Saturday April 20, 2013 Day 32 Finished Camp Nou

FC Barcelona 1 - 0 Levante UD

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  1. Liga - Bayern-bound Barca edge past Levante

    Liga - Bayern-bound Barca edge past Levante

    Barcelona looked to have more than one eye on an imminent test against Bayern Munich when eking out a 1-0 win over Levante. More

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    Time:90'
    • FC Barcelona
    • Levante UD
    • 90+4' FULL TIME. Levante send their keeper up for a corner but that's that. Barca win thanks to a goal from Fabregas after 84 minutes.
    • 90+2' A late chance for Levante but their free-kick is poor and Barca are able to clear.
    • 90+1' We will have three added minutes. Barca on 99 league goals for the season by the way.
    • 90' Roger Martin comes on for Garcia.
    • 89' Pedro Lopez into the book for fouling Alves from behind and then kicking the ball away.
    • 88' CHANCE FOR BARCA! Fabregas has a decent shot down the middle repelled before Pedro sees a subsequent effort touched over the bar by Navas.
    • 86' Michel replaces Simao for Levante.
    • 85' Barca haven't done much at all in the second half but that flash of quality could be enough.
    • 84' GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Levante! Fabregas slots the ball home to give Barca the lead. Sanchez plays the ball square before Fabregas controls it and slots a fine shot into the bottom corner.
    • 83' Now Montoya makes a foray into the box and his low cross causes problems for the Levante backline. Diop clears though.
    • 82' CHANCE FOR BARCA! Nice play from Alexis Sanchez as he cuts the ball back from the byline and Villa meets the ball on the half-volley, sending it high over the bar!
    • 80' Xavi chips a long pass over the defence and Fabregas runs onto it, but he can't prevent the ball from bouncing out of play.
    • 79' It bears repeating that they are travelling to play Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, but even still, they should be able to win this.
    • 78' Barca are lacking energy at the moment. They have created so little in the second half.
    • 77' Tello finally gets the hook as Sanchez comes on in his place.
    • 76' Alexis Sanchez is stripping off on the touchline. His arrival is imminent.
    • 75' Levante waste a free-kick in an advanced position as they put too much on it.
    • 74' Xavi lashes a shot over the bar from 25 yards and the ball soars high into the stands at Camp Nou.
    • 73' Just to remind you, Barca started the match 10 points ahead of Real Madrid, who have played a game more. They defeated Real Betis 3-1 earlier.
    • 72' This isn't the most thrilling game at present. Barca really lack something without Messi. A rather trite statement, but it's true.
    • 70' Levante make a change as Valdo replaces El Zhar.
    • 69' Pedro penalised for a foul on Diop, which is handy for Levante as it eases the pressure a touch.
    • 68' El Zhar hits the byline and digs out a cross but his delivery has a bit too much on it as it soars across the box.
    • 67' Here is the sub and Pedro comes on for Thiago. That will see Fabregas drop back.
    • 67' Alves takes a touch to control the ball 25 yards out and thunders in a shot that flies over the bar.
    • 66' Now Barca are getting Pedro ready on the bench. That will be the end of Tello's evening, you would think.
    • 65' Song chops down Diop in midfield to earn a booking.
    • 63' Barca are beginning to play the ball around with real panache now. Fabregas also wins the ball back right on the edge of the Levante box but the home side can't get a shot on goal.
    • 61' Levante fire in a deep free-kick and Navarro probably should do better at the back post. Valdes untested.
    • 60' Lovely approach play from Barca but Xavi tries to do a bit too much when attempting to dribble around his man and is dispossessed.
    • 59' Ah no, it's Iniesta, who is given a rest ahead of the Bayern game. Xavi is on.
    • 58' Barca are preparing Xavi on the touchline. No surprise. Tello must be the man off.
    • 57' Thiago tries to poke a pass through for Villa but the striker steps away from the ball as if he is making space for the midfielder to shoot. Not quite on the same wavelength there.
    • 56' Levante have to take some credit for the way they have kept Barca out so far. The home side look a bit short of ideas in this second half.
    • 54' Thiago's pass is intercepted by Simao but Levante can't take advantage as Garcia is prevented from getting a shot away in the box.
    • 53' That's better from Iniesta though. After getting the ball from Song he releases Tello in the box with a lovely backheel. The cross from the forward is low and cut out by Navas.
    • 52' Now you don't see this too often: Iniesta tries to pick out a man on the right but his pass is wildly overhit and flies well out of play.
    • 50' Song smacks into Diop with his chest to knock his opponent to ground and the Levante man looks a bit dazed.
    • 49' Fabregas comes across the face of goal and ties to play in Villa on the right but his threaded pass is intercepted.
    • 47' GOAL DISALLOWED! That would have been brilliant. El Zhar slaloms past a couple of players and chips a wonderful pass in for Acquafresca, but the striker is offside as he slams the ball home.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 45' HALF-TIME. No added time. Barca saw Villa have a penalty saved but could have had a second spot-kick towards the end. Lots of chances for the home side.
    • 44' More superb defending from Abidal as he comes across to mop up and prevent Levante from having a half-decent chance. He is playing like he's never been away.
