Sunday November 25, 2012 Day 13 Finished Ciudad de Valencia

Levante UD 0 - 4 FC Barcelona

  • Messi 47’, 52’
  • Iniesta 57’
  • Fàbregas 63’

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    • Levante UD
    • FC Barcelona
    • 90+2' FULL TIME: Barcelona truthfully walked this game after Levante had provided stubborn resistance. Messi and Iniesta were sublime and took Barca back to the top of La Liga with a three point cushion over Atletico.
    • 90' Barca take a short corner and Pedro whips it in but there are no teammates in the box.
    • 89' Pedro has tried to take on Juanfran at every opportunity but this time the defender gets the better of him. Levante clear but the ball is inevitably back with Barca.
    • 88' Penalty saved by Valdes as Barkero tamely hits the ball down the middle.
    • 87' Penalty to Levante. Puyol is yellow carded for handball in giving awya the penalty but it seems soft.
    • 86' A loose pass from Messi means Pedro does not get a shot on goal and is instead forced to chase back Juanfran who cut out the pass.
    • 85' The ball is not cleared from the free kick and as the ball is cut back to the edge of the area by Barkero, Juanfran blazes the ball over the bar under no pressure.
    • 83' Barca give the ball away and give away a free kick as Angel dribbles past Adriano.
    • 82' Iniesta forages again down the left hand side but is aunable to produce the quality he did earlier and the ball goes out for a goal kick.
    • 81' Barcelona again building from the back and are comfortable with the scoreline as it is.
    • 80' The corner comes to nothing as three Levante players are offside from the header that is flicked goalwards.
    • 79' Puyol concedes a corner as Levante try to get some pride back in this match.
    • 77' Xavi comes off for Thiago fllowing Alba's withdrawal for Adriano.
    • 76' Need it be said again, Barcelona have controlled this match and continue to do so. Levante have rallied a little and are trying to press Barca back into their own half with some success.
    • 73' Levante have struggled to even touch the ball in the last few minutes as Barca pressure high up the pitch when they do.
    • 70' Barcelona do not know when a game is won and continue to pour forward.
    • 69' Messi went in on goal but his first touch wasn't good and Munua was able to get out at him. He had a second chance to shoot but elected to pass to Pedro who could not get his shot away.
    • 68' Martins comes off for Angel Rodriguez.
    • 67' Pedro cuts inside two players and into the penalty areas but his curling shot doesn't curl enough and goes wide.
    • 66' Martins finds himself sprinting in on goal but as Pique catches him up, the striker lets fly low to Valdes' left but the keeper is equal to the shot.
    • 65' The game just gets easier for this team. It seems like Puyol and Pique have all the time in the world as Levante have tired from chasing shadows all evening.
    • 63' Another goal from the left hand side as Fabregas and Iniesta play a one-two inside the penalty area. Fabregas' first touch takes it round Munua and his second slots the ball home from a tight angle.
    • 62' El Zhar comes off for Pedro Rios. The winger has barely had a look in and must be knackered from all the tracking back.
    • 62' Barcelona still with the ball and it looks as if Levante are simply chasing shadows.
    • 59' Xavi tries an eye-of-the-needle pass to Pedro through the middle but it is just too heavy for the winger to latch on to and Munua gathers.
    • 58' As has been said, Barcelona are at complete ease. Levante look demoralised as Pedro runs at Juanfran but this time the defender wins the battle.
    • 56' Iniesta with an absolute screamer from the edge of the area. He accelerates inside the full back and hammers the ball to the top corner. No chance Munua and that is probably game.
    • 55' Barcelona are at ease. Xavi and Iniesta are controlling the game and Levante are struggling to get near them.
    • 53' Levante have to come out and attack Barcelona now but it seems there is so much space for Barca to exploit.
    • 52' Lionel Messi again finishes for Barca after Iniesta gets to the byline after ghosting past the full back and cuts back to the Argentine to finish neatly in the bottom corner.
