Levante UD 1-2 FC Barcelona
La Liga – Day 34 April 14th, 2012 Stadium: Ciutat de Valencia, LevanteTwo goals from Leo Messi (who now has 63 goals this season) in reply to an early penalty opener from Barkero gave FC Barcelona the win against Levante. They are still four points behind Real Madrid, a week from the Clasico at the Camp Nou The 2011/2012 Spanish League title race is still on as FC Barcelona registered its 11th consecutive win in the Liga to stay in touch with Real Madrid (who had earlier beaten Sporting Gijon 3-1 at Bernabeu). Down 1-0 after Barkero scored a penalty (Hand from Busquets in the box), the Blaugrana were unable to pull level until the hour mark, when the Argentine superstar (brilliantly assisted by Alexis) took over, firing a brilliant strike (m. 64). He scored a penalty 8 minutes later after Cuenca had been pushed over in the box.
Levante UD vs FC Barcelona match statisticsGoals 1-0 m.23 Barkero (penalty) 1-1 m.64 Messi 1-2 m.72 Messi (penalty) Shots on goal Levante: 5 FC Barcelona: 16 Possesion Levante 28% FC Barcelona: 72% Yellow cards Levante: 5 FC Barcelona: 2 Passes (Completed/Attempted) Levante: 205/299 (69%) FC Barcelona: 678/776 (87%) Offsides Levante: 3 FC Barcelona: 1
QuotesPep Guardiola highlighted the difficulty of fighting back after Bakero’s goal. He praised Levante’s impeccable defensive organization.
Levante are one of the worst teams to have to fight back againstLeo Messi added
It was a very difficult ground to play in, but we managed to get a fantastic result