Barca left back Jordi Alba scored against his former club Valencia and secured his team's unbeaten form and four-point lead at the tip of the table.

The game was marred by Barca being denied a goal when Lionel Messi’s shot crossed the line in the first half, although the Argentine forward still had a say in the game, laying on a perfectly weighted pass for Alba’s 82nd minute leveller.

Spain striker Rodrigo Moreno put Valencia ahead on the hour, sneaking ahead of Barca’s Thomas Vermaelen to score from close range before putting on an orange wig in tribute to the club’s late president Jaume Orti who passed away on Friday.