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Barcelona set 39-game unbeaten record

IANS  |  Barcelona 

has set a new record by remaining unbeaten for a 39th league round, following its 2-1 win over

Real Sociedad had previously held the record for 39 years, set during the 1978-1979 and 1979-1980 seasons.

Still mourning its unexpected exit from quarterfinals days earlier after losing 3-0 to Roma in the second leg, moves one step closer to another title with the win on Saturday, news reported.

The had to overcome a rival looking to take advantage of the leaders' situation, threating the goal in the very beginning on Gonçalo Guedes's shot, which ter Stegen blocked.

struggled to find its rhythm, and was playing with nearly the same starting line-up that lost to Roma, likely seeking a form of redemption -- and they got what they were asked for.

netted the first goal 15 minutes into the game, seizing on Philippe Coutinho's pass.

The goal, however, did not affect Valencia's spirit, as the visitors continued to threaten Barcelona's goal, but without making good on any of their opportunities, thanks in part to ter Stegen.

forward Machado, known simply as Rodrigo, squandered an opportunity to draw level on a counterattack just minutes into the second half.

Barcelona's advantage was secured after a header from found the back of the net.

and Coutinho unsuccessfully tried to increase Barcelona's lead, while Andres Iniesta's shot was blocked by Valencia's net minder

Despite dominating the game, substitute Ousmane Dembele downed inside the area, prompting the referee to award a penalty with four minutes to go before the second-half stoppage time.

successfully converted the penalty, boosting Valencia's spirits.

could well have conceded a third goal if had not prevailed over in a one-on-one situation.

With the win, extends its undefeated run, having not lost a match in the since April 8, 2017.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 07:56 IST
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