    • 43' CHANCE FOR BARCA! Superb technique from Villa as he brings the ball down and fires in a wicked volley that takes a small deflection and swerves in the air. Navas equal to it though.
    • 41' Diop appears to be rather fortunate not to concede a penalty as a headed pass catches his outstretched arm in the box.
    • 40' Corner to Barca as Juanfran regains his bearings but nothing comes of it.
    • 39' CHANCE FOR BARCA! The ball drops to Villa nicely after Thiago chests it into his path and his firm volley, struck into the ground, bounces up to catch Juanfran in the face.
    • 38' Fabregas chips a pass out to Alves on the right and his volleyed cross is dangerous enough, eluding Villa by a couple of yards as it flies across the box.
    • 36' Thiago slams in a shot but sees it blocked by a Levante shirt.
    • 34' WHAT A HIT! Alves takes the set-piece from all of 35 yards and his wickedly swerving effort forces Navas into a save. A stunning effort.
    • 33' Pape Diop goes into the book for a tackle from behind on Thiago.
    • 32' CHANCE FOR BARCA! Thiago dinks a gorgeous ball over the top of the defence to find Tello at the back post but his side-foot volley brushes the side-netting when he should perhaps have squared for Villa.
    • 31' A poor touch from Iniesta - a collector's item - as Barcelona concede a free-kick.
    • 29' Alves cuts the ball back to Fabregas in the box and when he tries to control the ball it bounces up and hits the former Arsenal man in the face. The whistle goes and looks like the ref saw it as a handball.
    • 27' Iniesta floats in a cross from the left and Alves tries to turn the ball into the path of Villa with an acrobatic flick. He only just fails.
    • 25' Iniesta with a sight at goal from outside the box but his dipping effort is well saved by Navas.
    • 24' Abidal is getting generous applause every time he gets hold of the ball - and why not?
    • 23' Pedro Lopez whips in a good cross from the right but there's no one in a Levante shirt on hand to get on the end of it.
    • 22' Barcelona probing with a bit more intent now but Levante aren't being exposed nearly as often as some teams are at Camp Nou.
    • 20' Nabil El Zhar floats in a deep cross to the back post but Garcia can't get a clean volley away and, when he pounces on the loose ball, he can't poke it to a team-mate either.
    • 19' CHANCE FOR BARCA! Iniesta releases Tello in the left channel with a gorgeous pass before David Navarro intercepts the cross, with Villa waiting to pounce.
    • 18' CHANCE FOR LEVANTE! Ruben Garcia loses his man with a tidy shimmy 20 yards out and drives a shot a foot over the bar.
    • 17' A poor penalty, and justice was done as Pape Diop barely touched Iniesta. It should never have been a spot-kick.
    • 17' PENALTY SAVED! Navas palms the ball out to deny Villa from 12 yards! And Fabregas fails to convert the follow-up as Navas deflects behind for a corner.
    • 16' PENALTY TO BARCELONA! Iniesta drives into the box and is felled at the byline.
    • 15' Barca, of course, visit Bayern on Tuesday night so they are firmly focused on that game.
    • 14' Tello loses possession with a sloppy pass and then Fabregas fails to find his man when Villa has his run checked.
    • 13' CHANCE FOR BARCA! Tello gets in a deflected cross from the left and as Fabregas leaps to try and header, Thiago arrives in behind him to poke the ball at goal. Saved by Navas.
    • 12' Iniesta tries to unpick the visiting defence but Keylor Navas in the Levante goal gathers the ball as it bounces through to him.
    • 11' It's a bit quiet at Camp Nou. To be honest, with the league basically won already, it must be hard to summon up the motivation for a run-of-the-mill league match.
    • 10' Thiago spreads the ball wide to Alves, who touches it past Roger and appears to win a free-kick. However, the whistle actually goes because Alves has been caught offside, and he's none too happy about it.
    • 9' Levante have barely had a touch so far. Easy to see the pattern this game will take.
    • 8' Iniesta plays a quick pass in for Villa and the forward appears to be brought to ground by the sweep of a Levante boot, but there's no free-kick.
    • 6' It's rather bizarre seeing Fabregas take up the central striker's role as David Villa, Spain's all-time record scorer, lines up wide, but it works for Barca.
    • 4' A confident enough start from Barcelona, as you might expect.
    • 3' Tello, Song and Thiago work the ball around the face of the box but eventually it is Fabregas who gets his shot away, the effort deflecting behind for a corner.
    • 2' Nice skills from Abidal as he turns sharply in his own box to escape a marker and distributes the ball to a team-mate.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 18:58 Out come the teams to a rousing reception.
    • 18:55 This is Eric Abidal's first Liga start since February 2012 and it's great to see him back in the starting XI after having recovered from a liver transplant. What a story.
    • 18:50 TEAMS: Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Montoya, Abidal, Adriano, Song, Thiago, Iniesta, Fabregas, Tello, Villa. Subs: Pinto, Bartra, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Alexis, Pedro. /// Levante: Navas, Navarro, Vyntra, Juanfran, Lopez, Barkero, El Zhar, Garcia, Diop, Simao, Acquafresca. Subs: Munua, Hector, Ballesteros, Valdo, Michel, Rios, Roger.
    • 18:45 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Liga game between Barcelona and Levante at Camp Nou. There's no Lionel Messi tonight as he is currently struggling with a thigh problem.
  • Summary

