Ansu Padi celebrated his first major game in almost a year by scoring a goal during Barcelona’s rise to victory in Spanish first division football at Camp Nou 3-1 on Sunday.
For the first time since March 2020 the fans were allowed in at full capacity, but only half the stands were filled, and silence prevailed five minutes after Jose Gaya scored the first goal for Valencia with a long-range shot.
Barcelona responded harshly and Fathi equalized in the 13th minute with a superb shot from the edge of the penalty area.
The striker fell in the penalty area four minutes before the end of the first half after Kia was fouled, and Memphis DeBay won the toss and elected to field.
Carlos Solar hit the woodwork as Valencia tried to equalize, but the hosts won when substitute Philippe Coutinho scored five minutes from time.
Ronald Koeman’s team climbed to seventh with 15 points, five points behind leaders Real Sociedad, and Barcelona still have one game left.
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