Levante Ensure Barcelona Aren’t Invincible Afterall

Unheralded Ghanaian forward Emmanuel Boateng was the hero for home side as he doubled his tally of goals in Spain’s top flight with a hat-trick. Ending Barcelona’s bid to complete an unbeaten LaLiga season in astonishing circumstances, Ernesto Valverde’s champions collapsing to a 5-4 defeat at Levante on penultimate game of the season. Boateng’s initial […]

Unheralded Ghanaian forward Emmanuel Boateng was the hero for home side as he doubled his tally of goals in Spain’s top flight with a hat-trick.

Ending Barcelona’s bid to complete an unbeaten LaLiga season in astonishing circumstances, Ernesto Valverde’s champions collapsing to a 5-4 defeat at Levante on penultimate game of the season.

Boateng’s initial first-half strikes were pegged back by Philippe Coutinho but an often wretched Barcelona showing – without the rested Lionel Messi – collapsed into all-out defensive shambles after half-time.

Enis Bardhi, who hit the post in between Levante’s first two goals, found a pair of sublime finishes amid the chaos and Boateng making a claim for the matchball.

Coutinho led the Barca fightback by completing a hat trick of goal of and Luis Suarez’s 71st-minute penalty had Paco Lopez’s men on unsteady legs.

Suarez missed a glorious chance to equalise and Levante full-back Antonio Luna almost put through his own goal but the invincible dream perished at a raucous Ciutat de Valencia.

 

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