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Phil Dawkes

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  1. Thank you and goodnight

    Barcelona 4-1 Levante

    That is all from me for tonight. Our live football coverage will be back on Tuesday night for the Capital Cup third round. Join us then.


    Porto 1-0 Benfica

    Andre Andre

    Late drama at the Estadio do Dragao where table-topping Porto have beaten fierce rivals Benfica thanks to a winner four minutes from time from midfielder Andre Andre.

    It's a well-worked goal as with Andre latching on to Silvestre Varela's backheel and firing the ball home from just inside the penalty area.

    Porto's win keeps them top of the Primeira Liga and they are now four points clear of Benfica who are down in third place.


    Barcelona 4-1 Levante

    The scoreline may suggest otherwise but Barca had to toil for that. In the first half, Levante frustrated the champions but three goals in 11 second-half minutes won the game.

    They allowed Levante a moment of hope and Lionel messi missed another penalty but the Argentine had the final word with a super solo goal.

    Barca go back top and maintain their 100% winning start to La Liga this season.

    Barcelona celebrate
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    Barcelona 4-1 Levante

    Deyverson has a shot from the edge of the box but it is no real threat to Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who clutches the ball under his own crossbar. Two minutes of added time are almost up.

  5. GOAL - Barcelona 4-1 Levante

    Lionel Messi (90 mins)

    He may miss penalties, but in open playLionel Messiis a genius. The ball is won back by Barca on the right side and immediately given to the Argentine, who turns and goes and goes and goes, jinking in front of and then past a series of terriefied defenders before firing a low unstoppable shot into the bottom corner of the net. Brilliant.

    Lionel Messi and Neymar
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    Barcelona 3-1 Levante

    Barca keeping hold of possession, draining further time away from a now tired looking Levante.

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    Barcelona 3-1 Levante

    Adrian comes off worse in an aerial challenge with Verza. Both go down with cramp, which eats into another minute. Only five of the 90 left.


    Barcelona 3-1 Levante

    Levante's final change sees Ruben Garcia come on for Victor Camarasa. Not much time left for him to make what would be a stunning late difference to the outcome of this game.

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    Barcelona 3-1 Levante

    Barcelona want a third penalty. Ivan Rakitic nicks the ball off Juanfran, who then bundles over the Barca midfielder. The referee possibly feels that three is one too many and waves away the appeals. He may have spared Messi further blushes as well.

    Ivan Raktic
  11. Post update

    Barcelona 3-1 Levante

    Barca look to seal this win once and for all. Sandro tries to feed Munir in the box with a low cross from the left but a Levante defender nips in to clear.


    Marseille 0-1 Lyon

    Mathieu Valbuena

    France striker Alexandre Lacazette has bagged his first goal of the season for Lyon as they go into the break a goal up against Marseille. 

     Lacazette converted a 25th-minute penalty while Marseille had winger Romain Alessandrini sent off just before half-time. 

    Marseille's fans have given former player Mathieu Valbuena a hostile reception on his return to the Stade Velodrome. The home fans 'hanged' an effigy of a Valbuena and unveiled a banner which said "True Marseillais only play for OM, you are nothing but a traitor."


    Barcelona 3-1 Levante

    If Lionel Messi has a weakness, this is it. He misses his sixth penalty out of 12 and the 15th of his career, blasting the ball way over the bar to huge groans from the home crowd. It remains 3-1 and Levante still have hope.

    Lionel Messi
  14. PENALTY - Barcelona

    Barcelona 3-1 Levante

    Lionel Messi darts into the box to chase a lost cause and is tugged back by Zuohair Feddal. Soft penalty but a penalty nonetheless...

    Lionel Messi
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    Barcelona 3-1 Levante

    Levante have renewed belief. A cross from the left is met by Jefferson Lerma but headed over the bar. Soon after, Victor Camarasa hammers a long-range effort over.

    Barca had this game won. But if they concede again...


    Napoli 2-0 Lazio

    Gonzalo Higuain

    Meanwhile, down in Naples its all going to plan for the home side who hold two-goal lead over Lazio at the break. 

    Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain put Napoli ahead in the 14th minute at the at the Stadio San Paolo.

