Wednesday January 29, 2014 Quarter-final Finished Camp Nou

FC Barcelona 5 - 1 Levante UD

  • Correia 28’
  • Puyol 44’
  • Sánchez 50’, 52’
  • Fàbregas 68’
  • Roberto 9’ (o.g.)

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  1. Liga - Barcelona crush Levante to make Copa Del Rey semis

    Liga - Barcelona crush Levante to make Copa Del Rey semis

    Barcelona racked up an emphatic 9-2 aggregate win over Levante to progress to the semi-finals of the Copa Del Rey. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • FC Barcelona
    • Levante UD
    • - What did you make of the game? Are Barcelona favourites for the Copa Del Rey? Did Martino's side miss Messi tonight? Tweet me (@grahamruthven)!
    • - Barcelona progress into the last four of the Copa Del Rey in emphatic style. Levante may have taken a shock lead but they were never a real threat to Martino's men tonight. They had too much quality for the visitors and never needed to get out of third gear to put the Valencia-based side to the sword.
    • 91' FULL TIME: Barcelona 5 Levante 1 (9-2 on aggregate)
    • 90' One minute of stoppage time to be played at the end of the second half.
    • 89'
    • 88' Juanfran tries to kill the game by feigning injury inside the box but he only puts off the inevitable for about 20 seconds, as Barcelona come back with another attack just moments later. Levante just want to get outta here!
    • 86' Barcelona have had 78 per cent of possession in this game. That's really quite an astonishing share of the ball but it doesn't surprise me at all. This has been complete domination.
    • 85' This result will put out a statement to Manchestert City who Barcelona are preparing to meet in the Champions League last 16. Having said that Man City beat Spurs 5-1 at White Hart Lane tonight. Something for Martino to think about.
    • 84' It's hard to pick out a standout performance for Barcelona tonight but Sanchez played very well at the start of the second half, even if his two goals were among the easiest he will ever score in his career.
    • 83' You have to admire the workrate of Barcelona. Even at this late stage of the game they're chasing every ball and pressing every Levante player whenever they do lose the ball, which isn't very often.
    • 82' Barcelona are still looking for more goals but they've taken their foot off the gas somewhat in the last 10 minutes or so. They have complete control of this game and the scoreline reflects that dominance.
    • 81'
    • 80' Afellay chests the ball down on the edge of the box, shrugs off a challenge and fires off a shot at goal but it's straight down the throat of Jimenez, who deals with this one well enough.
    • 79' So where will Mascherano play? I reckon he'll slot into the centre of midfield but I hope Martino has told him to play as a number nine as he looks for that elusive first Barcelona goal.
    • 78' Barcelona sub: Alexis Sanchez OFF, Javier Mascherano ON.
    • 77' Barca are doing that thing that Barca tend to do when they're winning by such a healthy magin. They're toying with their opponents, knocking the ball about the midfield and defence. Levante can't get near it.
    • 75' It looks like Javier Mascherano is preparing to come on for Barcelona. Is that to save Puyol's legs or does Martino want the defender to score first goal for the club? Over 160 appearances, still no goals.
    • 74'
    • 73' Lopez comes on for his senior debut having been plucked from Levante's B team for this squad. The Camp Nou isn't a bad place to make your professionl debut I suppose. Although 5-1 down isn't the best circumstance.
    • 72' Levante sub: Ruben Garcia OFF, Jordi Cesar Lopez ON.
    • 71' Sanchez goes down under the challenge of Vyntra and Juanfran but the referee correctly waves away the home team's claims for a spot kick. The Chilean went down too easy there.
    • 70' Looking at replays of the goal it was perhaps harsh to suggest the keeper was at fault again. His view was blocked by Juanfran and it may have taken a deflection off the defender as well on its way into the net.
    • 69' Barcelona sub: Cesc Fabregas OFF, Ibrahim Afellay ON.
    • 68' GOAL! Barcelona 5 (68 mins - Cesc Fabregas) Levante 1. The former Arsenal midfielder shifts the ball onto his left foot and lashes a shot into the net. Keeper could have done better with that too.
    • 67' This is about keeping the scoreline down for Levante now. Damage limitation. They have no ideas and are showing no willingness to break out from the back, where they are camped permanently.
    • 65'
    • 64' Jimenez almost makes another huge error, dropping the ball at the feet of Sanchez as he tries to lump the ball downfield but the Chilean striker gets a block in. The keeper eventually picks it up again. Phew!
    • 63' Levante are camped deep inside their own half and can't get out. They've all but given up by this point.
