Hercules' Nelson Valdez celebrates his first against Barcelona
Barcelona were left stunned as Nelson Haedo Valdez struck twice to give promoted side Hercules a famous 2-0 win at the Nou Camp. The Paraguay forward pounced in each half to lead his team to an unlikely victory at the home of the Spanish champions.
Valdez gave the Alicante-based outfit the lead when he poked home from a free-kick against the run of play after 26 minutes. And the Paraguay forward, making his debut for the visitors, silenced the Nou Camp with a superb second on the hour to give Hercules a two-goal lead.
Barca attacked ceaselessly in the final half hour, but came up against an inspired figure in the Hercules goal. Keeper Juan Calatayud produced a string of fines saves to deny Lionel Messi, Pedro and David Villa as the visitors held on.
They could have extended their lead at the death but French striker David Trezeguet missed an open goal.
Nelson Valdez nets Hercules' second against Barcelona