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Levante v Barcelona Live Commentary, 14/5/18

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5 - 4
LEV
BAR
E. Boateng (9)
E. Boateng (30)
E. Bardhi (46)
E. Boateng (49)
E. Bardhi (56)
Philippe Coutinho (38)
Philippe Coutinho (59)
Philippe Coutinho (64)
L. Suárez (71 pen)
Estadio Ciudad de Valencia

Commentary

They'll sing songs about this one in years to come in Levante. They travel to Celta Vigo next week to finish off their campaign - and if they can turn in a performance anywhere in the wheelhouse of this one, it'll be something to watch. As for Barcelona? They will look to bounce back from their first league loss of the season against Real Sociedad in their final game of the season, when they will be awarded the LaLiga trophy. Until then however, thank you for joining us - and have a great week!
What a game. What. A. Game. Barcelona came to the Ciutat de Valencia looking to add the gloss of an unbeaten season to their championship title. Instead, they leave defeated for the first time in the league this year in a game that will live long in the memory. Levante - who for so long flirted with relegation during their campaign - have triumphed with the most stunning of victories. The visitors lose for the first time in 400 days in LaLiga; full-time, it finishes Levante 5-4 Barcelona.
Jordi Alba
Yellow Card
Barcelona
90' + 5' Yellow card Jordi Alba Ramos
90' + 5' Pazzini puts the free-kick long - and the referee blows his whistle! Levante erupts in joy as the team punch the air in celebration and whoop - they have dealt Barcelona their first defeat in the 2017-18 LaLiga season with the most stunning of victories!
Y. Mina
Yellow Card
Barcelona
90' + 4' Now Mina gets a booking as he comes in with a slide tackle behind Pazzini on halfway. The clock is ticking away...
Piqué
Yellow Card
Barcelona
90' + 3' Pique is furious with the call, and Levante are in no hurry to restart. Time is running out for Barcelona.
G. Pazzini
Yellow Card
Levante
90' + 3' Olazabal is fouled at the free-kick by Pique as the ball sails in; the hosts get a free-kick! Pazzini is also shown a yellow card, though the reasons are unclear.
90' + 2' Alba wins a free-kick 40 yards out on the left for Barca. There can't be many more chances for the champions.
90' Rochina! How on earth did he miss that? The Levante sub comes up one-on-one with Ter Stegen after a botched Barcelona back-pass, and manages to slice it wide to the right from 10 yards out. Four added minutes on the way.
Denis Suárez
Yellow Card
Barcelona
89' Denis Suarez now gets booked for backchat after another penalty call for a handball against Levante is waved away by the referee following Pique's shot being deflected.
L. Suárez
Yellow Card
Barcelona
88' The pair continue to argue after the decision and Postigo is forced to play peacemaker.
J. Lerma
Yellow Card
Levante
88' A double booking now as Lerma and Suarez come together in a tackle just inside the Levante box. No penalty is given but it's a yellow for both men.
87' Barcelona have scored 22 goals in the last 10 minutes of LaLiga games this season; there is a precedent for this kind of comeback. Can Levante hold on for these last few minutes?
Rochina
Morales
Levante
85' It's a standing ovation for Morales too as the Levante hero departs the Ciutat de Valencia turf. Rubin Rochina is his replacement.
83' Levante defend back-to-back corners from Barca now and then counter smartly themselves down the left. Pazzini can't hook back a long delivery from Bardhi though and the champions go straight back into the hosts' half. Truly end-to-end stuff.
81' The champions do enough to clear the danger, but Morales is then allowed to cut back into the back-line all too easily, though his throughball finish finds only Ter Stegen.
79' Mina is pressured into a corner by Lerma now and Levante mass up to the Barca box, looking to rebuild that slender lead.
G. Pazzini
E. Boateng
Levante
77' Boateng has picked up a knock in back-play and the hat-trick scoring hero will leave for the hosts. Giampaolo Pazzini is his replacement.
76' Luis Suarez thinks he should have a corner - but the referee instead flags him for inside after Denis Suarez's shot found him lurking near the left post in the Levante box.
74' Suarez nearly grabs a second; he puts a Coutinho cross over the bar with a header from six yards out as Barca continue to hammer at the increasingly fragile Levante back-line. This is not a game that anyone will pick over for a defensive masterclass, that is for certain.
