FULL TIME: Levante 3-3 Barcelona
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Levante UD - FC Barcelona
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It's last chance saloon for Barcelona. They are camped inside the Levante half. Can the Catalans create one last opportunity to score a fourth goal and claim all three points?
- OffJosé Luis MoralesLevante UD
- OnGiorgi KochorashviliLevante UD
Kochorashvilli comes on for Levante. A point here for them would be an achievement.
There will be four minutes of stoppage time played at the end of the match.
- OffSergi RobertoFC Barcelona
- OnRiqui PuigFC Barcelona
It should be noted that Puig was introduced off the bench by Koeman a few minutes ago...
PICTURE: How Messi's feeling...
This has been an incredible second half. How many times are Barcelona going to spurn the chance to go top of La Liga? They have thrown this one away just as they did against Granada.
Barcelona just can't get this win to go top of La Liga. They have five minutes of normal time to find a fourth goal, otherwise they will once again miss the chance to take first place.
- GoalSergio LeónLevante UD
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Levante 3 (84 mins - Sergio Leon) Barcelona 3. Levante have equalised for a second time! Just as it seemed like Barcelona might see this out, Dest allows Tono to get the cross in from the left wing and Leon was alert enough to get in front of his marker and flick home the finish at the near post!
Barcelona have now scored two or more goals in 10 of their last 11 La Liga matches away from home. It’s fair to say that Koeman’s side have some serious firepower to harm opponents.
Morales is now shown a yellow card for pulling back Dembele on the break.
Barcelona’s run-in after this will see them face Celta Vigo and then Eibar on the final day of the season. They will fancy their chances against those two opponents. Favourable.
De Jong is shown a yellow card and that means he will miss the next match against Celta Vigo.
There’s no denying Koeman has done a good job of bringing through a number of young players this season. Araujo, Mingueza, Ilaix, Pedri… they are all first team figures for Barca.
- OffRogerLevante UD
- OnSergio LeónLevante UD
... and here's Sergio Leon as well. Can he make a difference for the hosts?
- OffJorge MiramónLevante UD
- OnCokeLevante UD
Lopez makes a change and Coke is on for the final 10 minutes or so...
Mingueza was on the wrong end of that temper during the game against Getafe and the young defender’s withdrawal at half time against Atleti suggests there is still some tension!
A change for Barcelona and Pedri comes off to be replaced by Mingueza.
Koeman is back on the touchline this evening after serving a two-match suspension for losing his cool in the win over Getafe a couple weeks ago. The Dutchman has a temper, as we have seen tonight as well!
This was the Levante leveller!
This has been the most compelling Spanish title race in a long time, but it does seem like the three teams involved are tripping over each other. Atleti, Barca and Real Madrid all drew at the weekend!
- Yellow cardJorge de FrutosLevante UD
The first yellow card of the match is shown to de Frutos.
This has been a ridiculous second half. Koeman looked furious after Levante's second goal and still looks furious despite Barcelona taking the lead again. Can they keep it?
Goal stands! The officials have had a good look at the incident involving Griezmann and Miramon and have decided that there wasn't enough in there for a foul. Good decision.
Will the goal stand? Levante believe there was a foul on Miramon by Griezmann in the build-up to the goal. I have to say, the replays make it look like very minimal contact...
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Levante 2 Barcelona 3 (64 mins - Ousmane Dembele). Dembele has lashed home a finish and Barcelona have the advantage again! Griezmann was tackled on the edge of the box with the ball falling to the French winger who struck an effort past Aitor! That was very well-taken by Dembele!
Remember when Barcelona were cruising at half time of the game against Granada, set to go top of La Liga, and then threw it all away? It's happening again...
- GoalJosé Luis MoralesLevante UD
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Levante 2 (60 mins - Jose Luis Morales) Barcelona 2. Incredible! What is going on? From nowhere, Levante have scored twice at the start of this second half and they are level! Barcelona gave the ball away cheaply inside their own half and Morales makes them pay with an excellent low finish!