    • 62' Good save by Jimenez! A superb diagonal pass from Fabregas finds Pedro, who takes a good touch, but sees his shot from a relatively tight angle repelled by the Levante goalkeeper. That's better!
    • 61' Of course had Levante scored there no effect would have been had on the wider outcome but it would have been nice for them to have scored twice at the Camp Nou. Poor effort from Rios.
    • 60' Great chance for Pedro Rios! Nagore plays a decent low cross into the box, where Rios is sitting unmarked on the penalty spot. But from 12 yards he manages to scoop his effort well over the bar. Should have scored.
    • 59'
    • 58' Levante sub: Angel Rodriguez OFF, Miguel Pallardo ON.
    • 57' Fabregas attempts to thread through Sanchez, who has the run on his marker into the box, but Juanfran gets there just in time to make the slide challenge and intercept the pass before it can reach the Chilean striker.
    • 56'
    • 55' Barcelona are looking much positive in this second half. I reckon Martino has told them to shoot earlier and it's certainly worked. This surface is causing real problems for Jimenez, who hasn't covered himself in glory either.
    • 54' YELLOW CARD: Issam El Adoua (Levante)
    • 53' Jimenez was so slow to react the ball bouncing off the bar! He should have got to the ball well before Sanchez knicked in, but he took forever to make a move. Reall poor goalkeeping again.
    • 52' GOAL! Barcelona 4 (52 mins - Alexis Sanchez) Levante 1. Another tap in for Sanchez! Adriano's shot from the edge of the box is deflected onto the bar, but Sanchez turns home the rebound.
    • 51' That's a terrible mistake by Jimenez. He was at fault for the first goal and he was at fault for that goal as well. Should have been a simple catch.
    • 50' GOAL! Barcelona 3 (50 mins - Alexis Sanchez) Levante 1. Montoya plays a pass across the face of goal, but it looks like the keeper should catch it. However he fumbles at the feet of Sanchez, who taps home.
    • 49' On the TV it looks like there are no fans at the Camp Nou for this second half. However if you look carefully you can see them all tucked up under the shelter of the second tier. It's raining pretty hard.
    • 48' Will Barca go for the throat in this second half? They have the game won so will they rack up the goals?
    • 47' That's an interesting change by Martino. Iniesta didn't seem to be carrying an injury so perhaps he's just been brought off to keep him fresh in a World Cup year. Pedro will be more direct in this second half.
    • 46' Barcelona sub: Andres Iniesta OFF, Pedro ON.
    • 45' We're under way at the Camp Nou!
    • - What did you make of the first half? Do Barcelona deserve to be leading at the break? Are Tata Martino's side missing Messi in the lineup? Tweet me (@grahamruthven)!
    • - After an early scare Barcelona are strolling this one, just like they did in the second half of the first leg last week. However they need to work on getting the ball into the box quicker. It's felt like a training session at times. Levante have packed the defence tightly but not much they could do with the second goal.
    • 46' HALF TIME: Barcelona 2-1 Levante (6-2 on aggregate)
    • 45' One minute of stoppage time to be played at the end of the first half.
    • 44' GOAL! Barcelona 2 (44 mins - Carles Puyol) Levante 1. The club captain bursts into the box to meet Tello's corner kick delivery and powers a header into the net. Great goal! Good to see him score like that.
    • 43' The Camp Nou crowd are urging their team forward as they search for the lead before the break. But Song appears more content with passing the ball sideways. I suppose you could say he's a proper Barca player now.
    • 42' As the first half has progressed Iniesta has grown in stature an together with Fabregas the Barcelona number eight is now dictating the game on the edge of the box. Credit to Levante though, they're holding firm.
    • 41' YELLOW CARD: Victor Camarasa (Levante)
    • 40' YELLOW CARD: Alex Song (Barcelona)
    • 39' Tello takes control of the ball and whips a cross into the box from the left corner of the penalty area. He's looking for Fabregas but Juanfran does well to get in front of the former Arsenal man and clear away.
    • 38'
    • 37' Barcelona are missing Messi tonight. He's the one who makes things happen for them. In recent weeks he's been the playmaker, rather than the goalscorer, but there's still a void in this team without him.
    • 36' Tello needs to use his pace on the left side and run at defenders. That's what he's good at but we haven't seen him try anything like that tonight. He scored a hat-trick against this defence last week!
    • 35' Once again Barcelona play too many passes around the edge of the box. They need to shoot more often at goal, especially in these conditions. Look what happened when they did shoot from outside the box. They scored!