    Brazilian Allan Marques Loureiro doubled the lead 10 minutes before half-time for Napoli, who are course to record their first win of the season in Serie A.


    Barcelona 3-1 Levante

    Another Levante change sees Deyverson enter the action for Roger Marti.

  18. GOAL - Barcelona 3-1 Levante

    Victor Casadesus (66 mins)

    Hold on, what's this? Substitute Victor Casadesus benefits from a goalkeeping error from Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who flaps at and misses Victor Camarasa's cross and gives Casadesus a simple finish through some Barca legs into an empty net.

    Comeback on?

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    Barcelona 3-0 Levante

    Barca have the ball in the net again - courtesy of Munir's finish from Lionel Messi's chipped pass - but the flag is up for offside against the young forward.


    Barcelona 3-0 Levante

    Cue the changes. On comes another Barca youth as Gerard Gumbau replaces Sergio Busquets. Levante send on Victor Casadesus for Nabil Ghilas.

  21. GOAL - Barcelona 3-0 Levante

    Lionel Messi (61 mins)

    No mistake from Lionel Messi, who hammers his penalty into the roof of the net.

    Levante are in big trouble now. They have lost this game. All that needs to be decided is by how many. If the away side don't maintain their discipline they could be torn apart.

    Messi scores
    Messi celebrates

    Barcelona 2-0 Levante

    Neymar is fouled in the box by a lunging challenge from Angel Trujillo and the referee points to the spot, much to the fury of the away side.

    Neymar is fouled
  23. GOAL - Barcelona 2-0 Levante

    Neymar (56 mins)

    The floodgates are edging open. Dani Alves cross from the right falls to Neymar, whose first shot is blocked but follow-up effort trickles through bodies and into the net.

    I would suggest that is game over.

    Neymar scores
    Neymar celebrates
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    Barcelona 1-0 Levante

    Levante come forward in search of that goal and win a corner through as superb block from Marc Bartra - earning his corn at both ends of the pitch - but Barca clear the set-piece with ease.

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    Barcelona 1-0 Levante

    Almost 2-0 as Neymar pokes a shot just past the far post. It is a very different game now for Levante. They need to score but they don't want to be ripped apart as they have so many times at this ground.

  26. GOAL - Barcelona 1-0 Levante

    Marc Bartra (49 mins)

    There it is. The breakthrough is made by Barcelona. Marc Bartra is still forward following an attack and is rewarded for taking a gamble as Neymar's cross from the right is chested down and then poked in at the near post by the defender.

    He celebrates his third La Liga goal by holding up the shirt of Rafinha, who is injured and out for the season. Nice touch.

    Will the floodgates open now?

    Marc Bartra
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    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    As you were. Barca immediately on the attack but again the final ball is poor and Levante are back in numbers to crowd the home side out, clear and reform to repel another attack.

    Sandro and Juanfran
  28. KICK-OFF

    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    No goals so far, but we are back under way with 45 more minutes left to find some.


    Porto 0-0 Benfica

    Porto Benfica

    In case you were not aware it's the big one the the Portuguese Primeira Liga at the Estadio do Dragao where leaders Porto face rivals Benfica.

    It's goalless at half-time but it's an intense contest with former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas much the busier in the Porto goal.

    Casillas made a fine save from Luisao from a corner while Kostas Mitroglou has also gone close. Miguel Layun's long-range effort is the best that Porto have mustered so far.

  30. Get Involved


    Adam Byrne:  Barcelona always score a hatful vs. Levante at the Nou Camp but the one time I watch the match live - it's 0-0 at halftime!

    John McEnerney: The FCB back four are there for the taking. A few high balls in to them and Levante may nick a goal. Need pressure on the deck & in the air.


    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    A very disappointing first half, unless you are a Levante fan. Barca have dominated possession but have done little with the ball. Lionel Messi has had six of the home side's nine chances but hasn't been able to make the breakthrough.

    Murmurs of discontent fill the Nou Camp as the players depart. If Barca are to make the breakthrough most expect them to they will need to be sharper and more clinical.

    The job is simple for Levante in the second half: more of the same.

