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La Liga
27 April 2019
Game week
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Camp Nou (Barcelona)


L. Messi (G) 62' (assist by: A. Vidal)
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Thanks for joining our commentary this evening. Until next time, goodbye.
The games keep on getting bigger for Barca as they host Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash on Wednesday. Levante continue their battle against the drop at home to Rayo Vallecano.
Barca are able to clear their lines before the referee brings an end to the contest.
90'+2 Levante have a corner in the final minute and Aitor goes up from the back.
90'+1 Busquets wiped out Campana in the build-up and is booked by the referee.
Morales skips past two challenges on his way forward. He offloads to the left flank for Bardhi, but he overhits his cross into the middle, wasting an opportunity to put Barca under further pressure.
90' There will be two minutes of added time.
87' Suarez goes for the kill on the counter as he pulls his man one way then the other, but Pier is able to divert his strike wide of the target for a corner.
86' Lenglet is on the spot for Barca at the back to clear Morales' dangerous cross away from Mayoral in the middle.
85' Messi lines up an effort from the edge of the box, but he scuffs his attempt wide of the target. The Argentine claims it took a deflection off Vezo, but the referee was not interested. Replays prove that Messi was correct.
84' Marti comes on for Rochina for the final six minutes.
Dembele makes way for Sergi Roberto for the closing stages.
83' Coke is booked for bringing down Dembele with a cynical challenge.
82' Messi surges forward through the middle of the pitch before offloading to Dembele in the left inside channel. He has space to shoot, but he goes for the cutback towards the Argentine and the ball is blocked into the path of Aitor.
79' Messi twists and turns in the final third to open up space for a left-footed drive that is well saved by Aitor.
78' Rochina lifts a cross into the box that Mayoral almost touches around Ter Stegen, but the keeper is sharp in his reactions to make the claim.
77' Semedo goes into the book for a lunge on Rochina.
76' OVER! For the second time in the second half, Vidal is played into acres of space in the right inside channel. The Chilean goes for goal with a right-footed strike, only to hammer his shot over the bar.
75' Barca catch Levante out with a quickly-taken free-kick. Messi leads the charge forward, but for once he and Suarez are not on the same page, which quells the attack.
73' Busquets replaces Arthur for the home side in the middle of the park.
70' Pique goes into the book for a foul in an aerial battle with Mayoral, handing Levante another free-kick in a dangerous position.
68' A bad pass from Lenglet puts Barca under pressure at the back and forces Semedo to bring down Morales on the edge of the box.
66' Suarez releases Dembele behind the Levante defence, but as the Frenchman reaches the edge of the box he slips over and handles the ball.
65' Bardhi replaces Vukcevic for the visitors.
64' Morales tries to catch out Ter Stegen straight from the corner, curling his effort towards the near post. However, the keeper is alert and punches it to safety.
62' Vidal forces the ball through to Messi, who does the rest with a composed finish.
GOALLLLLLLLL!!!! MESSI GETS THE BREAKTHROUGH!!! 1-0 BARCA!! The Catalan club break the deadlock and who else but Messi gets the goal. Dembele opened up the Levante defence with a run into the middle. However, he and Suarez were unable to forge a way through to goal. Vidal ensured that the visitors could not break out and he forced the ball towards Messi. The forward took one touch to control before placing his strike into the bottom corner, beating the hand of Aitor.
60' WIDE! Dembele collects in space on the left flank and he cuts inside to bend a right-footed strike towards the target that flashes wide of the post.
59' Rochina releases Morales into acres of space down the left flank and he brings the ball forward into the box. However, the winger loses out to Pique at the vital moment, spurning a glorious opportunity.
58' Vezo brings down Messi on the charge and he goes into the book.
57' WIDE! Rakitic pounces on a loose ball on the edge of the box and he carves out space for a strike. He connects sweetly with his right-footed attempt which sails inches past the post.
56' Rochina is booked for a late challenge on Rakitic.
55' Suarez is the next player to make a run at the Levante backline. He sends a low cross into the middle, but Luna is there to clear ahead of Messi in the penalty area.
53' Alba surges down the left flank and he looks for Suarez in the middle, but his cross to the near post just evades the Uruguayan on the stretch.
52' Messi tries to weave his way through the Levante defence, but the visitors hold firm as Vezo makes the challenge. Suarez keeps the attack alive, although his cross is cleared behind for a corner.
