Camp Nou: Barcelona hit their lowest since 2003 when an own goal by Ivan Rakitic in the 27th minute put Valencia ahead before Santi Mina side-footed one calmly across Bravo and into the far corner to put the visitors 2-0 just before half-time.
The loss is Barcelona’s third consecutive loss in the league matches. Luis Enrique’s men have now lost to Real Madrid, Real Sociedad and Valencia on the trot.
Lionel Messi, who has been under tremendous pressure to score, tried to reduce the deficit with his 500th career goal in the 64th minute. Valencia tightened the noose post the strike and held their ground to romp home victorious.
The only chance Barca had was in the stoppage time when Gerard Pique missed the target from eight yards.
The loss now means that the Nou Camp club have squandered their nine-point lead in the La Liga table. With 33 games down and 5 more to go, Atletico are now level at 76 points with Real Madrid breathing right down their necks with 75.
It could probably be a matter of just a couple of games and we could see Zinedine Zidane’s men at the top given the goal difference the Bernabeu club is riding on is a whopping 68.
Real Madrid have been in top form pocketing big margin victories. Cristiano Ronaldo upped the game in a crucial do-or-die match with a hat-trick against Wolfsburg in the second leg of the Champions League quarter finals and followed it up with a 5-1 steamrolling performance against Getafe on Saturday.
Atletico Madrid also eased to a 3-0 home win over struggling Granada after Fernando Torres grabbed his fourth goal in as many games.