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    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Here comes Messi... over the bar. The second time the Argentine has curled an effort just over. It will be the last act of the first half.

    Lionel Messi
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    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Trouble now for Levante. They give the ball away to Lionel Messi on the edge of the box and Verza is booked for dragging him back to concede a dangerous free-kick...

    Lionel Messi
  34. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    You know it is not clicking for Barca when Lionel Messi over-hits a pass straight out of play. He tries to find Dani Alves down the right but succeeds only in conceding a goal-kick, prompting cried of frustration from the crowd.

    The home side have had 73% possession so far, but have nothing to show for it.

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    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    The Barca players queue up to have a pop on the edge of the box, but when Neymar does finally decide to try his luck it is blocked by Juanfran, in his 39th year and the current oldest outfield player in La Liga. 

    Soon after, Dani Alves' cross is headed over by Lionel Messi. Great leap, poor header.

    Lionel Messi
  36. CLOSE!

    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Levante cannot switch off, though. Lionel Messi's strike is palmed away by Ruben but Sandro cannot control the follow-up and puts his effort from inside the box wide.

    Lionel Messi
  37. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Levante are close to getting in again as Roger Marti charges forward and battles to the edge of the box, but his final pass (that would have given Nabil Ghilas just the keeper to beat) is cut out.

    The away side fancy this now. They've earned the right to be a bit more ambitious.

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    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Levante can also feel a bit hard done by. Twice they have been pulled up for offside by the officials, with replays showing the attacking player had timed his run to perfection.

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    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Luis Enrique is prowling his technical area, arms folded, concern growing. The longer this remains goalless, the more Levante will grow in belief of nicking a famous first win at the Nou Camp.

    You can already see signs of ambition from the men in yellow as the full-backs edge into Barca territory for the first time.

    If Barca aren't careful, they could easily get caught on the break.

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    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Ivan Rakitic crosses from the right, Marc Bartra meets it but gets under the header and puts it well over the bar.

    Barca remain frustrated. 

  41. CLOSE!

    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Oh, Nabil Ghilas, there is your chance son. Levante's first real chance comes to the forward after a break that sees him fed in by partner Roger Marti, but after cutting inside his marker he gets over-excited and slices his shot into the stand from 12 yards out.

    He won't get many better chances than that this evening.

    Soon after, down the other end, Munir is in but Ruben is out quickly to block.

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    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Levante will be happy with this. Barca have had their moments, but they certainly haven't swarmed over the away side.

    Maybe we shouldn't be surprised. Luis Enrique's team haven't scored a La Liga goal in the first half of a game this season.

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    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Neymar wastes the best opening of the game as Lionel Messi finds space and charges forward before setting up his Brazilian team-mate for an angled shot in the box that he pulls across the front of goal.

    The camera makes a timely cut to Luis Suarez on the bench. I suspect he would have buried that.

    Luis Suarez
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    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Levante have a spell of 30 seconds in the Barca half. It includes a cross into the box for Nabil Ghilas that is easily cleared. Still, it is progress for the away side.

  45. CLOSE!

    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Lionel Messi has the Levante keeper working again, with a free-kick from the edge of the box that the Barca forward curls just a yard over the bar.

    Lionel Messi
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    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Oh, almost the opening goal from Lionel Messi. He skips past a player as if he isn't there on the edge of the box but mis-hits his shot before the ball comes back to him but his follow-up flick lands in the hands of keeper Ruben.

    It would be very unwise for Levante to keep allowing Messi two bites of the cherry.

    Lionel Messi
  47. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Barca happy to be patient so far, moving the ball around and probing for an opening. The final ball has just fallen short of the required standard, though.

    Levante's discipline has enabled them to survive 15 minutes relatively unscathed. Just the 75 more minutes to go.

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    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Poor Nabil Ghilas has a thankless task on his hands tonight, leading the line for Levante. On the basis of the aimless balls that have been lumped in his direction so far, his 'lost causes' folder is going to be jam-packed come 9pm.

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    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Levante currently operating a flat-back seven.

    Dani Alves chips in a cross but Zouhair Feddal heads away.

    Dani Alves
  50. CLOSE!