L. Suárez
Penalty Goal
Barcelona
71' And Luis Suarez to score! Nine goals in 71 minutes in what is one of the craziest games you will ever see in a top division anywhere in the world. The Barca man sticks it high as Olazabal goes low to the right and the champions trail 5-4.
Campaña
Yellow Card
Levante
70' Campana is very unhappy with the decision and remonstrates loudly with the officials - for which he then gets a yellow card for dissent. Luis Suarez to take...
70' Penalty to Barcelona! Busquets goes to ground with a theatrical flourish and rolls around in a crowded box; the referee singles out Boateng for the foul and points to the spot to howls of outrage.
J. Lerma
Roger Martí
Levante
69' Marti is off for the hosts now and Jefferson Lerma takes his place.
Sergio Busquets
Yellow Card
Barcelona
65' This is pure entertainment. Busquets gets a booking now as he slides in behind Bardhi with a bone-crunching tackle; the referee goes straight to his pocket and produces a yellow.
Sergio Busquets
Assist
Barcelona
64' Busquets delivered that free-kick quickly and though Levante's defence were fluid enough to react, Coutinho picked his strike out perfectly. Game on.
Philippe Coutinho
Goal
Barcelona
64' Coutinho has his hat-trick! It's a beauty of a score too, as he gets a set-piece pass from Busquets 20 yards out and turns it into the top-left corner with a glorious strike. Barca are playing the sort of football now that blows teams away - except, remarkably, they still trail by two goals.
Coke
Yellow Card
Levante
62' Coke gets a booking now for a foul on Pique. Discipline is slipping all over the shop.
Paco Alcácer
O. Dembélé
Barcelona
60' Dembele is also off and Paco Alcacer is on for the Champions.
Denis Suárez
Andrés Iniesta
Barcelona
60' A standing ovation for Iniesta as he is replaced by Denis Suarez for Barca, as they look to switch it up going forward. It's going to have to be all-out attack for the champions to pull this one back.
Philippe Coutinho
Goal
Barcelona
59' Now Coutinho gets his second for the champions! This is an absolute goal-fest. The ex-Liverpool man bundles in a mis-hit clearance inside the six-yard box and Barca have their first score of the half. Could there just be a comeback on the cards?
Roger Martí
Assist
Levante
56' Marti's assist came from another breakdown at the back from the Barca defence, this time as Semedo is caught out on the fringes.
E. Bardhi
Goal
Levante
56' 5-1 to Levante! It's turning into a rout as Bardhi gets his second with the coolest of finishes. The winger meets Marti's throughball just inside the box and puts it into the top-left corner with a deft touch to roars around the Ciutat de Valencia. This is truly remarkable stuff.
54' Now Morales misses a chance for Levante to give them a four-goal lead; the captain slips into the Barcelona box past Alba on the right and turns a tight strike in that brushes the side netting.
52' This is a crazy start to the second half. Barca have sparked into life all of a sudden and are throwing all they've got at the Levante defence. Suarez slots a low effort after stepping round Luna on the right; Olazabal drops to scoop it up at the near-post.
51' Busquets goes down inside the opposition half under pressure from Boateng and gets a free-kick as a result.
Luna
Assist
Levante
49' Boateng may have just been a shade offside in collecting Luna's pass but that will be scant consolation to Barca. They trail by three goals.
E. Boateng
Goal
Levante
49' Boateng gets his hat-trick! Oh my word, this is absolutely outrageous. Levante have taken the expected script and torn it to shreds with a superb attacking performance. The striker meets a low throughball from Luna on the left out on the right, steps calmly into the box and slots it into the far bottom corner. Pure madness; Levante lead the champions 4-1.
48' Levante are caught offside as they go hunting a fourth, with Marti caught offside as he tries to track down Postigo's throughball. The visitors are all at sea in their own half.
Campaña
Assist
Levante
46' Campana was the architect of that goal with an excellent break from the restart and Levante are fully deserving of that lead. Barca don't look like they've fully woken up from half-time so far. 
E. Bardhi
Goal
Levante
46' Levante restore their two-goal lead inside 30 seconds! Enis Bardhi strikes an absolute peach of a ball into the top-right corner from 22 yards out on the back of a Campana break and square pass. Barcelona are shell-shocked. What a score!
