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Neil Johnston

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    It's time to call it a day. Barcelona have seen off Levante in emphatic style and could even afford to miss a penalty. Make no mistake. Luis Enrique means business in his first season in charge of Barca. And soon he'll be able to call on the services of Luis Suarez. Thanks for your company.


    French Ligue 1

    The full-time whistle has just gone in Paris and reigning French champions Paris St-Germain are held for the fourth time in six games as Lyon record a 1-1 draw.

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    Coming up

    Spanish La Liga

    Barcelona are back in La Liga action on Wednesday when they travel to face mid-table Malaga. On the same night reigning champions Atletico Madrid are away to Almeria while Real Madrid are at home to Elche on Tuesday.

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    Elsewhere in Europe

    French Ligue 1

    Monaco 1-0 Guingamp

    Monaco, who lost key Colombian players Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez during the transfer window, finally had something to celebrate as Nabil Dirar's goal earned them a 1-0 home win against Guingamp.

    Lille 0 - 0 Montpellier

    Lens 0 - 1 Saint-Etienne

    Monaco 1 - 0 Guingamp

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    Italian Serie A

    Inter Milan have ground on the leaders in Serie A after being held to a 1-1 draw at Palermo. Franco Vazquez put the Rosaneri ahead in the third minute with Mateo Kovacic levelling three minutes before half-time.

    Mateo Kovacic equalises for Inter Milan against Palermo
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    Elsewhere in Europe

    Spanish La Liga

    Real Sociedad 1 - 2 Almeria

    Villarreal 4 - 2 Rayo Vallecano

    Cordoba 1 - 3 Sevilla

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    French Ligue 1

    A late equaliser for Lyon. PSG have been far from their best and a slip from Blaise Matuidi is punished as Samuel Umtiti lashes home the equaliser. Five minutes left in Paris.

    Samuel Umtiti celebrates his equaliser for Lyon against PSG

    Levante 0-5 Barcelona

    Played four. Won four. Scored 11. Conceded none.

    Barcelona are two points clear at the top of La Liga.

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    Levante 0-5 Barcelona

    Two minutes of added time. Levante can't get near the ball as Barca spend the few moments of this game camped on the edge of the home team's penalty area.

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    Levante 0-5 Barcelona

    The rain is chucking it down now. Barcelona don't care. They are moments away from their biggest win of the season.

  11. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Rich: I still enjoy watching La Liga, but matches like this really highlight the lack of strength in depth compared to the Premier League.

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    Levante 0-5 Barcelona

    Levante continue to chase shadows as the game enters the final five minutes. Can Barcelona add a sixth?

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    Levante 0-5 Barcelona

    Luis Suarez
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    Levante 0-5 Barcelona

    Luis Suarez must be licking his lips watching this. Barca's new striker is eligible to make his debut in just over a month's time.

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    Levante 0-5 Barcelona

    That really was a dreadful mistake by the Levante keeper. It's been a truly dreadful night for La Liga's bottom club.

  16. GOAL

    Levante 0-5 Barcelona - Lionel Messi

    And Lionel Messi finally has his goal. And what a gift! Levante keeper Jesus Fernandez attempts to throw the ball to a team-mate but only succeeds in giving it to Messi right on the edge of the area. He promptly chips the ball into the net with his right-foot. Levante cannot wait for the final whistle.

    Dani Alves and Lionel Messi celebrate Barcelona's fifth
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    Levante 0-4 Barcelona

    Barca are going two points clear at the top of La Liga. They look the real deal this season.

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    Levante 0-4 Barcelona

    Many of the locals have seen enough. Lots of empty seats around the Ciutat de Valencia. The wet weather and Barcelona's emphatic finishing have convinced them to head home early.

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    Levante 0-4 Barcelona

    This is as emphatic as the scoreline suggests. Lionel Messi is clearly desperate to get his name on the scoresheet after his penalty miss. He's got just over 20 minutes to do it.

  20. GOAL

    Levante 0-4 Barcelona

    This could get very embarrassing for Levante. Their defence caves in again as Pedro slides in his side's fourth from 10-yards following a wonderful move involving impressive young substitute Sandro.