    • 34'
    • 33' Indeed Pinto comes off with a thigh injury but that's by no means a like-for-like change for Levante. Nong is a striker, so whether it's by design or not the away team are now going for it at the Camp Nou!
    • 32' Levante sub: Sergio Pinto OFF, Aloys Bertrand Nong ON.
    • 31' The referee has stopped play with Sergio Pinto down on the turf, holding his thigh. I'd be surprised if the midfielder stays on the pitch. He's already been treated for the injury.
    • 30' Jimenez can't even blame the greasy conditions because the ball didn't bounce until it was past him and nestling in the bottom corner of the net. Poor goalkeeping all round.
    • 29' Looking at replays of the goal, there was a lot of movement on the ball but Jimenez should have done better with his save. He reacted too late to the strike and by the time he dived the ball was past him.
    • 28' GOAL! Barcelona 1 (28 mins - Adriano) Levante 1. The Brazilian fullback curls a wonderful, swerved shot from 20 yards into the bottom corner of the far post. Should the keeper be saving that?
    • 27'
    • 26' YELLOW CARD: Sergio Pinto (Levante)
    • 25' Tello and Iniesta stand over the freekick on the left side of the box. It's the former who hits the shot but he's leaning back and his effort sails well over the crossbar. That was very poor from the winger.
    • 24' Iniesta links up the play on the edge of the box with Fabregas winning a freekick on the edge of the penalty area. This will be a chance for the home side.
    • 23'
    • 22' Having said that you have to give credit to Levante, who haven't buckled under pressure from Barcelon after opening the scoring.
    • 21' It's very quiet inside the Camp Nou. Even though Levante are leading the Barcelona faithful clearly don't believe the Valencia based side can make a fight of this. They need three more goals, let's remember.
    • 19' Levante are defending well but Barcelona are looking a bit predictable and are overplaying things when they get into the box. They need to have a shot more often!
    • 18' Bartra surges forward and stays in the box for the cross into the area. He takes the ball on his chest and tries a spectacular overhead kick but the defender gets there before him to clear with an acrobatic kick of his own.
    • 17'
    • 16' Montoya plays a low pass to the front post from the byline, where Roberto wriggles away from a challenge. He tries to fire a shot towards goal from a tight angle but El Adoua gets in the way to deflect it over the bar.
    • 15' As you would expect Barca are starting to turn the screw on Levante now after a poor opening 10 minutes or so. They have the away team pegged back in their own half and look dangerous on the edge of the box.
    • 14' The ball breaks to Fabregas on the edge of the box who fires a shot towards goal but El Adoua blocks well with a sort of improvised slide tackle. That was heading for the bottom corner if you ask me.
    • 13' Barca are looking somewhat off the pace at the moment. I don't think they expected Levante to come out fighting like this.
    • 12' That was actually a very dangerous tackle by Roberto, especially in these conditions. He went straight through the back of the Levante player. He's lucky that was just a yellow card. Could have been a different colour.
    • 11' YELLOW CARD: Sergi Roberto (Barcelona)
    • 10' Just as was the case last week Levante take a shock lead from a corner kick. You'd think Barcelona would work more on their set piece defending! They get caught out so often with it.
    • 9' GOAL! Barcelona 0 Levante 1 (9 mins - Loukas Vyntra). The away side takes a shock lead, with Vyntra's header hitting the back of Roberto and finding its way into the bottom corner of Pinto's net.
    • 8' It's not much of a crowd here at the Camp Nou for this game. You can hardly blame the Barca fans. It's pouring down with rain and their side have a commanding lead. It's a dead rubber to put it bluntly.
    • 6' Adriano is down on the turf after appearing to get a sly kick to the back of the knee from Angel. He's off the field so the game is continuing but he looks in distress here.
    • 5' Great save by Jimenez! El Adoua takes a heavy touch which actually releases Tello through on goal but the Levante keeper comes off his line quickly to save the shot. Big mistake, good save to make up for it.
    • 4'
    • 3' So Levante need four goals if they are to progress to the semi-finals of the Copa Del Rey. Seems unlikely, to say the least but let's not forget they caused Barca real problems in the first leg last week.
    • 2' TEAM NEWS: Barcelona - Pinto, Montoya, Puyol, Bartra, Adriano, Song, Roberto, Iniesta, Tello, Sanchez, Fabregas. /// Levante - Jimenez, Nagore, Vyntra, Juanfran, Nikos, El Adoua, Camarasa, Sergio, Pedro Rios, Ruben Garcia, Angel.
    • 1' We're under way at the Camp Nou!
  • Summary

