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African Star Ends Barca's Unbeaten Season

Spanish LaLiga Report: Levante v FC Barcelona 13 May 2018

By SL International - May 13, 2018 10:35 PM

Spanish LaLiga 

Result: Levante 5-4 FC Barcelona

Date: 13 May 2018

Venue: Estadio Ciudad de Valencia

FC Barcelona's unbeaten record in LaLiga finally came to an end in the penultimate round as they lost 5-4 to Levante, with an African star netting a hat-trick in the process.
 
Ernesto Valverde opted to leave Lionel Messi out of the match day squad, as Ousmane Dembele joined Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez in attack.
 
It was the hosts who broke the deadlock after just nine minutes as Emmanuel Boateng connected with Jose Luis Morales' cross and bundled the ball home.
 
Levante nearly doubled their lead two minutes later as Bardhi smashed the ball against the upright from close range.
 
The lead was eventually doubled on 30 minutes as Boateng completed his brace by holding off the challenge from Nelson Semedo before rolling the ball past Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.
 
Barca did manage to pull a goal back five minutes before the break as Coutinho found space on the edge of the box and curled the ball home, 1-2.
 
 
Levante bagged a third goal with their first attack of the second half as Bardhi found the back of the net with a fine strike into the top corner.
 
Three minutes later, Levante bagged a fourth goal as Boateng completed his hat-trick with a close-range finish after latching onto a pass from Luna.
 
The hosts' fifth goal arrived in the 56th minute as Bardhi bagged his second with a fine curling finish from the edge of the box.
 
Barca reduced the deficit two minutes later when Dembele's strike deflected into the path of Coutinho, who made no mistake from six-yards out.
 
Coutinho added another in the 64 minute, completing his hat-trick with a wonderful strike into the far corner.
 
Barca were then awarded a penalty on 70 minutes when Sergio Busquets was brought down in the box. Luis Suarez stepped up and converted the spot-kick to bring his side to within one goal of rescuing their unbeaten run.
 
The Catalan giants threw numbers forward in search of an equaliser, while Suarez continued to be a threat in the final 15 minutes.
 
Rubén Rochina should have added a sixth goal for Levante in the 90th minute but he fired wide of the upright with the net gaping.
 
Nevertheless, Levante managed to see out the closing stages to claim a famous win and end Barca's unbeaten run.


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Hebee
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Schakos May 14, 2018 08:23 AM
Boateng was on fire
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breezes May 14, 2018 07:51 AM
5 straight wins for Levante..
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So-Mathabo-KBY May 14, 2018 07:26 AM
@baba ka Luvo so Is cHIVs, a bunch of losers with a good keeper
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KK-kELLS May 14, 2018 07:25 AM
So it's evident that without Messi this Barça team is useless...n why did the coach risk their record breaking run this season....?
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Madredz May 14, 2018 07:16 AM
Thank you African star.
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Ricworld May 14, 2018 07:13 AM
Barca is just an average team without Messi....l wonder what’s gonna happen when he leave.
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Dave1992 May 14, 2018 07:02 AM
Levante is now "Evante" since they handed the L to Barca to break their unbeaten run in the league
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Ruud-Krol(mugabel) May 14, 2018 06:45 AM
Good one, cows like BarCow can't finish the season unbeaten.
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lopi May 14, 2018 06:15 AM
1st loose
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baba ka Luvo May 14, 2018 06:09 AM
barcelona is a one men team
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baba ka Luvo May 14, 2018 06:08 AM
what will happen to barcelona should Messi got injured injury that will take him 3months
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Boris Becker May 14, 2018 05:50 AM
This is what happens when you have nothing to play for... Being unbeaten is not really an achievement in football. Levante caught us off guard qha ke.
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MR E May 14, 2018 05:31 AM
So dissapointed with barca, they played like a small team especialy when messi is not around
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Prayer@k4l May 14, 2018 05:28 AM
Yooo
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LeCowhlohlo May 14, 2018 05:22 AM
I remember I collect soccer 6 moola after I bet that team Levante is going to beat Real Madrid. The score ended by 1-0 in favor of team Levante.
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Pep G junior May 14, 2018 05:19 AM
Why should Barca keep this useless coach?
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ESbee May 14, 2018 12:36 AM
The Messi effect was surely missed in terms of creativity from the centre moving forward. Defensively, well, since Puyol left, all the time, Barca battles to have a solid defense. I was hoping for at least a draw, not a loss
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Barça_4sky☆ May 14, 2018 12:11 AM
It felt like Rome again losing from absolutely nowhere..Suarez is a cow of note Barca need to replace him wit Mbappe in 2 years tym..Valvede will be coaching for his future next season unfortunately, if he does badly again in Europe he's a gonna
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murendeni joe May 13, 2018 11:38 PM
Never saw that coming, I thought Barca was going to b invincible this season

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