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Barcelona 1-0 Levante: Lionel Messi nets winner at Camp Nou

Barcelona 1-0 Levante: Lionel Messi nets winner at Camp Nou to take some pressure off Ronald Koeman’s shoulders in La Liga title race.

Barcelona 1-0 Levante Lionel Messi nets winner at Camp Nou www.theafricanstand.com
Highlights: Barcelona 1-0 Levante

Lionel Messi scored the only goal as Barcelona returned to winning ways with victory over struggling Levante.

Martin Braithwaite, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba, and Antoine Griezmann all had chances but found keeper Aitor Fernandez in inspired form.

But there was little Fernandez could do when Messi struck from an angle after Frenkie de Jong’s assist.

Levante‘s best chance fell to Jorge de Frutos, while Marc-Andre ter Stegen denied substitute Son right at the end.

Barca’s fifth league win lifts them two places up the La Liga table to eighth before Wednesday’s home match with leaders Real Sociedad (20:00 GMT).

Messi’s finish was greeted with relief by his team-mates after a bad week for Ronald Koeman’s side.

They followed up a surprise defeat at Cadiz last weekend with a 3-0 home setback to Juventus in the Champions League.

That defeat to Juve means Barcelona will be unseeded when the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League is made on Monday.

On Sunday, Levante were on course for a point after Fernandez made a string of fine stops.

He did well to push Griezmann’s header away before Lenglet blazed a great chance over the bar.

Messi struck for the eighth time this season, to leave Levante 18th in the table, two points from safety.

Ericson Mangoli

Written by Ericson Mangoli

Ericson Mangoli is the founder of African Stand, based in Nairobi Kenya, Ericson leads a splendid group of correspondents, independent writers, investigators, analysts, and supporters from around the globe to run African Stand as a supervisor and the chief editor.

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