What a remarkable match. Levante turned this game on its head in the space of just seven second half minutes. Questions will be asked of Valverde and his Barcelona players after this. They got what they deserved in the end. Levante earned the win. They were excellent in the second half.
- 2nd Half
- 1st Half
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Levante UD - FC Barcelona
Liga - 2 November 2019
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- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Levante 3-1 Barcelona
Should have been four! Levante caught Barcelona high up the pitch, Melero was clean through on goal, but he sends his shot wide of the target when he should have found the back of the net.
Time has all but run out for Barcelona. This will be a damaging defeat and Valverde will face more questions after this. There will be some who call for him to be dismissed.
Chance for Ansu! Messi clipped a ball for the teenager at the back post, but Ansu's header was weak and he sends his effort wide of the near post when he should have tested Aitor.
There will be four minutes of stoppage time played at the end of the match.
- OffJosé CampañaLevante UD
- OnErick CabacoLevante UD
Off comes Campana and he gets a well-earned ovation from the home fans inside the Ciudad de Valencia.
The match turned on the exit of Suarez due to injury. At that point Valverde should have introduced Ansu to keep Barcelona on the front foot. Instead, he tried to protect what Barca already had.
This win will take Levante closer to the European places in La Liga. For Barcelona, though, this could drop them down to fifth place in the table if other results go against them.
- Yellow cardAnsu FatiFC Barcelona
And now Ansu enters the referee's book. This has been the pattern of Barcelona's play for the final 10 minutes.
- OffJosé Luis MoralesLevante UD
- OnNikola VukcevicLevante UD
A change made by Lopez. On comes Vukcevic for the final few minutes of the match.
- Yellow cardSergi RobertoFC Barcelona
Roberto is shown a yellow card for stopping another Levante counter attack.
Valverde will face criticism for the way he reacted to the injury of Suarez. It was almost as if the Barcelona boss sought to settle for what he had when his team only lead by one goal!
PICTURE: Can the great man save Barca?
It should be mentioned that both Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid play later this evening. They could pass the Catalans should they claim three points from their respective fixtures.
There's 10 minutes left to play and Barcelona have a two-goal deficit to overturn if they are to salvage this situation. The way they are playing, that doesn't look especially likely.
Many assumed that the early season issues experienced by Barcelona had been put behind them following the return of Messi from injury, but this will raise familiar questions again.
GOAL CHALKED OFF! Well, that is a late, late decision from the VAR! Messi's goal has been chalked off! Griezmann was offside when the pass was played into him in the build up. It's just not Barca's day.
How many times has Messi saved Barcelona over the years? He has given the Catalans a chance of a comeback here. The defending Liga champions have 15 minutes to get another one or two!
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Levante 3 Barcelona 2 (75 mins - Lionel Messi). Is this the start of the comeback? Messi has clawed one back for Barcelona! The Argentine's shot is blocked on the edge of the box, it bounces kindly for him and he finishes to give his side a chance of turning this around! 15 minutes left to play.
Barcelona came into this weekend top of La Liga. With defeat here they could sink as low as fifth place in the table by the time the round of fixtures is complete. Incredible. It's so tight.
Levante are now knocking the ball around the back to calm things down a bit. They are in complete control. Barcelona look resigned to defeat here. What a remarkable turnaround.
PICTURE: It's all gone wrong for Barcelona!
The pressure on Valverde after this match will be immense. Barcelona have been desperately poor here. They failed to build on their opener. They have been made to pay the price.
What can you say about what has unfolded in the past seven minutes? Barcelona have been ripped to shreds! Levante are flying! This could be a real watershed moment in the season!
- GoalNemanja RadojaLevante UD
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Levante 3 (68 mins - Nemanja Radoja) Barcelona 1. Oh my goodness! It's another Levante goal! It's a THIRD GOAL for the hosts! Barcelona failed to clear a freekick into the box and Radoja was on hand to send a volley back towards goal, with a deflection off Busquets taking the ball past ter Stegen!
- Yellow cardClément LengletFC Barcelona
Now Lenglet enters the book for a flailing arm into the face of Melero! Barcelona are all over the place here.
- OffArthurFC Barcelona
- OnAnsu FatiFC Barcelona
Ansu finally comes on for Barcelona. He probably should have come on for Suarez in the first half!
- Yellow cardGerard PiquéFC Barcelona
Pique is shown a yellow card. Frustration is starting to bubble over in the Barca ranks!
My word... what has happened to Barcelona in this second half? They were poor in the first half, but they at least had some degree of control. Levante are now running all over them!
ROCHINA... over the bar! That was very close to a third Levante goal, but Rochina shoots over the bar. The flag was up on the far side for offside. That spares the sub's blushes.
