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Camp Nou (ATT 76,352) 2nd September 2012 - Kick off 20:30 Ref: M Perez Lasa

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Adriano seals Barca win

Last Updated: 02/09/12 11:27pm

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Barcelona celebrate Adriano's goal

Barcelona celebrate Adriano's goal

Barcelona retained the only 100% record in the Primera Division with a fine strike by Adriano enough to beat Valencia 1-0 on Sunday.

Barca, beaten by rivals Real Madrid in the Supercopa, could have beaten Manuel Pellegrino's side by more goals had Cesc Fabregas not failed to take two good chances.

Tito Vilanova almost saw his side pay for those missed chances as Roberto Soldado and Victor Ruiz both went close, the latter also having a goal disallowed for offside.

Barcelona had the first chance but when Pedro cut in from the right after eight minutes his left-footed shot was straight at Diego Alves.

But the home side were nearly caught out a couple of minutes later when Soldado curled his shot just wide after bringing down a lofted through ball.

Gerard Pique was booked after his arm caught Jonas on the back of the head as they both challenged for a high ball.

An unmarked Lionel Messi got an effort on target when Dani Alves swung the ball in from the right but Diego Alves was able to push the ball away.

Barcelona took the lead 22 minutes in when Adriano cut in from the left, following a short corner which was played to Lionel Messi, and fired a right foot shot across goal and into the top right corner.

A minute later Pedro nearly extended the lead when he came in at the far post and directed the ball back across goal but Diego Alves saved.

Fabregas had the chance for the second when he was played through into the area but clipped the ball wide across the face of goal, the ball just shaving the far post.

Fabregas should have done better early in the second half but he fired high and wide after good work by Alexis, who forced his way into the area before squaring the ball.

Valencia thought they had levelled on the hour when Victor Ruiz got in at the far post to steer the ball past Victor Valdez from a Tino Costa free-kick, but the effort was disallowed for offside.

Barcelona dominated for long periods without making the most of their chances and not even Messi could add to their tally.

The Argentinian went on several impressive runs, including one with nine minutes to go which saw him fouled just outside the area, but when he got up to take the free-kick he hit it straight into the Valencia wall.

Barcelona were almost caught out from a corner in injury-time as Victor Ruiz escaped his marker from a corner but headed over from close range.

Jonas then hit an ambitious long-range volley which landed just on top of the Barcelona goal.

But the home side were able to hang on to defeat Valencia, who sit in the bottom four as a result.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 35 87
2 Real Madrid 35 85
3 Atletico Madrid 35 76
4 Valencia 35 72
5 Sevilla 35 69
6 Villarreal 35 54
7 Athletic Bilbao 35 48
8 Malaga 35 47
9 Celta Vigo 35 46
10 Espanyol 35 46
11 Real Sociedad 35 43
12 Rayo Vallecano 35 43
13 Elche 35 40
14 Getafe 35 36
15 Levante 35 35
16 Almeria 35 32
17 Eibar 35 31
18 Deportivo La Coruna 35 30
19 Granada 35 28
20 Cordoba 35 20