    • 51' From the throw, the ball is cleared to the edge of the area and Barkero watches the ball on to his left foot but his powerful volleys flys past Valdes' post and wide.
    • 50' Diop finds himself sprinting clear of Alba but his first touch slows the break. He cuts the ball back but Busquets gets there first and clears.
    • 49' Barcelona maintain possession easily straight from kick off.
    • 47' A fantastic pass from Iniesta slices the Levante drefence open and Messi scampers into the box and dinks the ball beautifully over Munua to score his 81st goal of 2012.
    • 46' KICK OFF! Levante will hope to replicate their first half performance but BArca will only be happy with three points to put themselves clear of Atletico Madrid.
    • 45+1' HALF TIME. Barcelona have dominated possession but Levante have been really difficult to break down. Only twice towards the end of the half have Barca got in behind but neither of the crosses could find a BArca player to score. The best chance of the half though goes to Barkero whose shot was well saved by Valdes.
    • 45' Barcelona obviously with more possession but cannot seem to find there way past this stubborn Levante defence. A loose pass sees Juanfran get to the ball first and is tripped by the on-rushing Montoya.
    • 43' Iniesta is found wide left. He drifts into the penalty area and goes past Lell but his cross is found only by a Levante defender who clears for a corner.
    • 42' Pique with a free header from the corner but does not get enough on the ball and it goes wide of the far post.
    • 41' Fantastic football between Iniesta and Messi. Iniesta back heels to Alba who storms down the left and his pull back is punted for a corner.
    • 40' Barcelona now back ino Levante's half and enjoying possession but Levante break again through Diop on the right. His pass to Martins is cut out by Pique after a poor first touch.
    • 39' The resulting corner goes to the far post and Juanfran volleys towards goal but it goes wide. Martins is only a few inches from turning the ball goalwards as it flashes past him.
    • 38' Juanfran crosses into a dangerous area as Zhar lurks at the far post. Alba intelligently heads the ball behind for a corner.
    • 36' Soft free kick is given to Barcelona from a wide left position as Xavi is outmuscled by Juanlu. The referee deemed it a foul despite the protests from the Levante players and crowd.
    • 35' Levante again try and break quickly but the pass to Juanlu is not good enough and possession is gift-wrapped back to Barcelona.
    • 34' Patient build-up from Barcelona sees Alba find himself at the Levante byline. His cross is blocked froma sliding tackle and goes out for a corner.
    • 33' It is just that final one-two that is letting Barcelona down. Another one this time between Messi and Iniesta is collected by Munua as the final passage is over-hit.
    • 32' Levante continue to defend stoutly but are finding retaining any possession really difficult.
    • 31' Levante get the ball through Barkero who finds Martins. He plays the ball on the outside to Juanlu who nutmegs Pique. The cross finds BArkero in the area but the attacking midfielder cannot adjust his feet quickly enough and his volley went harmlessly over the bar.
    • 30' Barcelona with more greta intricate play finds Messi on the edge of the area. He tries to loft a pass over the defender but the ball is headed clear. Xavi volleys the loose ball towards goal but Munua gets everything behind it and catches with ease.
    • 28' More intricate play from Barca on the left hand side. Iniesta to Alba back to Iniesta who finds Fabregas but his one-two with Messi is cut out and cleared. Brilliant stuff.
    • 27' Xavi plays a long diagonal to Pedro running in behind Juanfran but the experienced defender steps up in time to catch the winger offside.
    • 26' Juanfran protects the ball back to the goalkeeper Munua who clatters his own defender. Luckily he gets up after minimal treatment.
    • 25' Need it be said, Barcelona with all the possession but Levante get a toe in and try to break. The ball is lost to Messi who drives at the defenders before playing a deft little ball inside to Iniesta but the Spaniard could not latch on to the pass.
    • 23' Juanlu looks to break but gives the ball away to Xavi who inevitably finds Iniesta. Barcelona play the ball about and finds Xavi on the edge of the area but his shot goes wide.