    • 68' GOAL! Barcelona 5 (68 mins - Cesc Fabregas) Levante 1. The former Arsenal midfielder shifts the ball onto his left foot and lashes a shot into the net. Keeper could have done better with that too.
    • 64' Jimenez almost makes another huge error, dropping the ball at the feet of Sanchez as he tries to lump the ball downfield but the Chilean striker gets a block in. The keeper eventually picks it up again. Phew!
    • 62' Good save by Jimenez! A superb diagonal pass from Fabregas finds Pedro, who takes a good touch, but sees his shot from a relatively tight angle repelled by the Levante goalkeeper. That's better!
    • 60' Great chance for Pedro Rios! Nagore plays a decent low cross into the box, where Rios is sitting unmarked on the penalty spot. But from 12 yards he manages to scoop his effort well over the bar. Should have scored.
    • 54' YELLOW CARD: Issam El Adoua (Levante)
    • 52' GOAL! Barcelona 4 (52 mins - Alexis Sanchez) Levante 1. Another tap in for Sanchez! Adriano's shot from the edge of the box is deflected onto the bar, but Sanchez turns home the rebound.
    • 50' GOAL! Barcelona 3 (50 mins - Alexis Sanchez) Levante 1. Montoya plays a pass across the face of goal, but it looks like the keeper should catch it. However he fumbles at the feet of Sanchez, who taps home.
    • 44' GOAL! Barcelona 2 (44 mins - Carles Puyol) Levante 1. The club captain bursts into the box to meet Tello's corner kick delivery and powers a header into the net. Great goal! Good to see him score like that.
    • 41' YELLOW CARD: Victor Camarasa (Levante)
    • 40' YELLOW CARD: Alex Song (Barcelona)
    • 28' GOAL! Barcelona 1 (28 mins - Adriano) Levante 1. The Brazilian fullback curls a wonderful, swerved shot from 20 yards into the bottom corner of the far post. Should the keeper be saving that?
    • 26' YELLOW CARD: Sergio Pinto (Levante)
    • 16' Montoya plays a low pass to the front post from the byline, where Roberto wriggles away from a challenge. He tries to fire a shot towards goal from a tight angle but El Adoua gets in the way to deflect it over the bar.
    • 14' The ball breaks to Fabregas on the edge of the box who fires a shot towards goal but El Adoua blocks well with a sort of improvised slide tackle. That was heading for the bottom corner if you ask me.
    • 11' YELLOW CARD: Sergi Roberto (Barcelona)
    • 9' GOAL! Barcelona 0 Levante 1 (9 mins - Loukas Vyntra). The away side takes a shock lead, with Vyntra's header hitting the back of Roberto and finding its way into the bottom corner of Pinto's net.
    • 5' Great save by Jimenez! El Adoua takes a heavy touch which actually releases Tello through on goal but the Levante keeper comes off his line quickly to save the shot. Big mistake, good save to make up for it.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • FC Barcelona

    Manager: Gerardo Martino

  • Levante UD

    Manager: Joaquín Caparrós

  • Line-up

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      Goal 7.8 -
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      Own Goal Yellow Card 7.7 -
      Substitution Out45′ 7.9 -
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