Lionel Messi was controversially denied a perfectly good goal as Barcelona, La Liga pacesetters, hit back to earn a 1-1 draw at second-placed Valencia.
The Argentina forward thought he had opened the scoring in the 30th minute when his tame strike from just outside the area was fumbled by the Valenciagoalkeeper Neto, with replays showing the ball crossed the line.
But without the benefit of technology, the referee, Ignacio Iglesias, did not award the goal, much to Barça’s dismay.
Valencia piled more misery on their visitors when Rodrigo fired them into a 60th-minute lead but Jordi Alba volleyed in a late equaliser to secure a share of the spoils on his return to his former club. The result leaves Barcelona four points clear at the top of the table.