Koeman will be really disappointed with the defending for that goal. Roberto just didn't do enough to get in front of his marker. Levante are in a good phase of the match right now!
- GoalGonzalo MeleroLevante UD
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Levante 1 (57 mins - Gonzalo Melero) Barcelona 2. Levante have given themselves a foothold in this match! The cross was played into the Barcelona box from the right side, Melero got ahead of Roberto and headed into the back of the net! Ter Stegen stood no chance with Melero so close!
De Jong has really flourished under Koeman this season. The Dutch midfielder endured a difficult first season at Barcelona, but has really looked the part over this campaign.
Could have been three! A good chance for Barcelona to extend their lead with Aitor cutting out a cross from Alba, but with the keeper off his line De Jong could only shoot over.
The switch to a back three has suited Barcelona. Koeman is getting the best out of the group of players he has with the Catalans more solid in defence with five at the back out of possession.
There has even been a suggestion that Messi could be tempted to stay at Barcelona to act as a mentor to Pedri. The two players are on the same wavelength. Messi enjoys playing with Pedri.
Pedri has been one of the biggest success stories of Barcelona’s season. The teenager has quickly become a key figure for Koeman, although fatigue has been an issue for him recently.
It’s not just Messi who has been in exceptional form recently. Griezmann has found his scoring touch in front of goal with the Frenchman looking more and more like a Barca player. He was poor against Atleti, though.
Bit wild from Messi! Dembele did well to draw a couple players and then feed Messi the pass, but the Barcelona number 10 lacked composure and slices his shot well wide of goal.
Barcelona were by far the better team in the first half and Koeman will want that to continue into the second period. A third goal would effectively kill this match as a contest.
PICTURE: Pedri scored the second
- OffRonald AraújoFC Barcelona
- OnSergi RobertoFC Barcelona
Koeman has made a change and Roberto is on for Araujo. He picked up a knock.
The second half is under way! Barcelona have a 2-0 lead over Levante in this La Liga fixture.
HALF TIME: Levante 0-2 Barcelona. Goals from Messi and Pedri are the difference at the half time interval, but in truth the gulf between the two teams has been greater than that.
Barca counter attack! Griezmann's fine pass with the outside of the boot finds Dembele down the right side, but Levante did well to stick with the speedy winger and the corner is conceded.
Barcelona are searching for a third goal that would effectively kill this contest before the break. Levante just need half time to regroup and come up with a different game plan.
One wonders if Lopez will make changes to his team at the half time interval. Levante need someone who can make something in between the lines of transition.
This has been a good first half showing by Barcelona. Levante haven't really offered much besides a good five-minute spell before the opening goal was scored by Messi.
PICTURE: Barca in control
Dembele has given Barcelona some much-needed forward thrust this evening. That's something the Catalans lacked in the underwhelming performance against Atletico Madrid.
That goal had been coming for Pedri. If there's one area where the teenager can afford to improve, it's in his finishing in front of goal. Once he gets that sorted out, beware!
- GoalPedriFC Barcelona
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Levante 0 Barcelona 2 (35 mins - Pedri). Barcelona have doubled their lead! Messi played Dembele down the right side, the Frenchman had the pace to beat his marker and then cut the ball back for Pedri to finish on the stretch into the back of the net! The Catalans now have a two-goal cushion!
Barcelona need to keep pushing for the second goal. They must learn from the home defeat to Granada a couple weeks ago when they allowed a 1-0 lead to slip, losing 2-1 in the end.
Messi has been key to Barca’s recent upturn in form. The Argentine started the season slowly, but has found his groove again. He’s already added to his tally this evening.
Ter Stegen called upon! Bardhi produces a wonderful piece of skill inside the Barcelona penalty box to create the space for a shot, but his effort is straight at the German goalkeeper!
Not his best attempt! Messi beats two Levante defenders on the edge of the opposition box, but he drags his shot wide of the post when he might have tested Aitor in the Levante goal.
ALBA... wide! That could have been a second Barcelona goal! Messi picked out Alba with a pass, the left back went for the first-time volley, but he shoots wide of the near post!
