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How Barcelona’s unbeaten record was Halted by Levante

They had gone through the toughest games with challenging moments to their La Liga unbeaten Season no one could expect to recover but just lost it in a penultimate game against Levante.

Barcelona’s hopes of the campaign were halted by the 5th bottomed Levante in a shocking 9 goals thriller at the Estadi Ciutat de València as they lost by 5-4. The champions had gone 36 games unbeaten but trailed 5-1 after 56 minutes before their dramatic fightback and bid for history came up short.

Emmanuel Boateng’s hat-trick and Enis Bardhi’s double put Levante in charge and, despite Philippe Coutinho completing a hat-trick of his own and Luis Suárez scoring a penalty.

Despite winning all their last four matches, no body had expected Levante to be a threat to Barcelona that had aimed to become the first team to remain unbeaten in a 38-game La Liga season.

After the game, Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde faced and still facing heavy criticism for resting Lionel Messi who wasn’t even named in the match-day squad and starting without defensive stalwart Gerard Pique just like an echo of their ignominious loss to Roma in the Champions League quarter-final.

Earlier Threats To Barca’s Unbeaten Campaign

Weeks back, Barcelona were down 2-0 to Sevilla before Messi emerged from the bench to salvage a point for the Blaugrana at the Sanchez Pizjuan and, more importantly, preserve their unbeaten record in the league.

The other times were the recent 2-2 draws against Celta Vigo and Real Madrid, it seemed as if Barca had overcome the two most significant obstacles standing between them and an invincible season in La Liga. They were a man down for over 45 minutes as they shared spoils with the back o back Champions League winners at Camp Nou and many expected their hopes to be cut short here.

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Written by Kalema Lawrence

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