    Barcelona are on the rampage.

    Barcelona's Pedro and Lionel Messi celebrate
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    Levante 0-3 Barcelona

    Barcelona are well on their way to a fourth straight league win without conceding. It's just a matter of how many goals they clock up. Make no mistake. They are hungry to make up for last season's lack of major silverware.

  22. GOAL

    Levante 0-3 Barcelona

    Lionel Messi is showing glimpses of his brilliant best as he tees-up substitute Sandro to fire Barca's third to finish a move started by Sergio Busquets. Delightful.

    Barcelona's Sandro celebrates his goal
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    Levante 0-2 Barcelona

    A rare chance for Levante as they win a free-kick just outside the Barcelona penalty area. Papakouli Diop takes a run up...and hammers the ball into the wall.


    Levante 0-2 Barcelona

    Worried faces on the Barcelona bench as Neymar crumples to the floor following a challenge. The Brazilian is in no hurry to get back on his feet. He eventually limps off but clearly wants to get back on the pitch. Luis Enrique has other thoughts and replaces Neymar with Sandro Ramirez.

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    Levante 0-2 Barcelona

    Andres Iniesta fires over from inside the area as Barcelona look to kill the game off early. Real Madrid hit eight on Saturday. Can Barca get near that?

  26. KICK-OFF

    Levante 0-2 Barcelona

    The rain continues to fall as the second half begins.

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    Levante 0-2 Barcelona

    Barcelona scored 17 times in four league and cup games against Levante last season. They've added a further two in the opening 45 minutes in Valencia but they'll fancy adding to that tally with Levante down to 10 men.

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    Elsewhere in Europe

    German Bundesliga

    Wolfsburg v Bayer Leverkusen

    Bayer Leverkusen missed a chance to reclaim the lead in the Bundesliga after suffering a 4-1 loss at Wolfsburg. Ricardo Rodriguez scored two goals while Vieirinha and Aaron Hunt also found the net for Wolfsburg, who bounced back from Thursday's 4-1 defeat at Everton in the Europa League.

    Promoted Paderborn, who beat Hanover 2-0 on Saturday, are top of the Bundesliga after four games.

    Wolfsburg 4 - 1 Bayer Leverkusen

    Cologne 0 - 0 Borussia Monchengladbach

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    Elsewhere in Europe

    Italian Serie A

    Chievo 2-3 Parma

    Genoa 1 - 0 Lazio

    Sassuolo 0 - 0 Sampdoria

  30. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Robbie Devenney: Lionel Messi isn't used to the rain, that's the only explanation for that penalty miss.

    John McEnerney: It takes a bit of time for this Barcelona side to get going but when they do they're fairly sharp.

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    Elsewhere in Europe

    Dutch Eredivisie

    Feyenoord v Ajax

    Dutch champions Ajax overcame Feyenoord 1-0 in Rotterdam, full-back Ricardo van Rhijn clinching the points with a spectacular free-kick. PSV Eindhoven, 4-0 winners over Cambuur, lead the table with 15 points from six matches, three ahead of both Ajax and PEC Zwolle.

    Heracles 1 - 4 Twente

    Feyenoord 0 - 1 Ajax

    PSV Eindhoven 4 - 0 Cambuur

    AZ Alkmaar 1 - 0 PEC Zwolle

    Utrecht 1 - 0 Groningen

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    Elsewhere in Europe

    Italian Serie A

    Ashley Cole

    Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole made his third start for Roma as Rudi Garcia's side went top of Serie A with a 2-0 win over Cagliari. Florenzi crossed for Mattia Destro's 10th-minute opener before scoring the second three minutes later after good work from ex-Arsenal forward Gervinho.

    Florenzi was booked for climbing into the stands to celebrate the goal with his 82-year-old grandmother.


    Levante 0-2 Barcelona

    Barcelona are cruising to another three points - even after Lionel Messi's missed penalty.

  34. GOAL

    Levante 0-2 Barcelona - Ivan Rakitic

    What a finish! Ivan Rakitic shows Lionel Messi how to find the net with a 25-yard first-time shot after Levante's defence fail to clear properly. What a way for Rakitic to open his goal account.

