Lionel Messi netted his 22nd league goal this term from the penalty spot, after a marauding Gerard Pique – shaping to shoot – was held in the box by midfielder Michel.
The visitors had goalkeeper Jordi Masip to thank for keeping them in the game, as the Barca academy graduate made a string of important saves from Messi and substitute Luis Suarez during an action-packed second-half.
#5 Flop: Daniele Verde
In a game like this, Daniele Verde needed to show composure and good decision-making in possession if Valladolid were going to have much chance of snatching a result.
Instead, the 22-year-old Italian struggled throughout and was unsurprisingly replaced after 65 minutes. He created a joint team-high two key passes on the evening but crucially lost the ball on five occasions during his stint on the pitch too.
76.9% pass accuracy, 41 touches, one tackle, and one interception. This just wasn’t good enough – especially given Barca’s overload with Valladolid’s three-pronged attack. On another day, the visitors would have been traveling home after a heavy defeat, if not for some excellent saves and wasteful finishing on Barcelona’s part.