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. They looked comfortable when Samuel Umtiti headed in Coutinhoâ€™s corner.
But the visitors gave them a late scare when Dani Parejoâ€™s penalty squirmed underneath Marc-Andre ter Stegen after Ousmane Dembele fouled Andreas Pereira. Ter Stegen was at the centre of the gameâ€™s other dramatic moment – when he gifted the ball to Valenciaâ€™s Carlos Soler but then brilliantly saved Rodrigoâ€™s shot onto the crossbar.
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. 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 Sociedadâ€™s 38 across 1978-79 and 1979-80.