Barcelona’s unravelling at the top of La Liga continued in stunning fashion as they lost 2-1 at home to Valencia.
The Nou Camp club have had a turbulent fortnight in which they’ve now picked up just one league point from a possible 12 and been knocked out of the champions League at the quarter-final stage.
Santi Mina’s strike and an own goal from Ivan Rakitic gave the visitors a 2-0 lead at half-time in front of a stunned home crowd.
Valencia, now managed by Gary Neville’s former assistant Pako Ayestarán, took their chances but struggled to deal with what was an excellent Barca performance except for their finishing.
Luis Suarez, Neymar and Gerard Pique were all guilty of missing great chances for the hosts, and even though Leo Messi pulled one back, they couldn’t grab an equaliser during their late seige and are now level on points with Atletico Madrid at the top, having lost three league matches in a row for the first time since 2003.