46' We're back underway at Ciutat de Valencia; will Levante cling onto their one-goal lead? Or will Barcelona find their feet to brush past them as they have with so many others?
It's been a remarkable first-half from the hosts as, two games from going the season unbeaten, Barcelona trail by a goal against Levante. A brace for Emmanuel Boateng gave his side a much-deserved lead against a surprisingly frazzled showing from the champions - but a Philippe Coutinho score seven minutes from the break means that it still very much hangs in the balance. At half-time, it's Levante 2-1 Barcelona.
45' Down the other end, the hosts think they have a great shout for a penalty too, after Pique appeared to accidentally hand-ball a deflection; it is waved away by the officials too and a moment later, the whistle goes for half-time.
44' Semedo hurls himself to the floor as he tries to intercept a clearance in the Levante box; no penalty is forthcoming for Barca however.
42' Semedo goes for goal from 30 yards out on the right; Olazabal bobbles his save but recollects in time.
40' Levante look to respond immediately, with Coke threading a neat pass behind the Barca back-line to find Boateng; the flag goes up for offside though and the visitors get a free-kick.
L. Suárez
Assist
Barcelona
38' Suarez gets the assist but most of the work came from Pique who has brought a much-needed burst of urgency to the visitors since coming on.
Philippe Coutinho
Goal
Barcelona
38' Barcelona pull one back! Coutinho delivers a stunning finish from 20 yards out after Pique and Suarez play an intricate one-two around the edge of the Levante box and the lurking defence. The visitors needed that one before the interval; it's back to a one-goal game.
E. Boateng
Yellow Card
Levante
37' Boateng gets a yellow too as replays show that he appeared to grab Mina's face in the aftermath.
36' Mina goes down under pressure from Boateng as the pair leap for a high ball; he wins a free-kick for the visitors.
34' Barca create a half-chance through Suarez a moment later, but he is pinged for offside as he tries to take in Rakitic's pass.
33' Lukic wins a free-kick in his own half as a tussle for Suarez for the ball sees the latter bring the former down.
Piqué
T. Vermaelen
Barcelona
31' Gerard Pique now arrives to plug the gap left by Vermaelen but the damage has been done. Barca need two to keep their unbeaten status alive - and whilst they clearly have the talent, they don't appear to have the initiative right now.
E. Boateng
Goal
Levante
30' Oh my word, Levante have a second! Boateng is in again, as Lukic exposes the gap in Barcelona's back-line where Vermaelen should be to put the striker through. He manages to steer himself around Ter Stegen, bodychecks Semedo's tackle and taps in from five yards out. The hosts are 2-0 up against the champions.
29' Barca swing it in but a foul in the box by Suarez ensures a free-kick to Levante before any danger can manifest itself.
28' Vermaelen goes down with a freak tumble after he and Postigo both overstep the same ball near the edge of the Levante box. The visitors get the free-kick but it looks like the Belgian defender will play no further part in this game.
26' Dembele goes down under pressure from Pier inside the Levante box, but the referee waves away half-hearted calls for a penalty and the hosts get the goal-kick.
25' It's a set-piece lacking in venom, as is its follow-up corner and Levante clear as far as halfway without serious trouble.
23' Luna is pressured out near the goal-mouth and Barca have a corner.
E. Bardhi
Yellow Card
Levante
22' Bardhi now sees yellow as he clips Semedo clumsily to the ground.
21' Barca are able to counter swiftly from the free-kick though and thread a great move together down the wing that has potential; until Suarez's last pass into the box is a lazy cross straight to Olazabal.
T. Vermaelen
Yellow Card
Barcelona
20' Vermaelen slides across Boateng and brings the forward down; the Barca man is shown a yellow card for his troubles.
18' Barca defend it well, only to concede a free-kick 40 yards out on the left wing within their own half. Campana whips it in with an excellent touch and Pier catches it on the volley - but it goes straight to Ter Stegen and the keeper clears for the visitors.
16' Corner to Levante now after Alba is forced to put the ball dead under pressure from Marti.
14' Mina brings down Marti in the Levante half and the hosts win a free-kick as a result.
13' Coutinho flies into the Levante box looking to equalise and is caught offside as he tracks down a Rakitic pass.
