England Championship

Iniesta injured, Messi scores 2 as Barca beats Valencia 3-2

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Andres Iniesta's serious knee injury overshadowed another stellar performance by Lionel Messi on Saturday, when the Barcelona forward scored a second goal in stoppage time to earn a 3-2 win at Valencia.

The hotly contested game was marred both by Enzo Perez's tackle that sent Iniesta off on a stretcher and a fan throwing a water bottle at Barcelona's players while they celebrated Messi's winner. The bottle appeared to strike Neymar's head and also impact other Barcelona players when it was tossed into their tight huddle.

The defending champions rose to the top of the Spanish league. Barcelona is one point ahead of Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid before they play their matches on Sunday.