    Barcelona celebrate Ivan Rakitic's goal

    Levante 0-1 Barcelona

    Lionel Messi is human after all as he misses from the spot after being hauled down by Tono and Loukas Vyntra. The referee shows a red card to Vyntra before Messi picks himself up, dusts himself down...and fails to find the net with his kick. Levante are still in this.

    Barcelona striker Lionel Messi reacts after his penalty miss
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    Levante 0-1 Barcelona

    That's three league goals this season for Neymar. He made it look so simple. Barcelona in control.

    Barcelona striker Naymar celebrates his goal against Levante
  37. GOAL

    Levante 0-1 Barcelona - Neymar

    Call off the search party for Lionel Messi. He produces a brilliant inch-perfect pass for Neymar who rounds the Levante keeper before keeping his composure to finish from an angle. Quality.

    Neymar scores for Barcelona
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    Elsewhere in Europe

    Italian Serie A

    Inter are level at Palermo. The hosts were hoping to hang on until half-time but Mateo Kovacic has broken through to equalise with a fine effort from outside the 18-yard box. It's 1-1.

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    Levante 0-0 Barcelona

    Struggling Levante can be pleased with their work in the opening half an hour. Barca started well but are having trouble breaking down their opponents.

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    Levante 0-0 Barcelona

    Has anyone seen Lionel Messi? He's certainly not troubled the Levante defence as much as Luis Enrique would hope. Neymar is Barcelona's most threatening player.

    Barcelona's Lionel Messi holds of Levante's Simao
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    Elsewhere in Europe

    French Ligue 1

    French champions Paris St-Germain have the lead against Lyon. Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani with a thumping header from Lucas Digne's left-wing cross. You have to say it's been coming.

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    Levante 0-0 Barcelona

    Free-kick to Barca just outside the area comes to nothing. Levante break quickly and David Barral heads narrowly wide following a fine cross into the danger area. What a let off for Luis Enrique's side.

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    Levante 0-0 Barcelona

    Jesus Fernandez has had little to do in the opening 20 minutes. Then Neymar finds himself unmarked inside the area with just the Levante keeper to beat. He stands his ground well to deny the Barca forward. The visitors are beginning to step it up.

    Barcelona striker Neymar grabs the nets
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    Levante 0-0 Barcelona

    Danger for Barca as Loukas Vyntra springs the offside trap and charges forward before steering the ball across the six-yard area. It requires an urgent clearance from Ivan Rakitic to prevent the hosts from taking the lead.

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    Levante 0-0 Barcelona

    It's raining in Valencia and both sets of players are struggling to stay on their feet. Levante have settled but Barca continue to boss possession with Neymar and Jordi Alba combining well.

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    Levante 0-0 Barcelona

    Levante just cannot keep possession. Neymar's cross is headed out for another corner but there is respite for the hosts as Papakouli Diop has Levante's first shot. It's a pretty tame effort and the ball is soon back in the home team's half.

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    Levante 0-0 Barcelona

    One-way traffic. Barcelona win two corners in as many minutes, with Jeremy Mathieu going close and Neymar powering into the Levante penalty area. This already looks as though it is going to be a long night for La Liga's bottom club.

    Levante's Victor Camarasa tangles with Barcelona forward Neymar
  48. KICK-OFF

    Levante 0-0 Barcelona

    It's all systems go...

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    Levante v Barcelona (20:00 BST)

    The teams are out at the Ciutat de Valencia and kick-off is moments away. Barca are dressed in a salmon pink kit which is officially described as crimson by the club.

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    Levante v Barcelona (20:00 BST)

    Big news at the top of La Liga. Sevilla have just defeated Cordoba 3-1 to go one point clear at the top of the table. But for how long? Over to you Barcelona. . .

    Stephane Mbia of Sevilla is mobbed after their win over Cordoba
  51. LINE-UPS

    Levante v Barcelona (20:00 BST)

    Levante: Jesus, Tono, Hector, Vyntra, Barral, Morales, Casadesus, Pedro Lopez, Diop, Simao, Camarasa.