- GoalBorja MayoralLevante UD
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Levante 2 (63 mins - Borja Mayoral) Barcelona 1. Incredible! Two goals in three minutes and Levante have turned this match on its head! Campana clipped a pass into Mayoral, the Levante forward brought it down and then curled a strike from outside the box into the bottom corner of the Barcelona net!
- OffEnis BardhiLevante UD
- OnRubén RochinaLevante UD
Levante might just have equalised, but they are throwing on another attacker - Rochina!
Barcelona can have no real complaints about that equaliser. It had been coming. Levante have been the better team since the start of the second half and that is reflected in the scoreline.
- GoalJosé CampañaLevante UD
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Levante 1 (61 mins - Jose Campana) Barcelona 1. It's an equaliser! Levante have drawn themselves level! Pique's clearance from the back was a bad one, the ball came straight back on top of Barcelona and Campana made no mistake with the finish, firing into the back of the net from 14 yards out!
There's an argument to be made that Griezmann has been Barcelona's best player this afternoon, but not because of what he has done in the final third. Because of his effort!
Barcelona might be winning this match, but questions will still be asked of Valverde if they don't pick things up between now and full time. Levante are right in this match!
PICTURE: There's not much to separate these two teams.
Into the box! Levante built a good move with Campana getting the low cross into the near post, but Mayoral just couldn't get there before the ball ended up in the gloves of Ter Stegen.
Valverde looks down at his feet after another Barcelona move breaks down. The Catalans have been poor since Messi gave them the lead from the penalty spot in the first half.
Surely Valverde will throw on Ansu at some point? Barcelona need a spark from somewhere and the teenager would provide that. Levante are finding something here.
Barcelona seem to have regained control of things after a less-than-convincing start to the second half. They are knocking the ball around the back, taking the sting out of Levante.
- Yellow cardEnis BardhiLevante UD
Bardhi goes in hard on Roberto and the Levante man is shown the yellow card.
This has been a very peculiar start to the second half by Barcelona. The Catalans are struggling to keep hold of the ball and Levante are just launching wave after wave of attack.
Barcelona weren't at their best in the opening 45 minutes, but they did just enough to take a lead into the break. Levante have come out with much more energy and intent, though.
PICTURE: Messi gave Barcelona the lead from the spot.
Barcelona have been a little sloppy in the first couple minutes of this second half. Griezmann gave away the ball in his own half, but it didn't come to anything. A bit fortunate.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way! Barcelona have a 1-0 lead over Levante in this La Liga fixture.
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- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Levante 0-1 Barcelona. Messi's penalty kick, won by Semedo, is the difference between the two teams at the break. Levante are largely holding their own against the Catalans.
There are now signs that Messi is starting to find his groove. He might have found the back of the net, but the Argentine has been relatively quiet in this first half. Ominous signs for Levante ahead of the second half.
There will be two minutes of stoppage time played at the end of the first half.
WIth that change it seems that Griezmann has gone to the right side with Perez on the left and Messi through the middle. Perez has made the most of his opportunities this season.
- OffLuis SuárezFC Barcelona
- OnCarles PérezFC Barcelona
There's the change, but it's not Ansu who comes on for Suarez. It's Perez!
Suarez is still on the pitch for the time being, but Barcelona are going to make the change. Is this a serious injury for the Uruguayan striker? Or is Valverde just taking precautions?
Barcelona are somewhat fortunate to be ahead given how they have played this first half, but there was no debate over the award of the penalty kick. Semedo was cleaned out.
- Goal by penaltyLionel MessiFC Barcelona
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Levante 0 Barcelona 1 (38 mins - Lionel Messi pen). Barcelona haven't been at their best in this first half, but they have the lead! Messi steps up to the 12-yard mark and finds the back of the net, sending Aitor the wrong way. That was emphatic from the Argentine! The Catalans have the advantage.
PENALTY KICK TO BARCELONA! Miramon clattered into Semedo after the Barcelona full back was played in behind by Arthur and the referee points to the spot.
It also seems that Pique is still struggling with the thigh injury he sustained a few minutes ago. Although unlike Suarez is appears that he is going to stay on the pitch... for now.
Suarez injured! It looks like Barcelona will be forced into a first half change. Suarez appears to have picked up an injury. Ansu has been told to get ready off the bench by Valverde.
First Barcelona opportunity! Messi surged forward from the halfway line with the ball at his feet, threaded the pass through for Griezmann, but the Frenchman has his low shot saved by Aitor! Good stop by the keeper.
PICTURE: Nothing between the two teams so far.
It looks like Pique will be fine to continue, but that's something for Valverde to keep an eye on, especially with Barcelona taking on Slavia Prague in the Champions League next week.
Pique is down! This will be a concern for Valverde. Pique has pulled up. There wasn't much contact with Mayoral, but the Barcelona centre back held his thigh immediately. A worry.
