Lionel Messi continued to score but was helpless to help Barcelona extend the series of victories when receiving a shock defeat to Levante with a score of 1-3 in La Liga round 12. Real Madrid is not much better when Real Betis is held at home.
Messi successfully carried out an 11m penalty in the 38th minute to put Barcelona ahead. However, the Argentine superstar’s sixth goal in five matches only served as a backdrop for an impressive comeback in just seven minutes of Levante at home to Ciutat de Valencia.
Jose Campana and Borja Mayoral scored respectively in the 61st and 63rd minutes before Nemanja Radoja scored in the 68th minute to finish Barcelona with a 3-1 victory. “Everything was made too clear when we didn’t play well at the beginning of the second half. We did not create chances and although they did not naturally score two goals. The third goal drove us down a lot”, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said after the match.
Thus, after 7 consecutive victories in all competitions, Barcelona had to taste bitter fruits on the day Messi marked the 500th goal with his left foot for the Catalan team. Worse, Barcelona also saw Luis Suarez being forced to leave the field in the 41st minute due to an injury to his right calf and may be absent in the Champions League group stage match against Slavia Prague by midweek.
Winning the La Liga giant, Levante rose to 8th place. Meanwhile, Barcelona’s unexpected defeat (22 points) opened the door for Real Madrid (21 points) to retake the throne. headboard. However, in the late match, Zinadine Zidane’s army missed the chance to take the lead when Real Betis held 0-0 at home. In this match, Real Madrid have to blame themselves when creating a series of scoring opportunities to be able to bring back 3 points but Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Ferland Mendy, etc., cannot be converted into goals.
Before Real, the same team at Atletico Madrid (21 points) also missed the opportunity to occupy the top of Barcelona when dividing points on the Sevilla field with a 1-1 draw in the match where they have many chances to succeed upstream.