Barcelona is back in LaLiga Santander Sunday night action when they visit Levante at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia. This is ground that the Catalan club has struggled with in recent years, winning only one of their five visits, but Levante came in second in the standings this weekend. Therefore, xavi will hope he Barcelona side can still earn a comfortable three points.
Levante vs Barcelona LIVE SCORE: 2-3
This is the beginning of our Levante vs Barcelona live blog, with all the updates to this LaLiga Santander game from here. We have team news for minute by minute updates, so follow us.
Full-time: Beep! peeping! Barcelona wins!
Barcelona hold on for the rest of the injury time to make Luke de Jong‘s header the winning goal. It’s a 3-2 win for Barcelona, who survive allowing three penalties. That Ter Stegen penalty save, plus goals from Aubameyang† Pedro and De Jongmeans the three points go back to Catalonia.
Minute 90+2: TARGET!!! IT’S LUUK DE YOUNG!!!
Barcelona definitely won in stoppage time! Not for the first time this season Luke de Jong is the super sub, with the Dutchman in the lead in a nice cross from Jordi Alba† That makes it 3-2 for the visitors.
Minute 90: Five minutes left of this end-to-end action
It’s now end-to-end, with a draw that doesn’t really fit either side’s goals. Both teams reach the opposition’s third place, but it remains 2-2. With five minutes of stoppage time, there is still time for someone to win it.
Minute 87: Gavi is through one on one, but he is saved
Dani Cardenas appears large Levantemaking an essential stop against Gavic after the teen played out one on one. It’s a pulsating end to this match as both teams strive for a winner.
Minute 83: TARGET!!! ANOTHER LEVANTE PENALTY AND THEY SCORING!!!
Levante have a third punishment of the night and Gonzalo Melero scores it to make it 2-2. After Jose Luis Morales scored one and Roger Martic missed another one, this spot kick has yet another taker and it sees the home side level up. It was Clemens Lenglet who gave away the spot kick just moments after it came on.
Minute 81: Not this time for Pedri
Pedro has another chance, but it won’t come out for two reasons. One is that he shot it well over the bar. The other is that there was offside in the build-up, so that wouldn’t have counted after all.
Minute 75: Ter Stegen saves from Son
Levante don’t play well anymore but they manage to launch a counter attack here, guess what Son launch a shot from the edge of the area. But, Ter Stegen is able to grasp it to maintain Barcelona‘s lead.
Minute 68: Over the crossbar of Ferran Torres
Barcelona are on the rise and they have a free kick in a dangerous position. To be Ferran Torres who takes it, but he shoots his attempt way over the bar.
Minute 63: TARGET!!! PEDRI WITH THE FINISH!!!
Just like last week, Pedro is on the score sheet. He gets a pass from Gavic and fires confidently into the bottom corner, with Barcelonatwo teens who flipped this game. The visitors are now leading 2-1.
Minute 59: TARGET!!! IT’S THE COMBO FROM DEMBELE TO AUBAMEYANG!!!
Barcelona are back on track! To be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who will score the goal, thanks to a fantastic Ousmane Dembele help out. The French winger puts the ball in and the striker headed in to leave the goalkeeper without a chance.
Minute 55: Another penalty for Levante… but they miss!
One Eric Garcia handball is penalized with a new penalty for: Levantebut this time it is Roger Martic who will step down instead of? Morales† But the striker’s attempt is saved by Ter Stegen† The decision to swap takers will be discussed as: Levante don’t win this.
Minute 52: TARGET!!! MORALES SCORES FROM THE PLACE!!!
Levante have the edge their game has earned thus far. They got a penalty when: Dani Alves challenged Son in the area and Jose Luis Morales converted it with confidence.
Minute 49: Ferran Torres gets close
Barcelona have already created a chance that was better than anything they have done in the first half. Ousmane Dembele put in a good cross and Ferran Torres‘ header requires a good stop from Dani Cardenas†
Minute 46: Here we go for the second half
We’re back for the second half Levante and Barcelona† There are no substitutions at halftime, although a few players did get a knock in the first 45 minutes. Let’s see what happens in the second half.
Rest: It’s goalless, but Levante could be up front
It’s goalless at halftime and Levante will be disappointed with that as they were clearly the better side over the course of these first 45 minutes. They had a few chances, the best of which came thanks to Jose Luis Moralesbut it’s still 0-0.
Minute 42: Just next to Radoja
Nemanja Radoja is the newest Levante player to move forward and try his luck, but his attempt flashes just wide. It’s really been everything Levante in this first half at least in terms of actual chances.
Minute 38: Barcelona keeps the ball without creating anything
Barcelona currently enjoying a period of possession, but without looking dangerous. They pass it around in midfield to the sound of whistles, but can’t reach the last third.
Minute 35: Ten minutes for Levante to make this strong first half count
Levante have definitely been the better side in this first half, so they won’t want to return to the dressing room without something to show for it. So they still have 10 minutes to try and take the lead before xavi has a chance to talk to his team.