    • 22' Brilliant switch of play from Xavi finds Pedro free on the right who plays it into Messi. The Argentine superstar drops his shoulder and skips past two defenders before firing with his left foot just wide of the right hand post.
    • 21' Barcelona with more and more possession in good areas sees Montoya storming down the right to latch on to a pass but Juanfran leans into the young full back and eases the ball out for a goal kick.
    • 20' Break from Levante through Juanlu who crosses to find Zhar but Alba manages to get in front and flick the ball clear before the winger could head towards goal.
    • 19' A lovely flick from Xavi finds Messi who plays the ball into Iniesta. His first time cross is barely controlled by Messi and the ball runs through to the keeper.
    • 18' Xavi tries a long straight pass over the top of the Levante back four for Messi to run on to but it goes too long and is met by Munua easily.
    • 17' Levante have weathered the early Barca storm and look far more comfortable than the early minutes of this game.
    • 16' Barcelona enjoy more possession but as Alba tries to take on the full back he is blocked off. The referee didn't give a free-kick and Levante clear.
    • 14' Alves looks like he has injured himself and Barca are forced to bring on young full back Montoya early in this game.
    • 13' The resulting corner finds Juanfran but his header goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 12' Messi gives the ball away and Levante break through Juanlu who crosses but neither Puyol or Alba can clear. Barkero picks the ball up on the edge of the area and strikes it left footed. Valdes is forced to tip it over the bar for a corner.
    • 11' Iniesta with some excellent close control sees him go past two players with ease and he clips the ball to the far post but no teammate could meet the cross.
    • 9' Great pass from Diop sees Martins destroy Puyol for pace but Pique comes across to cover.
    • 8' Levante build their first attack through real possession rather than a break but it is quickly snuffed out by Busquets and Pique.
    • 7' More possession from Barcelona but this time Levante can break but the pass to Martins is too far ahead of him on the right wing and it goes out for a Barca throw in.
    • 6' Martins takes on Busquets in the centre of midfield and as he gets away from the midfielder, the outstretched leg of the Spaniard brings down Martins for a free-kick.
    • 5' A clash between Busquets and the Levante attacker is waved on by the referee and Valdes picks up the loose ball. Barca again build an attack.
    • 4' A glimmer of a break for Levante but the pass from Barkero was too strong and the ball went out for a Barca throw.
    • 3' Barcelona continue to dominate the ball. Levante are happy to keep their shape and plug the gaps as Barcelona try and carve them open.
    • 2' To the surprise of no-one, Barcelona have started with most of the possession. Pedro has enjoyed the ball down the right and tries to play a one-two with Alves but the full-back started his run too early and is flagged offside.
    • 1' KICK OFF! Levante do the honours in their blue and red home kit. Barcelona will shoot from right to left in their changed orance and yellow kit.
    • 19:55 Can Levante topple the mighty Barcelona to continue their rich vein of form? Let me know your thoughts on Twitter. Follow George Pavlou on Twitter here.
    • - TEAMS Levante: Munua, Juanfran, Navarro, Ballesteros, Lell, Diop, Iborra, Zhar, Barkero, Juanlu, Martins SUBS: Michel, Angel, Rios, Garcia, Rodas, Karabelas, Navas /// Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Puyol, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Fabregas, Pedro, Messi SUBS: Thiago, Song, Tello, Adriano, Montoya, Mascherano, Pinto.
    • - Lionel Messi is set to compete with Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d'Or again, but insists there is no animosity between the two of them. Messi: There is no rivalry with Ronaldo
    • - Striker David Villa has an ankle problem and will miss out, but Thiago Alcantara and Adriano Correia have both returned to the squad after injury. Team news coming up. Villa out of Levante clash
    • - Welcome to live text commentary from the Liga match between Levante and Barcelona at the Ciudad de Valencia.
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    Manager: Juan Ignacio Martínez

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