Alexa Barca loses 1-3 to Levante despite Messi goal

Dhaka, Wednesday   13 November 2019


Barca loses 1-3 to Levante despite Messi goal

 Sports Desk

 Published: 10:56 AM, 3 November 2019   Updated: 11:09 AM, 3 November 2019

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Barcelona's seven-game winning streak has come to an end as Levante scored three times in seven second-half minutes to claim a dramatic 3-1 victory in the Spanish league on Saturday. After a solid first half, the Blaugrana completely fell apart in the second, unable to defend and devoid of creativity once they fell behind.  

In First Haf 
From the start Barca established themselves as the dominant force in the game, taking control of possession and forcing a Levante team that looked hungry to press to retreat and defend deep inside their half to try and stop a Barca team with numbers forward and plenty of movement up front to try and break down a solid defense. 

Most of Barca’s good work in the first half came from the left side with the trio of Arthur, Nelson Semedo and Antoine Griezmann constantly looking for each other with Lionel Messi also finding them with smart passes to switch play whenever the ball was on the right flank. Griezmann had his two best chances down that side, and that’s also where the goal came from a beautiful pass from Arthur, smart dummy from Griezmann, and Semedo was fouled inside the box by Miramon.

Penalty to Barca, Messi scores from the spot to give the visitors a deserved lead at halftime. The Blaugrana were dominant and sharp in the first half, and they just needed to finish the job to walk away with a win. 

In Second Half 
Instead of coming out of the halftime break with the same intensity and looking to score more goals Barca looked lethargic and more than happy to keep the ball and not concede the equalizer, which invited Levante forward and really made things tough for the Barca defense who had to face a blitz from the home side. 

It didn’t take long for the Blaugrana defense to crack: just 15 minutes into the half Campana equalized, and just two minutes later he found Borja Mayoral who put his team in front with a great strike from outside the box. To make things worse, Radoja made it 3-1 after a poor clearance from Lenglet gave him a chance to score an ugly volley that deflected off Busquets, and the Barca defense managed to concede three goals in eight minutes.

The rest of the game was about the Blaugrana trying to get back in the game, and they almost did very soon after conceding the third, but Messi had a goal correctly disallowed by VAR for an offside on Griezmann, and that was pretty much it for any meaningful attacking moment by the Catalans who had absolutely zero idea of what to do with the ball in the second half.

The final whistle came to end a pathetic second half performance that led to a deserved loss, and Barca probably won’t top the table anymore. 

Barcelona looks to bounce back when it hosts Slavia Prague in Champions League on Tuesday before a return to La Liga action against Celta Vigo on Saturday, a match which is also at Camp Nou. - Barca Blaugranes