Barcelona unbeaten streak ends in shock loss at Levante

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Our game of the week looks at the blockbuster fixture at Estadi Ciutat de València that saw Levante put an end to Barcelona’s unbeaten streak in an enthralling 5-4 win that will be etched on the minds of both players and fans alike for some time to come.

A much changed Barcelona side came into the tie with a lethargy that suggested they believed this result to be a mere formality.

However, they were given an early shock when Boateng just managed to force a whipped cross into the goal off the underside of the bar to open proceedings in the ninth minute.

The 21-year-old Ghanaian then doubled the lead just after half an hour into the tie when he capitalised on a defensive error, calmly rounded ter Stegen and fended off a defender to knock into an unguarded net.

Fired up, Barcelona return the deficit to one goal on 38 minutes when his deflected effort from outside the box found its way past the keeper.

Having had the opportunity to reconvene at half time, many expected a resurgent Barcelona to come out for the second half.

However, the game took another turn when Bardhi rounded off a counter attack as he curled an effort inside the post just one minute into the second half to score as he went on his way to 46 points for the season.

At sixes and sevens at the back, Barcelona were cut open once again just four minutes later when Emmanuel Boateng notched once again to grab his hat-trick and secure himself 21 points from the game.

The game got even further away from the visitors when Bardhi bagged his second of the game shortly after to make it 5-1 and give him nine for the season.

This Barcelona team are nothing but defiant, however, and were far from willing to let their pursuit of an unbeaten campaign go without a fight.

Coutinho pulled a goal back following some lackadaisical defending on the hour mark before bagging his hat-trick just five minutes later from another deflected effort from outside the box.

The goal puts him on 99 points for the season across England and Spain in what has been a memorable campaign for the Brazilian.

After Busquets was deemed to be fouled in the box, Suarez converted from the spot on 71 minutes to bag his 25th goal of the campaign as the gap was reduced to just one goal.

Despite their concerted efforts, Barcelona were unable to find the final goal from the tie as Levante hung on for an unlikely win.

The defeat, arguably at the hands of unwarranted changes to the starting eleven, will leave a bitter taste in the mouth of a Barcelona side on the brink of what would have been a phenomenal achievement in going the entire season unbeaten.

With one game remaining, they will be eager to bounce back and round off the season with one final victory.

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