11' They nearly make it two! Bardhi hits the woodwork as, on the back of another Levante break from the restart, he looks to lift a throughball over Ter Stegen. A poor finish, but Barca are in a state of confusion around their defensive line.
Morales
Assist
Levante
9' Morales carved a great run through an unusually placid Barca back-line there. Levante have sprung an early surprise - but can they hold onto it?
E. Boateng
Goal
Levante
9' And they score! Levante take a surprising lead after all that Barca pressure! Emmanuel Boateng is the man who meets Jose Luis Morales' flat cross close to the line on the left and bundles it in with an ad-hoc fly-kick. The home crowd erupts; the underdogs have their noses in front.
8' Levante get a free-kick in the opposition half now after Rakitic fouls Lukic, and the hosts finally encroach into opposition territory.
6' Barca's set-piece taks a rebound off the wall to the feet of Rakitic. He lobs a cross in for Mina who heads wide to the left - but the flag is up for offside and Levante get a free-kick in their own box.
5' Free-kick to Barca now as Coutinho is fouled 20 yards out slightly to the left of centre by Postigo. Dangerous territory for Levante...
4' Postigo concedes a corner to the visitors, yet Barcelona are unable to maintain pressure and Pier ferries it away from trouble for the hosts.
2' Dembele cuts inside off the right after another Busquets pass and goes for goal from just outside the box; his shot just arcs over the crossbar at the apex of its flight.
1' We're underway in Valencia as Barcelona look to take the penultimate step towards an unbeaten domestic season. It is the visitors who press first; Busquets breaks down the left and squares a cross into the box for Dembele, only for it to skip behind the striker and to the feet of Luna.
The teams are out at Ciutat de Valencia and we're moments away from kick-off.
Luis Suarez has scored in each of his three league games versus Levante, with all three coming from inside the area, with assists by different players (Adriano Correia, Lionel Messi and Sergi Roberto).
Ernesto Valverde has only lost one of his 14 managerial league meetings with Levante (W8 D5) - just the first, in November 2004.
Of the teams Barcelona faced at least 20 times in their history in La Liga, Levante (23 times) are the team they have lost to the least often.
Subs: Gerard Pique, Jasper Cillessen, Paco Alcacer, Denis Suarez, Paulinho, Lucas Digne, Andre Gomes
BARCELONA (4-4-2): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Jordi Alba, Yerry Mina, Nelson Semedo, Thomas Vermaelen; Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Philippe Coutinho, Andres Iniesta; Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele
Subs: Erick Cabaco, Fahad Al Muwallad, Ivan Villar, Pedro Lopez, Giampaolo Pazzini, Ruben Rochina, Jefferson Lerma
LEVANTE (4-4-2):Oier Olazabal; Antonio Luna, Sergio Postigo, Rober Pier, Coke; José Campana, Sasa Lukic, Enis Bardhi, Jose Luis Morales; Roger Marti, Emmanuel Boateng
As for Levante, they are without left-back Tono and midfielder Chieck Doukoure, who are both sidelined through injury; Rober Pier and Roger Marti both come into the side who defeated Leganes 3-0 last time out.
Team news now and the big news from the visitors is that Lionel Messi is rested. The Argentinian has been in superb form once more for Barca this season – and with only two domestic games before the World Cup, will be looking to keep himself injury-free ahead of the tournament in Russia. Sergio Roberto remains absent on the back of suspension for the Blaugranas too.
The hosts have dabbled with the drop this year but a run of four consecutive league wins has carried them to safety in impressive fashion and helped them avoid a straight return to the second tier. Vice-captain Jose Luis Morales has been their danger-man; his haul of nine goals has taken him ahead of David Barral as the club's all-time top scorer in LaLiga, with 19.
Barca have enjoyed near-unprecedented dominance in LaLiga this season, and Levante face a huge challenge in overcoming their potent attack and defence; the hosts have only ever managed a single top-flight win against the champions, a 5-1 victory over half a century ago, in October 1964.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the final game of the penultimate weekend of the 2017-18 LaLiga season as champions Barcelona look to take one more step to finishing their campaign unbeaten with a win against Levante. Ernesto Valverde's men have conquered all domestically this season – can they add a little more gloss to an already fantastic campaign?