Barcelona missed an enormous alternative to go prime of La Liga as soon as once more on Tuesday evening as Levante held them to a pricey 3-3 draw courtesy of a late equaliser.
Ronald Koeman’s males took their time to search out their rhythm however ultimately broke the impasse within the twenty fifth minute when Lionel Messi acrobatically volleyed in Jordi Alba’s deflected cross. La Blaugrana doubled their benefit simply 9 minutes later after Ousmane Dembele latched onto Messi’s via ball and minimize it again for Pedri to faucet in and make it 2-0.
Levante’s risk on the break lastly paid dividends within the 57th minute, as they managed to drag one again courtesy of Gonzalo Melero’s header. The hosts then shocked their guests on the hour mark as they levelled the scoreline. Messi’s misplaced move was latched onto by Jose Morales who, after a gorgeous one-two with Roger Marti, transformed excellently previous a helpless Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Koeman’s males regained their composure shortly, nonetheless, and retook the lead within the sixty fourth minute. The ball broke the way in which of Dembele within the penalty space, earlier than the Frenchman rifled emphatically into the highest nook.
However La Blaugrana have been pegged again as soon as once more as Levante equalised within the 83rd minute. Tono acquired up the left flank effectively earlier than fizzing a ball into the trail of Sergio Leon, who completed cleverly on the close to publish to steal some extent for his facet.
The draw strikes Barcelona as much as second however leaves the door open to Atletico Madrid (who play on Wednesday) and Actual Madrid (who play on Thursday) to maneuver 4 and two factors away from La Blaugrana respectively after matchday 36. Now, let’s get to the Barcelona scores.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GK) – 5/10 – Was pressured into a few good saves however actually could not do a lot concerning the Levante targets.
Ronald Araujo (CB) – 6/10 – Confirmed a variety of tempo and intelligence to cowl effectively for Dembele on the suitable. Was very composed and stable however, worryingly, got here off on the break after sustaining a knock.
Gerard Pique (CB) – 6/10 – Alert to the specter of the counter and positioned himself effectively all through to carry an finish to any promising strikes, making six interventions.
Clement Lenglet (CB) – 6/10 – Did not have all that a lot defending to do on his facet however was good on the ball, stepping as much as discover runners in behind and sometimes launched Alba down the left.
Ousmane Dembele (RWB) – 8/10 – Maintained a excessive place and had one in every of his only video games of the marketing campaign. Registered a effective help for Pedri’s strike and completed brilliantly to make it 3-2.
Frenkie de Jong (CM) – 8/10 – Improbable motion and sharp runs in behind to disturb the opposition again line and create alternatives. Has his teammates guilty for the actual fact he did not stroll away with no less than two assists from his 4 key passes.
Sergio Busquets (CM) – 5/10 – Recycled possession effectively when his facet have been camped in Levante’s half however regarded sluggish when coping with the counter and was unusually sloppy on the ball, giving it away cheaply on quite a few events.
Pedri (CM) – 8/10 – Floated round and had some pretty touches in and across the field. Confirmed nice motion within the space and, though he squandered two gilt-edged possibilities within the first 5 minutes, he acquired his aim to make it 2-0.
Jordi Alba (LWB) – 6/10 – Stayed just a little deeper than ordinary to compensate for Dembele however sporadically surged ahead and made some glorious runs in behind. Unfortunate to not rating however did create the opener with a deflected cross.
Lionel Messi (ST) – 8/10 – Barcelona regarded harmful every time he dropped deep and acquired his head up. Pulled strings all through and registered three key passes, whereas additionally ending clinically to open the scoring.
Antoine Griezmann (ST) – 7/10 – By no means actually acquired a sniff of aim however he was his ordinary dynamic and influential self, creating area and constructing assaults with chic motion and link-up play.
Sergi Roberto (CB) – 4/10 – Didn’t look snug on the again in any respect. Was weak within the air for Levante’s first and misplaced his man for the second. Was moved upfield halfway via the second interval however was hooked off earlier than full-time – ouch.
Sergino Dest (RWB) – 4/10 – Was run ragged by Tono within the build-up to Levante’s third.
Oscar Mingueza (CB) – 5/10
Martin Braithwaite (ST) – 5/10
Riqui Puig (CM) – 5/10