    • 88' CHANCE FOR BARCA! Fabregas has a decent shot down the middle repelled before Pedro sees a subsequent effort touched over the bar by Navas.
    • 84' GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Levante! Fabregas slots the ball home to give Barca the lead. Sanchez plays the ball square before Fabregas controls it and slots a fine shot into the bottom corner.
    • 82' CHANCE FOR BARCA! Nice play from Alexis Sanchez as he cuts the ball back from the byline and Villa meets the ball on the half-volley, sending it high over the bar!
    • 43' CHANCE FOR BARCA! Superb technique from Villa as he brings the ball down and fires in a wicked volley that takes a small deflection and swerves in the air. Navas equal to it though.
    • 39' CHANCE FOR BARCA! The ball drops to Villa nicely after Thiago chests it into his path and his firm volley, struck into the ground, bounces up to catch Juanfran in the face.
    • 34' WHAT A HIT! Alves takes the set-piece from all of 35 yards and his wickedly swerving effort forces Navas into a save. A stunning effort.
    • 32' CHANCE FOR BARCA! Thiago dinks a gorgeous ball over the top of the defence to find Tello at the back post but his side-foot volley brushes the side-netting when he should perhaps have squared for Villa.
    • 19' CHANCE FOR BARCA! Iniesta releases Tello in the left channel with a gorgeous pass before David Navarro intercepts the cross, with Villa waiting to pounce.
    • 18' CHANCE FOR LEVANTE! Ruben Garcia loses his man with a tidy shimmy 20 yards out and drives a shot a foot over the bar.
    • 17' PENALTY SAVED! Navas palms the ball out to deny Villa from 12 yards! And Fabregas fails to convert the follow-up as Navas deflects behind for a corner.
    • 16' PENALTY TO BARCELONA! Iniesta drives into the box and is felled at the byline.
    • 13' CHANCE FOR BARCA! Tello gets in a deflected cross from the left and as Fabregas leaps to try and header, Thiago arrives in behind him to poke the ball at goal. Saved by Navas.
    • 3' Tello, Song and Thiago work the ball around the face of the box but eventually it is Fabregas who gets his shot away, the effort deflecting behind for a corner.
    • 18:50 TEAMS: Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Montoya, Abidal, Adriano, Song, Thiago, Iniesta, Fabregas, Tello, Villa. Subs: Pinto, Bartra, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Alexis, Pedro. /// Levante: Navas, Navarro, Vyntra, Juanfran, Lopez, Barkero, El Zhar, Garcia, Diop, Simao, Acquafresca. Subs: Munua, Hector, Ballesteros, Valdo, Michel, Rios, Roger.
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  • FC Barcelona

    Manager: Tito Vilanova

  • Levante UD

    Manager: Juan Ignacio Martínez

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  1. Barcelona without Messi = CO2

    From Ali, on Sun 21 Apr 13:00
  2. bravo barcelona

    From Ayser, on Sat 20 Apr 21:13
  3. Barcelona without Messi is loses their north.

    From Thomas, on Sat 20 Apr 21:10
  4. So good cesc fabregasted them with a goal... Forza­ barca!!!

    From paul, on Sat 20 Apr 20:53
  5. VAMOS BARCAAAAAAA....

    From paco, on Sat 20 Apr 20:44
  6. no ,messi .no barca. simple ABC

    From michael, on Sat 20 Apr 20:41
  7. Please leave this cataluna prejudice and sell­ christhian tello.

    From Massih Bahar, on Sat 20 Apr 20:39
  8. THIS GAME IS SIMPLY MESSI-LESS...

    From paul, on Sat 20 Apr 20:32
  9. Without messi barca is not a dominant force

    From Rajdeep, on Sat 20 Apr 20:17
  10. no messi in the team and xavi on the bench. he will be­ on soon. and yes they look very average at the mo with­ out messi in the team. but we saw that against psg..

    From Ross, on Sat 20 Apr 20:01
  11. we can do this with ease, come on Barca. you are for­ ever the champion

    From Amir, on Sat 20 Apr 19:56
  12. How do you say - "One Man Team"? Nothing­ without Messi, average at best.

    From Simon, on Sat 20 Apr 19:55
  13. La liga is over when they start the season Barca are­ Champs long time ago already!lol

    From Andres, on Sat 20 Apr 19:42
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    Villa really is a weak link in the Barca team.

    From Sen, on Sat 20 Apr 19:31
  15. Levante is better than Paskalona.

    From Matti, on Sat 20 Apr 19:23
  16. Barca dive for penalty? U dont say!

    From , on Sat 20 Apr 19:23
  17. Eric Abidal

    From , on Sat 20 Apr 19:09
  18. Com-- on barca need to 9 point to win la li­ ga..........

    From Turi, on Sat 20 Apr 11:57
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