A Jordi Alba goal cancelled out Rodrigo’s opener in Laliga’s top of the table clash, as both Valencia and Barcelona shared the spoils on Sunday.
However, the game was overshadowed by a refereeing blunder which happened in the first half, when Lionel Messi smashed a shot from the edge of the area, which went through the hands of Neto — who turned round to pull it back from behind the line, but the assistant referee didn’t give it as goal.
This has resurrected debates on why the Spanish Laliga has not yet implemented the goal line technology. Laliga president, Javier Tebas, had earlier promised that the Video assistant referees will be used from next season. But events from Mestalla last night, further highlighted the degree of poor officiating in Laliga as Valencia were also denied a clear penalty in the second half.
Nevertheless, it was a relentless game last night at the Mestalla with two well-worked goals, much to the delight of Real Madrid fans — as first and second placed Barcelona and Valencia dropped two points each.