New Barcelona coach Quique Setien came back down to earth with a bump at Mestalla when he lost his first league game in charge to Valencia.
A Maxi Gomez shot was turned past Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen via a Jordi Alba deflection in the first half and after the break, when wave after wave of pressure for Barcelona came to nothing, Ferran Torres broke free to set up Gomez for the second.Setien took over from Ernesto Valverde when Barcelona were top two weeks ago. He won his first game 1-0 but then almost stumbled in the cup against a third tier side and saw Barcelona’s terrible defensive record continue here
They have only won four of their 11 games away from home with four defeats and three draws.
Valencia had their first chance to go ahead on 11 minutes when Jose Gaya won a penalty. Gerard Pique failed to clear the previous move and trying to compensate he flew into the left back and got nothing on the ball. Referee Jesus Gil’s only doubt was whether to send him off or book him. The yellow came out and Gomez stepped up with normal penalty taker Dani Parejo out suspended.
Ter Stegen bounced up and down on the goal-line to put Gomez off and then, barely keeping one heel on the line, he got down well to his left to save the kickDON'T MISS: Download Edujandon.com News app and get latest news updates directly to your phone!
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