Late goal helps Barcelona beat Levante

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Late goal helps Barcelona beat Levante

Luuk de Jong scored a header in the 92nd minute to help Barcelona beat Levante 3-2 away from home despite conceding three penalties.

Barca became the first team in La Liga to win a match after conceding three penalties and De Jong’s last-gasp goal saw them record a seventh consecutive league win, lifting them into second in the standings past Sevilla on 60 points after 30 games.

Levante took a deserved lead against a lackluster Barcelona in the 52nd minute through the first penalty when captain Jose Luis Morales scored from the spot after a foul by Dani Alves.

Moments later the hosts were awarded a second penalty for a handball by Eric Garcia.

This time, however, Leavantes Roger Marti was denied by Barca’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The visitors quickly made Levante pay for the miss as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed home a cross from Ousmane Dembele in the 59th minute to level things up. It was Dembele’s 11th assist of the campaign that ties him with Karim Benzema.

Teenage midfielder Pedri then gave Barca the lead in the 63rd minute thumping a first-time shot into the bottom corner after being teed up by 17-year-old Gavi, who had also been hauled on from the bench in the second half.

Levante then won a third penalty of the second half when Dani Gomez latched on to a through ball and was tripped by Barca defender Clement Lenglet who had been on the pitch for mere minutes before the foul.

Gonzalo Melero assumed the penalty duties this time and made no mistake against Ter Stegen to level the scores at 2-2 in the 83rd minute.

But there was time for still enough time for substitute De Jong who connected with a Jordi Alba cross and headed into the bottom corner in the second minute of added time to give Barcelona all three points in the contest.

Barcelona beat Levante to leapfrog into second place but they remain way behind leaders Real Madrid, who have 72 points from 31 games.

 

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