As things stand, Barcelona are sitting at the top of the La Liga table, one point ahead of Atletico Madrid although Simeone side's still have a game in-hand over the Catalans.
Just as it seemed Levante were getting a grip of the game, Barcelona take the lead. Not all hope is lost, though. Barca have been guilty once or twice this season of letting opponents back into matches.
- GoalLionel MessiFC Barcelona
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Levante 0 Barcelona 1 (25 mins - Lionel Messi). That's the goal Barcelona needed and Messi has found the back of the net! Alba got down the left side, his cross into the middle was deflected, the Argentine still had a lot to do with the finish, but he guided a finish while falling backwards past Aitor.
After a very bright start to the match, Barcelona have faded somewhat in the last 10 minutes or so. They need to find a way to do more with the ball in the final third of the pitch.
Pique had his hands full on Saturday, coming up against his former teammate Luis Suarez. The Barcelona centre back will be hoping for a more serene evening here.
Dembele slips! What a chance for Levante to make Barcelona pay, but the cut back was intercepted by Pique. Tono really should have found Roger on the penalty spot. Missed opportunity!
Araujo hobbling! Barcelona might be forced into a first half change here. Araujo appears to have picked up a knock and Koeman has sent Roberto to go warm up down the touchline.
PICTURE: No early breakthrough
Morales shoots over! The Levante forward hasn't scored in 10 games against Barcelona in his career and he shoots over the target when he might have tested ter Stegen, there.
Nonetheless, Barcelona’s recent form over the last few weeks and months has been decent. They have won 16 of their last 20 La Liga games to put them back in the title picture at the top of La Liga.
Barcelona come into this match on the back of a slightly underwhelming 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid on Saturday. With the Spanish title on the line, neither side did enough to win.
A win this evening for Barcelona would be enough to put them top of La Liga, at least until Atletico Madrid play later in the week. It would shift the pressure over to Simeone’s side.
This is a bit better from Levante. They are showing us now that they are going to play their own game and that they're not going to spend the whole match defending.
It's fair to say Barcelona have enjoyed a good start to the match. They have created two good opportunities to find the back of the net. Levante are a bit lucky to still be level.
PICTURE: Messi looks lively
Saved by Aitor! Another big opportunity for Pedri! It was de Jong who once again set up the playmaker with the cut back, but the Levante goalkeeper was able to make the save!
The pattern of the match has already been established with Barcelona dominating the ball. The Catalans are camped deep inside the Levante half, looking for a way through.
What sort of match will we get this evening? Barcelona are strong favourites, but Levante can play some good stuff. They won’t be easy opponents for the Catalans to overcome.
Over the top! A chance inside the second minute for Barcelona to take the lead with de Jong cutting the pass back for Pedri, but the teenager sends his shot from inside the box over!
- 1st Half
The match is under way! It's Levante against Barcelona in this La Liga fixture!
Okay, here we go. We are about to get under way in this La Liga fixture. Kick off coming up shortly.
The two teams are out at the newly renovated Estadio Ciutat de Valencia. A late night kick off!
Barcelona have spurned the opportunity to go top of La Liga twice in the last two weeks. Third time lucky?
Not long until kick off at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia. This could be a big moment in Barcelona's season. A win will take them to the top of La Liga. Can Koeman's men get the job done?
Busquets sustained a head knock in the goalless draw against Atletico Madrid at the weekend, but the experienced midfielder is back in the Barcelona lineup for this one.
On the line! A win this evening for Barcelona would take them to the top of La Liga, at least until Atletico Madrid player this week. Just two fixtures left of the season after this one!
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me on Twitter ahead of the match to let me know your thoughts. Will Barcelona hold their nerve in this massive game in the title race? Tweet me - @grahamruthven!
TEAM NEWS: Levante - Fernandez, Tono, Duarte, Vezo, Miramon, Pier, Bardhi, Melero, De Frutos, Marti, Morales. /// Barcelona - Ter Stegen, Aba, Pique, Lenglet, Araujo, De Jong, Busquets, Pedri, Dembele, Griezmann, Messi.
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