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La Liga: Lionel Messi brace inspires Barcelona comeback draw against Valencia

File photo of Lionel Messi. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Camp Nou, Carrer d'Aristides Maillol, Barcelona, Spain Feb 03, 2019, 08.45 AM (IST)

Lionel Messi's stunning two goals helped Barcelona come from behind to draw 2-2 against Valencia at Camp Nou in La Liga on Saturday. 

Messi's brace helped his side rescue a point in a tough game also making him the first player in Europe’s top leagues to reach 20 league goals for the season.

French striker Kevin Gameiro and a Dani Parejo penalty helped Valencia take a two-goal lead before half-time against the league leaders. 

However, it was a foul by Toni Lato that led to Messi halving the hosts' deficit six minutes before the interval with a spot-kick of his own. 

Messi then struck again in the 64th minute, after Arturo Vidal had laid the ball off to him at the top of the penalty area.

Neither team could find a winner in the remaining 30 minutes of the match, but the draw ensured Barca avoided a first league loss since November and took them to 50 points from 22 games.