Minute 29: Araujo prevents Roger from scoring
Levante attack again and this time a cross is placed towards striker Roger Martic† Ronald Araujo, however, manages to cover and cut the cross just in time. That was another close.
Minute 25: Eric Garcia denies Morales a miracle goal
That was almost a goal for the ages of Jose Luis Morales† He dribbles past several defenders and pushes the ball past Ter Stegenbut Eric Garcia is there to remove it from the line and the . to deny Levante captain.
Minute 21: Ferran Torres pulls a save
A direct long ball from Ter Stegen finds the run of Ferran Torres, who manages to get a shot off. But it’s right in the arms of Dani Cardenas† That was a warning, though, because Levante†
Minute 18: Dani Alves sustains ankle injury, but continues
While he plays a pass, Dani Alves twists his ankle in the turf. It looked painful, but the Brazilian seems to want to continue. There aren’t many alternative options if he had to get off.
Minute 14: The crowd turns up the volume
The Levante fans get involved and demand a free kick from Eric Garcia On Roger Martic that the referee did not give. Their team has started well and the supporters want to make it an uncomfortable atmosphere for the visitors.
Minute 10: Barcelona wastes a free kick
Barcelona haven’t been able to attack much since then Levante were the better side in the first 10 minutes. But the visitors win a free kick in a dangerous position… and they waste it, with the routine poorly executed and giving Levante a throw-in.
Minute 5: Ter Stegen saves from Campana
Levante pressures very high and have had a very bright start. Jose Campana finds some space and can fire a shot from the edge of the area, a shot held by Ter Stegen†
Minute 2: One shot each
It was a pretty lively start, with each team having one shot each from distance to start the match. It was Jose Luis Morales for Levante and Frenkie de Jong for Barcelonabut neither came close despite their early ambition.
Minute 1: Kick-off in Levante vs Barcelona!
There we go! We kick off in the city of Valencia. Barcelona will start the game in possession and will try to maintain their impressive form in LaLiga Santander.
19:55 BST: The players are waiting in the tunnel
It’s almost time for the Levante and Barcelona players walk out in this atmospheric Estadi Ciutat de Valencia. Kick-off is just around the corner and it should be a fun one!
19:35 BST: Levante’s impressive record against the top teams
Levante have done well against the LaLiga giants Santander this season, especially at home. They both held Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid to draws at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia earlier in the campaign, even winning at Atletico Madrid at.
19:15 BST: It’s the lilac kit for Barcelona
Barcelona will wear their lilac uniform for this game on Levanteas their home colors match the team’s Blaugrana stripes Valencia† Barcelona have shared a video on social media of the shirts lined up in the locker room.
18:55 BST: Levante’s lineup is also revealed
We also know the Levante lineup for this game, with the Granotas sticking to the back five system they’ve been using lately. They start with: cardan shaft; Miramon, Rober Pier, Postigo, Vezo, son; Radoja, Pepelu, Campana; Morales, Roger Martic†
18:40 BST: Barcelona base is out and Pedri is rested
Barcelona have confirmed their starting grid for tonight’s LaLiga Santander game and the headline is that Pedro gets rest. The team that will play consists of: Ter Stegen; Dani Alves, Araujo, Eric Garcia, Jordi Alba; Frenkie de Jong, Busquets, Nico; Dembele, Aubameyang, Ferran Torres†
18:15 BST: The Estadi Ciutat de Valencia is ready
Levante‘s home base is ready. Flags of the Valencian Community have been placed on the seats, with the club wanting to create a special atmosphere for this match, where a win would be huge for their chances of survival.
17:50 BST: It’s Munuera Montero in the middle
Jose Luis Munuera Montero will be the referee for this Levante vs Barcelona game. He whistled two Barcelona matches already this season and the Catalan club lost them both 3-2 after extra time, including losing the Supercopa de Espana to Real Madrid and the other their Copa del Rey elimination at the hands of Athletic Club†
17:30 BST: Barcelona’s bad form gone at Levante
This is not a road day that Barcelona have been enjoying lately. They have won just one of their last five trips to the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia, the famous stadium where their hopes of an undefeated season ended in the penultimate round of the 2017-18 season when they lost 5-4.
17:10 BST: What are the predicted formations of Levante and Barcelona?
Both teams have some concerns about injuries, but will still be able to name strong starting players. In LevanteIn that case, they are expected to start with: Dani Cardenas; Jorge Miramon, Rober Pier, Sergio Postigo, Ruben Vezo, son; Jose Campana, Pepelu; Jose Luis Morales, Roger Martic† As regards Barcelonatheir likely starting position is: Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Dani Alves, Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba; Pedri, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong; Ousmane Dembele, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres†
16:50 BST: When does Levante vs Barcelona start? And where can you watch it?
This Sunday’s game between Levante and Barcelona starts at 21:00 CEST, the local time in Spain. This is 8:00 PM BST in the UK where it will be on LaLigaTV, while that’s 3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT in the US where it airs on ESPN+.