    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Sandro - on his first start for Barca - wins the first corner of the game. 

    It is initially cleared but the home side come again and Angel Trujillo has to hack the ball away to prevent Neymar getting in.

    Soon after, Lionel Messi's pull-back from the byline skips just in front of Munir, who had the goal at his mercy.

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    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Immediately, we are into the expected pattern of Barca dominating possession and the Levante players chasing the ball. 

    Lionel Messi looks to be playing behind the forward line, picking up the ball deep on the right-hand side. His cross is claimed by the Levante keeper ahead of the intended target; Neymar.

  52. KICK-OFF

    Barcelona v Levante

    And we are off. The away side get us under way.

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    Barcelona v Levante (19:30 BST)

    Here come the teams. Barca chasing a fourth straight La Liga win this season, Levante after a first win at the Nou Camp. Ever.

  54. Wins for Real and Atletico

    Barcelona v Levante (19:30 BST)

    Real Madrid celebrate Karim Benzema's goal against Granada

    Wins for the Madrid twins yesterday make it important for Barcelona to win tonight. Real claimed a narrow 1-0 victory over Granada, while Atletico were 2-0 victors at Eibar.

    Barcelona will leapfrog both - as well as Celta Vigo, who won 2-1 at Sevilla earlier to go third - by picking up the three points against Levante.

  55. Get Involved


    Damo:  The FM player in me says Munir with 2 goals but in reality it will probably be a Messi hat-trick.

    Max Baggins-Craig:  Barca won both matches comfortably, but am expecting a Levante revenge. Sure Messi was quiet mid-week, but he was just tired.

  56. Barca held in Rome

    Barcelona v Levante (19:30 BST)

    It hasn't all been plain sailing for Barcelona this season. They were denied victory in their first Champions League group stage game on Wednesday.

    Everything looked to be going according to plan when Luis Suarez gave them the lead at Roma but Alessandro Florenzi's 60-yard (yes, 60-yard) strike meant the Italian side claimed a draw.

    For a more detailed idea of that Florenzi goal, see below...

    How Florenzi's goal was scored
  57. Get Involved


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    You can contact us on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbceurofooty , or on text ( 81111 UK only ).

  58. Messi at number 10?

    Barcelona v Levante (19:30 BST)

    Interesting team news from Barca then. It looks like Lionel Messi will operate in a number 10 role behind Sandro .

    Right-back Dani Alves is back after a groin strain, while  Gerard Pique is suspended so Marc Bartra starts.

    Luis Suarez is on the bench.

    It is likely to be a five-man defence for Levante . Although that could well become more to try and hold off the Barca attack.

  59. LINE-UPS

    Barcelona v Levante (19:30 BST)

    Barcelona starting XI:  Ter Stegen, Alves, Bartra, Busquets, Adriano, Mascherano, Rakitic, Munir, Sandro, Messi, Neymar.

    Levante starting XI:  Ruben, Ivan Lopez, Tono, Camarasa, Verza, Lerma, Juanfran, Roger, Trujillo, Ghilas, Feddal.

  60. Levante to the slaughter?

    Barcelona v Levante (19:30 BST)

    Nabil Ghilas (left) speaks with Levante's coach Lucas Alcaraz

    Tonight's victims... sorry, opponents are Levante, who are winless this season, although they have drawn their last two - against Las Palmas and Sevilla.

    Last season they were on the receiving end of two 5-0 drubbings by Barca, with Lionel Messi bagging a hat-trick and Luis Suarez and Neymar a goal each at the Nou Camp.

    However, on a weekend when Japan beat South Africa at rugby and West Ham won at Manchester City, it would be foolish to completely write off Les Granotes.

  61. Barca back in the groove

    Barcelona v Levante (19:30 BST)

    Lionel Messi

    It has been an efficient as opposed to exuberant start to the season from champions Barcelona.

    They kicked off their league campaign with successive 1-0 wins against Athletic Bilbao and Malaga before stepping it up with a 2-1 come back win at title rivals Atletico Madrid.

    Regardless of how it was achieved, this represents a 100% winning start and another victory (which, let's face it, shouldn't be a problem)tonight will send them top.