Barcelona extend unbeaten run to 39 La Liga games

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Barcelona set a new La Liga record as a narrow win over Valencia extended their unbeaten league run to 39 matches.

The leaders, fresh from a shock Champions League exit to Roma, led when Philippe Coutinho played in Luis Suarez to beat Neto at his near post.

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They looked comfortable when Samuel Umtiti headed in Coutinho’s corner.

But the visitors gave them a late scare when Dani Parejo’s penalty squirmed underneath Marc-Andre ter Stegen after Ousmane Dembele fouled Andreas Pereira.

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Ter Stegen was at the centre of the game’s other dramatic moment – when he gifted the ball to Valencia’s Carlos Soler but then brilliantly saved Rodrigo’s shot onto the crossbar.

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Barca, who are now six results from the first unbeaten 38-game La Liga season, only need seven more points to seal the Spanish title.

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They face Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final next weekend as they seek a domestic double.

The previous unbeaten La Liga record was Real Sociedad’s 38 across 1978-79 and 1979-80.

 

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