Levante was beaten 3-2 by Barcelona FC in LaLiga on Sunday night at Estadio Ciudad de Valencia.
A relentless second half saw the teams barely pause for breath as Barcelona escaped a game.
They were constantly under threat – conceding three penalties – with a seventh straight LaLiga victory.
Certainly, Xavi’s substitutes made a remarkable impact, as Gavi, Pedri, and Luuk De Jong all made telling contributions off the bench, dashing Levante’s hopes of a vital win.
Reclaiming second place in the table, the Blaugrana remained unbeaten in the top flight since December and continued their recent revival.
LEVANTE LEAD! Morales sends Ter Stegen the wrong way with a superb penalty kick into the bottom-right corner, and the hosts have a merited advantage: It’s 1-0 to Levante!
BARCELONA LEVEL! Within minutes of almost going two goals behind, the Blaugrana equalise as Aubameyang powers a header into the back of the net from Dembele’s right-wing cross. Now it’s 1-1, and the momentum has indeed shifted!
PEDRI PUTS BARCELONA IN FRONT! The young substitutes combine as Pedri steers a shot from near the penalty spot into the bottom-left corner, following Gavi’s ball into the box. All of a sudden, the visitors lead 2-1!
LEVANTE LEVEL! Once again, Morales opts against taking another spot-kick, but Melero makes no mistake – thumping the ball confidently past Ter Stegen and into the bottom-left corner of the net! With a few minutes to go, it’s now 2-2!
BARCELONA IS BACK IN FRONT! Another twist in the tale sees substitute Luuk de Jong rewarded for a bold run to the near post as he powers a header past Cardenas from Alba’s outswinging cross. But, incredibly, the Catalans have stolen all three points: it’s 3-2.
Dembele is in a generous mood.
Dembele has thrived under the guidance of Xavi, and his superb run continued here.
The France international has provided nine assists since the turn of the year.
So, what’s next?
Levante next faces a potentially make-or-break clash with Granada in a week.
Meanwhile, Barcelona, who will next be in Europa League action, is reconvening with Frankfurt in midweek.
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