DembéléSubstituted forGonzález Iglesiasat 71′minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 25AubameyangSubstituted forde Jongat 81′minutes
  • 19Torres

Substitutes

  • 6Puig Martí
  • 11Traoré
  • 12Braithwaite
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 14González Iglesias
  • 16González López
  • 17de Jong
  • 22Mingueza
  • 33Ezzalzouli
  • 36Tenas
Referee:
Carlos del Cerro Grande

Attendance:
38,315

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Valencia 1, Barcelona 4.

  2. Second Half ends, Valencia 1, Barcelona 4.

  3. Attempt saved. Carlos Soler (Valencia) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Uros Racic.

  4. Pedri (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Foul by Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia).

  6. Sergiño Dest (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Foul by Sergiño Dest (Barcelona).

  8. Bryan Gil (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Pedri.

  10. Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Sergiño Dest.

  11. Substitution, Valencia. Eray Cömert replaces Omar Alderete.

  12. Substitution, Valencia. Marcos André replaces Hugo Duro.

  13. Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Marc-André ter Stegen.

  14. Attempt missed. Hugo Duro (Valencia) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gonçalo Guedes.

  15. Luuk de Jong (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Foul by Omar Alderete (Valencia).

  17. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Foul by Dimitri Foulquier (Valencia).

  19. Substitution, Barcelona. Luuk de Jong replaces Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

  20. Substitution, Barcelona. Adama Traoré replaces Gavi.


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