FC Barcelona vs Levante CF : Full highlights and all goals
Barcelona marked Luis Enrique’s 100th match as coach of the club with a 2-0 win over La Liga’s bottom squad Levante at Estadio Ciudad de Valencia on Sunday.
In spite of not being as impressive as in the lethal 7-0 victory over Valencia in the Copa del Rey last Wednesday, the Catalan giants did sufficiently enough to re-open a three-point advantage over their rival Atletico Madrid – 3-1 winners over Eibar last Saturday – at the Liga summit.
Barcelona were dangerous early on and took the predictable lead after 21 minutes when Navarro inadvertently controlled a cross from Jordi Alba beyond the Levante goalkeeper Diego Marino, but Suarez missed a glorious opportunity to make it two soon after when he strangely missed the target from inside the six-yard box, all happening in the Barcelona vs Levante encounter.
The brutal onslaught continued when Marino was rather forced to dive to his left and push away Neymar’s attempt to curl an effort right into the far corner, but the hosts’ resistance was finally broken in the 21st minute of the Barcelona vs Levante clash.
Iniesta fed an alert Alba at the byline and Navarro diverted the left-back’s swift cross into the back of his own net.
After Verza and Jefferson Lerma were repeatedly unable to hit the target with their respective futile efforts, Morales raced in behind the Barca defence line in a break down the left but, despite beating Claudio Bravo, was ultimately denied by the post.
Levante continued pressing positively in the Barcelona vs Levante match and within two minutes of the restart Giuseppe Rossi’s brave 20-yard strike was palmed away from the bottom-left corner by Claudio Bravo.
Luis Enrique’s squad continued to control possession but struggled hard to create chances and it was not until Ivan Rakitic’s near-post confident header in the 59th minute that Marino was finally called into action again.
Levante were put to the sword eventually in second-half injury time, Suarez finishing a handsome counterattack led by Messi with a cool attempt, the Uruguayan using the outside of his boot to clinically guide the ball beyond Marino.