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Played
January 29, 2014 4:00 PM EST
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Alberto Undiano‎
Attendance:‬ 25551‎
 
28′ Adriano
Sergi Roberto 9′ (OG)
44′ Carles Puyol
 
 
 
 
Top of the Match
Alexis Sánchez
Alexis Sánchez
FC Barcelona
Alexis Sánchez
Alexis Sánchez
FC Barcelona
Flop of the Match
Javi Jiménez
Javi Jiménez
Levante UD
Javi Jiménez
Javi Jiménez
Levante UD

Barcelona 5-1 Levante (agg. 9-2): Alexis double sees Catalans stroll into semis

The hosts responded to going down in the Copa del Rey last-eight clash by thrashing the visitors at Camp Nou, with Carles Puyol, Adriano and Cesc Fabregas also netting

By Miles Chambers

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Barcelona recovered from going behind early on to stroll past Levante 5-1 to qualify for the last four of the Copa del Rey 9-2 on aggregate.

Loukas Vyntra handed the visitors a shock lead at Camp Nou, but Les Granotes were the inferior side throughout and Adriano leveled on the night with a sweetly-hit curler from 25 yards out.

Barca skipper Carles Puyol scored his first goal of the season on the brink of halftime to restore order in Catalunya before Alexis Sanchez tapped in twice immediately after the break as the visitors crumbled.

The hosts entered cruise control as Levante put on a brave face, with Cesc Fabregas - one of the top performers on the night - adding a fifth before being substituted late in the game.

The Catalans will face either Real Sociedad or Racing Santander in the Copa del Rey semifinals, with a final against either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid the reward of further qualification.

Gerardo Martino opted to drop Lionel Messi to the bench to give the Argentine a rest from first-team action, with a 4-1 win in the first leg having put the Blaugrana in considerable control of the quarterfinal tie.

Despite facing a mammoth task, Levante unexpectedly grabbed a foothold in the tie in the pouring rain at Camp Nou after nine minutes. Vyntra shook off marker Marc Bartra to rise highest following the visitors' first corner of the match, and his header deflected off Sergi Roberto's back and past a motionless Jose Pinto.

An almost empty Camp Nou was momentarily muted, but some relentless attacks soon after paid off when, on 28 minutes, Adriano took a touch outside the area before driving a long shot inside Javi Jimenez's right post.

Joaquin Caparros' side showed little ability to retaliate and was punished with a second goal with halftime two minutes away. Cristian Tello - who scored a hat trick in the first leg - swept a pinpoint corner on to Puyol's head, whose nodded effort skimmed into the back of the net.

Martino's attackers showed no desire of letting Levante off with a one-goal defeat. With 50 minutes gone, Tello played a precise ball through to the onrushing Martin Montoya, whose acutely-angled strike was feebly saved by Jimenez. Alexis, reacting faster than the Granotes' defense, stole in behind the goalkeeper to tap in.

Two minutes later, Alexis scored a second straightforward goal, getting to the ball before Jimenez after Adriano's shot deflected off Vyntra and on to the crossbar.

Fabregas added insult to injury before being brought off, cutting on to his left foot inside the area and sliding his shot past a helpless Jimenez, and the Catalans eased off the gas as they approached the inevitable finish line.


FC Barcelona

13
2.50
2
Montoya
Defender
50′
3.00
5
Carles Puyol
Defender
44′
3.50
15
Bartra
Defender
3.00
21
Adriano
Midfielder
28′
3.50
4
Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
28′ 68′ 69′
4.00
8
3.00
17
Alex Song
Midfielder
40′
3.00
24
Sergi Roberto
Midfielder
9′ 12′
3.00
9
4.00
20
Tello
Striker
44′
3.50

Levante UD

1.50
-
Javi Jiménez
Goalkeeper
2.50
24
2.00
12
2.00
-
2.50
-
2.50
24
Nagore
Defender
2.50
-
Rubén
Midfielder
72′
2.00
7
2.00
14
2.00
-
Camarasa
Midfielder
41′
2.50
-
Ángel
Striker
59′

Substitutes

1
 - 
3
Piqué
Defender
 - 
18
Jordi Alba
Defender
 - 
14
 - 
19
 - 
7
Pedro
Striker
46′
3.00
10
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
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Leandro
Goalkeeper
 - 
19
 - 
-
2.50
6
Pallardó
Midfielder
59′
 - 
2
Expósito
Midfielder
2.50
-
Aloys Nong
Striker
32′
 - 
-

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

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  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
5 0
Cesc Fàbregas Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
Barcelona
4 1
Ángel Di María Ángel Di María
Midfielder
Real Madrid
4 1
Raúl García Raúl García
Midfielder
Atl. Madrid
4 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
3 2