    Barcelona: Bravo, Rakitic, Busquets, Pedro, Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Alves, Mathieu.

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    Italian Serie A

    Bad start for Inter Milan as Franco Vazquez put Palmero 1-0 ahead after just three minutes.

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    Levante v Barcelona (20:00 BST)

    Andy West

    Spanish football writer

    "The similarities between Barcelona's head coach Luis Enrique and the man who ushered in the club's recent golden era, Pep Guardiola, are striking: a former playing hero with a renowned tough streak, riding to the rescue in times of trouble having earlier started his coaching career with the club's B team.

    "Although Enrique has attempted to play down comparisons with his old friend and team-mate Guardiola, whose four-year managerial spell yielded a staggering 14 trophies, his arrival has sparked renewed optimism amongst supporters.

    "Enrique's never-say-die attitude made him a hugely popular figure during his playing days at the Nou Camp between 1996 and 2004, and his return as manager has delighted fans who were dismayed at their team's limp surrender of the La Liga title to Atletico Madrid in May."

    Read more of Andy's piece about Luis Enrique on the BBC Sport website.

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    Levante v Barcelona (20:00 BST)

    They might be anchored at the bottom of the table but Levante like nothing more than upsetting La Liga's big boys.

    On their way to finishing 10th in the table last season, they held Barcelona 1-1 and defeated Atletico Madrid 2-0 shortly before Diego Simeone's side were crowned champions.

    But Jose Luis Mendilibar's side have yet to find the net in 270 minutes of league action this season.

  55. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Last night we saw Carlos Tevez produce a dummy to celebrate Juventus' winner against AC Milan and tonight Nani has produced a back flip to mark his latest Sporting Lisbon goal. What's the best goal celebration you have seen in European football in recent seasons? Tweet #bbceurofooty or text 81111 (UK only).

  56. Nani flips

    Elsewhere in Europe

    Portuguese Primeira Liga


    Is this the best celebration of the weekend? Nani managed just one club goal for Manchester United last season but he has just scored his second in as many games for Sporting Lisbon since moving from Old Trafford last month. And he's clearly delighted to be finding the net again judging by his celebration after netting the second goal against Gil Vicente. The match is still going on and Sporting lead 3-0 away from home.

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    Levante v Barcelona (20:00 BST)

    So Messi and Neymar are up front from the off for the first time in the league this season. Messi is the only Barca player to start every game so far this season.

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    Levante v Barcelona (20:00 BST)

    And here comes the Barcelona team news from the Ciutat de Valencia.

    There's no rest for Lionel Messi despite Barca coach Luis Enrique suggesting he may leave him out of his plans for this game. Messi starts in a strong line-up that also includes Neymar, Andres Iniesta, Javier Mascherano and Dani Alves.

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    Coming up

    In addition to Levante against Barcelona, there's a couple of other tasty games taking place across Europe.

    Defending French champions Paris St-Germain entertain Lyon (20:00 BST) while over in Italy Inter Milan, who hammered Sassuolo 7-0 last week, are at Palermo (19:45 BST). We'll have score updates from both matches.

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    Levante v Barcelona (20:00 BST)

    Runners-up in La Liga, quarter-finalists in the Champions League, Copa del Rey losing wonder Barcelona were eager to say good riddance to 2013-14.

    But Barca fans are smiling again after a solid start to the new campaign. The season might still be in its infancy yet - results wise at least - life under Luis Enrique has started well following Gerardo Martino's ill-fated reign.

    Tonight they face bottom club Levante in Valencia. A win here and Barca will go clear at the top of the table.

  61. Back with a vengeance?

    Four months ago they were down and out, reflecting on a first season without a major trophy since 2007-08. Inquests were launched, fingers pointed and changes made.

    Lionel Messi

    Now they are the only team in La Liga with a 100% winning record and have yet to concede a goal. They have a new manager in the shape of Luis Enrique.

    Luis Enrique

    And they still have this chap itching to make his debut.

    Luis Suarez

    Is this the season Barcelona announce to the world that they are back?