Daily Digest: Lionel Messi earns Barcelona draw at Valencia

Sport360 staff 09:24 08/10/2018
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TOP STORY

Barcelona missed the chance to return to the top of La Liga after being held to a 1-1 draw at Valencia.

Lionel Messi’s classy goal cancelled out Ezequiel Garay opener, which came after just 79 seconds.

After winning their first six games in all competitions this season, Barca’s only win in their last five has come at Tottenham in the Champions League.

Barca are now second, a point behind new leaders Sevilla who beat Celta Vigo 2-1 earlier on Sunday.

Read our ratings and talking points from the game.

FOOTBALL

Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty as Manchester City blew the chance of ending their Anfield hoodoo.

The Algerian winger stepped up in the 86th minute after Leroy Sane had been caught by Virgil van Dijk.

But he blasted his spot-kick over the bar as honours between the Premier League’s top two ended even. Check out our things learned, ratings and player focus from the match.

In other news, Arsenal were 5-1 winners over Fulham and Chelsea romped to a 3-0 victory over Southampton.

CRICKET

Pakistan put their nightmare Asia Cup campaign firmly behind them as they reached 255-3 on the opening day of the first Test against Australia on Sunday.

Batting first in pristine batting conditions, returning batsman Mohammad Hafeez hit his 10th Test century, finishing on 126, while fellow opener Imam-ul-Haq made his best score of 76 as Sarfraz Ahmed’s openers added 205.

Australia went in with three debutants in their first Test series since the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March. However, while the ball did all sorts in South Africa, in the UAE it did nothing for them in the first two sessions.

The Aussies went in with just two seam bowling options in Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle and had to soon resort to the part-time leg spin of debutant Marnus Labuschagne. They gained some reverse swing towards the end of the day’s play to lift their morale on a tough Day One in Dubai.

Read our report card and player in focus from day one.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

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