Barcelona surrendered yet another advantage to go top of the league by letting a two-goal lead slip against Levante.
Barcelona are now almost certainly out of the title race in La Liga after failing to go top of the table for at least 24 hours courtesy of a horrible 3-3 draw against Levante on Tuesday night.
After earning a solid two-goal lead in the first half, the Blaugrana conceded three times in the final period and Ronald Koeman had one of the worst coaching performances in recent memory that has seen Barca lost out on three points in the title contention race.
BARCELONA WERE STEAMROLLING IN THE FIRST HALF
Barca made a fast start to the game, with two big chances in the first five minutes with combinations between Frenkie de Jong and Pedri, but Pedri missed both chances and the Blaugrana couldn’t get an early goal.
Then the game slowed down a lot with neither team capable of hurting the other, and Levante was comfortable parking the bus which didn’t help the fun aspect either.
Slowly but surely, however, Barça started finding spaces to counter-attack as the home team looked to go forward a bit more, and both Ousmane Dembélé and Jordi Alba became real problems on the wings which led to goals for Barça.
The first goal came from a tactical buildup down the left side and Alba’s cross was deflected at the near post and went over all the Levante defenders to find Lionel Messi all alone at the edge of the area. The captain scored a gorgeous first-time volley, and Barça had the lead.
10 minutes later Messi released Ousmane Dembele down the right, the Frenchman never gave up on the pass and gave Pedri a tap-in, and the young midfielder couldn’t miss it this time. At halftime, a strong finish to the half had Barcelona in control and looking good to finish the job in the final period.