Record-breaking Barca back on track after beating Valencia

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The record-signing Coutinho, who joined the club in a £142m deal in January, then delivered an outswinging corner from which Samuel Umtiti headed in a second in the 51st minute.

Trailing 4-1 from the first leg at Camp Nou, the Serie A side produced a memorable turnaround in Tuesday's return fixture in Italy, claiming a 3-0 win to progress to the semi-finals on away goals. "And I must congratulate my players because it wasn't easy".

Barcelona are now 14 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid while Valencia are a further three points back following the end of their five-match winning run.

Barcelona took the record outright by surpassing Real Sociedad's mark of 38 straight league games without a loss that had stood since 1980.

The win preserves Barcelona's unbeaten run after 32 league games with six games remaining.

"The value of these three points is great, they are three points of gold", Valverde said.

"We know it's been a tough week but a win today was a must".

A awful back-pass from Barca nearly went pear-shaped as it freed in Rodrigo, who took a touch before forcing Ter Stegen pushing his shot to the crossbar for a corner.

Gerard Pique had saved Umtiti's blushes by clearing a shot from Valencia forward Santi Mina off the line following a slip by the France defender.

Dani Parejo gave Valencia brief hope with an 87th-minute penalty.

Parejo picked himself up to score the spot-kick, squeezing the ball beneath Ter Stegen's body to set up an unexpected tense finale.

It was a night to forget for Messi and the LaLiga leaders in the Italian capital but Barca head coach Valverde said his team can not dwell on the result ahead of Valencia's visit on Saturday.

Manuel "Nolito" Agudo made up for a missed penalty by pulling one back for Sevilla in the 78th.

Valverde's side also still have to play Real Madrid again, too, with Zinedine Zidane's team due at Camp Nou on May 6.

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