48' Messi turns in the final third and he offloads towards Dembele on the left flank. The Frenchman tries to pick out Suarez in the middle, but his low cross is cleared away.
46' We're back underway at Camp Nou.
Morales replaces Simon for the visitors.
Here comes Messi for Barca as he replaces Coutinho at the break.
Levante are still in the game at the interval, but they've offered next to nothing in the final third. The way Barcelona are playing they will find a goal sooner or later. The visitors are going to have to venture out to try to ease the pressure on their backline in the second half.
45' Rakitic rises to head another Barcelona free-kick towards goal, but he sends his effort from Dembele's cross comfortably over the bar.
44' Campana heads the free-kick behind for a corner. Barca cannot threaten from the second set-piece as the visitors edge closer towards reaching the break with parity.
43' Vukcevic slides in on Semedo, and although he wins the ball, the referee awards Barca a free-kick on the right flank.
40' Suarez probes on the edge of the Levante box and gets brought down by Coke with an outstreched leg. The referee awards a free-kick to the home side in a great position.
38' The visitors are holding firm against the league leaders. Barca have been knocking at the door, but have not managed to breach it yet.
35' Suarez and Vidal attempt to combine through the middle, but the throughball from the Chilean is cut out by Pier.
30' Rochina has space in the final third and he looks to clip the ball over the top for Mayoral, but the two players are not on the same page.
28' Coutinho takes up another good position on the edge of the box. He pulls the trigger on another right-footed effort, only to place his attempt straight at Aitor.
25' Coutinho weaves his way into space down the left inside channel and he goes for a strike at goal, but Aitor gets down to make the low stop.
24' Dembele releases Semedo down the right flank and he fires a low ball across the face of goal. Vezo goes to clear the danger, but slices his clearance. Fortunately for the Levante defender, he gets a second opportunity to complete the clearance.
22' BLOCK! Semedo ventures forward and cuts inside on the edge of the box to shoot on his left foot. However, he cannot force his drive through a crowd of players on the edge of the box.
18' Barca have been stymied after their brisk start to the contest. Levante are putting men behind the ball to quell Suarez and company in the final third.
16' Alba hooks a cross into the box from the left flank. Dembele lines up the cross, but he fails to pull the trigger before a foul by Vidal ends the Barca attack.
14' Rakitic brings down Mayoral with a sliding challenge and he goes into the book after failing to win the ball.
12' Dembele uses his pace down the right inside channel to get the better of Luna, but his cutback into the middle is cleared by Pier.
10' Mayoral makes a neat turn in the Barca half and he draws the foul from Lenglet.
8' Barca have enjoyed a fast start to the game, but the visitors have managed to hold firm for now.
3' Suarez lines up another strike - this time from the edge of the box - but his effort is claimed with ease by Aitor.
1' We're underway at Camp Nou.
LEVANTE SUBS: Roger Marti, Enis Bardhi, Oier Olazabal, Jose Luis Morales, Erick Cabaco, Pedro Lopez, Raphael Dwamena.
LEVANTE (4-2-3-1): Aitor Fernandez; Coke, Ruben Vezo, Rober Pier, Antonio Luna; Jose Campana, Nikola Vukcevic; Jason, Ruben Rochina, Moses Simon; Borja Mayoral.
BARCELONA SUBS: Sergio Busquets, Lionel Messi, Jasper Cillessen, Malcom, Sergi Roberto, Carles Alena, Samuel Umtiti.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Arthur; Ousmane Dembele, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho.
Levante are not safe from the relegation zone, sitting only three points above Girona in 18th place. The club ended a five-game winless run last time out with an emphatic peformance, defeating Real Betis 4-0 on home soil. Their triumph pulled them clear of trouble for now, but Paco Lopez's still have plenty of work ahead of them in their final four matches.
Barcelona know that a victory will secure the LaLiga crown this evening. The Catalan club head into the clash six points ahead of Atletico Madrid in second place in the table, and a victory along with their edge in head-to-head contests against Diego Simeone's men. Barca have been imperious throughout the term and would be a stunning result if they were to falter at this stage.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the LaLiga clash between Barcelona and Levante at Camp Nou.


M. ter Stegen
Nélson Semedo
Borja Mayoral
I. Rakitić
Philippe Coutinho
M. Simon
L. Suárez
O. Dembélé
Rúben Vezo
C. Lenglet
Rubén Rochina
N. Vukčević
Jordi Alba
A. Vidal
Aitor Fernández

Additional info

Roberto Díaz
Fourth official
Pedro Sureda

Match Stats

Barcelona Levante
51 Attacks (Dangerous) 33
6 Corners 3
17 Fouls 12
12 Free Kicks 18
6 Goal Kicks 13
1 Offsides 0
2 Shots (blocked) 2
8 Shots (off target) 3
11 Shots (on target) 4
1 Shots (woodwork) 1
19 Throw Ins 15

Regular Season

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Camp Nou

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