Barcelona vs Levante (1-0)
The result at Camp Nou suggests that Ernesto Valverde’s men sit 9 points before nearest rivals Atletico capital of Spain, against whom they boast a superior head-to-head record, with three games to travel.
And Barca still has the prospect to raise two new trophies, with a Champions League semi-final against metropolis and a Copa del Rey final with Valencia to return.
Valverde’s call to once more leave Messi on the bench, maybe with a watch on Wednesday’s first-leg visit of a metropolis, can have provided some initial comfort to the guests.
But he at the break and created the distinction, showing profligate team-mates Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez the means.
Levante may need to hope for a better outing in Messi’s first-half absence. However, goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez – United Nations agency failed to play in this match – was ironed into significant action double within the gap 5 minutes to repel efforts from Suarez and Coutinho.
The same combine denied once more, Suarez at the close to post and Coutinho with a gilt-edged headed likelihood before the Brazilian affected the crossbar with a free-kick.
Messi reached on for the wasteful Coutinho at the interval and eventually created the breakthrough directly past the hour mark, by Levante failing to clear their lines and therefore the Argentina striker provision a two-touch end from the sting of the six-yard box.
Levante injured into action and Jose Luis Morales ought to have leveled matters shortly when however he skied above the bar with under-worked Marc-Andre ter Stegen left exposed.
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|1||Marc-André ter Stegen|
Barcelona – Levante Match Statistics
|12||Shots on goal||2|
|7||Shots off goal||3|
|14||Shots inside box||5|
|9||Shots outside box||2|
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 27, 2019