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Levante 0-5 Barcelona

Levante v Barcelona
Lionel Messi has scored three goals in four La Liga matches this season

Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a crushing victory over Levante as Luis Enrique's team continued their perfect start to the season.

Messi set up Neymar to give the visitors the lead before missing a first-half penalty after he was fouled by Loukas Vyntra, who was sent off.

Barcelona doubled their lead through Ivan Rakitic, before Messi's pass allowed Sandro Ramirez to make it 3-0.

Pedro made it 4-0 and Messi added a fifth as Barcelona went top of La Liga.

Magic Messi
Lionel Messi has been directly involved in more goals than any other player in La Liga this season (three goals, four assists)

Sevilla had earlier leapfrogged Barca after a 3-1 win at Cordoba.

But the 22-time champions of Spain went two points clear at the summit after their biggest win since Enrique took charge in the summer.

The Catalans have won all four league games, scoring 11 times, and have yet to concede.

They also edged past Apoel Nicosia 1-0 in the Champions League group stage on 17 September.

Neymar
Neymar has scored three goals in his last two La Liga appearances

This win was every bit as comfortable as the scoreline suggests, although there was one moment of concern when Neymar landed awkwardly after a challenge.

The Brazil forward eventually climbed to his feet before being helped off the pitch with what appeared to be an ankle problem.

However, the injury is not thought to be serious, with Neymar clearly disappointed that he was not allowed to continue.

Barcelona are next in action on Wednesday when they travel to mid-table Malaga, while Sevilla entertain Real Sociedad on the same evening.

Levante v Barcelona
Levante were forced to play with 10 men for 50 minutes after Vyntra (left) was sent off for fouling Messi
Lionel Messi
Messi has now failed to score four penalties in La Liga
Levante v Barcelona
Rakitic scored his first goal for Barcelona since joining from Sevilla
Levante v Barcelona
Ramirez, 19, has scored two goals in three La Liga games this season
Levante v Barcelona
Pedro (centre) scored two hat-tricks in La Liga for Barcelona last season
Lionel Messi
Messi was all smiles after making up for his penalty miss with Barcelona's fifth goal

Line-ups

Levante

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Fernández Collado
  • 19López Muñoz
  • 6VyntraBooked at 41mins
  • 5Rodas
  • 3García Aranda
  • 23DiopSubstituted forSissokoat 61'minutes
  • 24Mate Junior
  • 26Camarasa
  • 11Morales NogalesBooked at 39minsSubstituted forIvanschitzat 58'minutes
  • 18Casadesús Castaño
  • 7BarralSubstituted forGarcía Santosat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8El Zhar
  • 10García Santos
  • 13Mariño
  • 17Xumetra
  • 20Pérez Alonso
  • 21Ivanschitz
  • 22Sissoko

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Bravo
  • 22Alves da Silva
  • 14MascheranoBooked at 36mins
  • 18Alba
  • 24Mathieu
  • 4Rakitic
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 43minsSubstituted forHernándezat 62'minutes
  • 8IniestaSubstituted forRoberto Carnicerat 71'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 7Pedro
  • 11NeymarSubstituted forRamírezat 51'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Montoya
  • 3Piqué
  • 6Hernández
  • 20Roberto Carnicer
  • 29Ramírez
  • 31El Haddadi
Referee:
José Luis González González
Attendance:
22,177

Match Stats

Home TeamLevanteAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home25%
Away75%
Shots
Home9
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Levante 0, Barcelona 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Levante 0, Barcelona 5.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Sergi Roberto (Barcelona).

  4. Post update

    Mohamed Sissoko (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dani Alves (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pedro.

  6. Post update

    Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Toño (Levante).

  8. Post update

    Offside, Barcelona. Ivan Rakitic tries a through ball, but Dani Alves is caught offside.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Levante 0, Barcelona 5. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rubén García (Levante) left footed shot from long range on the right is blocked. Assisted by Pedro López.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Pedro (Barcelona).

  13. Post update

    Simao (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Levante. Rubén García replaces David Barral.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto replaces Andrés Iniesta.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Casadesús (Levante) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Barcelona. Andrés Iniesta tries a through ball, but Dani Alves is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Barcelona. Andrés Iniesta tries a through ball, but Jordi Alba is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Levante. Pedro López tries a through ball, but Casadesús is caught offside.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Levante 0, Barcelona 4. Pedro (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordi Alba.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 21st September 2014

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona44001101112
2Sevilla431083510
3Atl Madrid42206428
4Granada42204228
5Valencia32107257
6Villarreal42116337
7Real Madrid420213856
8Celta Vigo41308626
9Eibar42024316
10Almería41214405
11Malaga412135-25
12Real Sociedad41127704
13Elche411248-44
14Dep La Coruña4112612-64
15Ath Bilbao410334-13
16Getafe310225-33
17Rayo Vallecano402269-32
18Espanyol402258-32
19Córdoba402237-42
20Levante4013010-101
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