Arthur played a wonderful diagonal ball out to Roberto. The Barcelona right back then knocked it down for Vidal, but the interception was made before it could get to the Chilean.
Levante were building up a head of steam not so long ago, but Barcelona are back in charge of this match. Although they are very disjointed in the final third of the pitch right now.
Griezmann's cross is cut out! Semedo's lovely little flick gets his French teammate in behind the Levante backline down the left side, but Griezmann couldn't pick out someone in the middle.
Griezmann plays a poor pass on the left wing and then is the man who retrieves a cross in the right back position. It's not quite happening for him, but he is willing to dig deep.
It's almost as if Barcelona look weary. Is it possible that Valverde hasn't rotated his team enough after their exerts in the mid-week games? Levante are quicker to everything.
It was Barcelona who enjoyed the better of the opening 10 minutes or so, but Levante have come into the game and are causing problems for the Catalans now. A decent contest.
Clearance is made! Levante are finding space down the left side on the counter attack, with Bardhi playing the cross to the back post. But Lenglet was on hand to make the clearance on the stretch!
Campana... blocked! That was an opportunity for Levante. A spot of pinball in the middle led to the ball falling at the feet of Campana, but Griezmann and Lenglet combine to make the block.
Arthur commits a foul and just for a second the Barcelona midfielder had a worried look on his face. It wasn't bad enough to warrant a second booking, though. He must be careful.
Decision changed! That's a good use of VAR. The referee initially showed Suarez the yellow card for the foul, but it was a case of mistaken identity and the decision is changed. Arthur gets the booking.
- Yellow cardArthurFC Barcelona
Suarez is shown a yellow card for a foul. But, err, he was nowhere near the Levante player? It was Arthur who made the foul!
It's so tight in the middle of the Liga table right now that a win could propel Levante into contention for the European places. A defeat, however, would drop them closer to the relegation zone.
Questions have been asked of Griezmann recently. It's not that he is playing poorly, it's just that he doesn't look to have forged much of an understanding up front with Messi and Suarez.
As you would expect, Barcelona have taken a grip of this game early on. They are the ones dictating the play, although they have yet to create a clear-cut goalscoring chance.
Both Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid play later this evening and so this is an opportunity for Barcelona to apply the pressure on their rivals at the top of the Liga table.
Barcelona come forward on the attack, with Messi playing the quick pass into Arthur. However, the Brazilian midfielder left it for Griezmann... only for Griezmann to misread his intention.
Valverde has opted a midfield unit of Arthur, De Jong and Vidal. De Jong has settled very quickly into the Barcelona midfield unit. The Catalans aren't so reliant on Busquets now.
Indeed, Messi has been in exceptional form for Barcelona in recent weeks. Of course, that has become the norm over the past 10 years, but Barca really missed him in the opening few weeks.
This is a busy time of the year for teams in Spain as they build up to the winter break over Christmas and New Year, but Valverde hasn't rotated his team as much as many expected.
With Alba missing for Barcelona Valverde has decided to play Semedo at left back. It says a lot that Valverde has picked a right back to play left back ahead of Firpo, who was signed in the summer.
As well as Barcelona have played in recent weeks, there is still a sense that Griezmann is adapting to his new surroundings. At times the Frenchman has looked like a spare part.
So what sort of game will we witness this afternoon? Barcelona blew away Real Valladolid during the week. Will Levante find themselves in the firing line here? Or can they compete?
- 1st Half
The match is under way! It's Levante against Barcelona in this La Liga fixture at Ciudad de Valencia.
Okay, here we go. We're about to get under way at Ciudad de Valencia. Kick off is just moments away.
These two teams have very different objectives for the season - Barcelona are targeting another title, while Levante are simply hoping to stay in the division.
Levante have actually caused problems for Barcelona in recent years. Can they repeat the trick this afternoon?
Not long until kick off. Barcelona are strong favourites for this one and as I have already said, there is a sense that the Catalans are finally starting to find their stride. Their recent Liga form has been good.
There is a sense that Barcelona are starting to build some momentum. They stuck five goals past Real Valladolid during the week to go top of La Liga. Will they make their place at the top stick?
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me on Twitter ahead of the match to let me know your thoughts. Do Levante stand any chance against this full-strength Barcelona team? Tweet me!
Griezmann starts! Ansu played during the week, but Valverde has picked his strongest front three, with Griezmann, Messi and Suarez all starting for Barcelona away to Levante.
TEAM NEWS: Levante - Aitor, Miramon, Postigo, Vezo, Clerc, Radoja, Melero, Campana, Bardhi, Morales, Mayoral. /// Barcelona - Ter Stegen, Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Semedo, Arthur, de Jong, Vidal, Messi, Suarez, Griezmann.
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