Levante ends Barcelona’s unbeaten run


Barcelona’s Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta (C) walks on the pitch after a Levante goal during the Spanish league football match between Levante and Barcelona at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium in Valencia on May 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDAN

Philippe Coutinho hit a hat-trick but could not save Barcelona’s unbeaten season as the Catalans were left stunned by an extraordinary 5-4 defeat to Levante on Sunday.

Ernesto Valverde rested Lionel Messi for his team’s penultimate match of the campaign but it was a defensive horror-show that allowed Emmanuel Boateng to score three times and Enis Bardhi twice at the City of Valencia Stadium.

The La Liga and Copa del Rey champions trailed 5-1 after an hour and still came within a whisker of a sensational comeback as Coutinho’s second and third goals, and a Luis Suarez penalty, set up a grandstand finish.

But Levante held on for a thrilling victory and ended their opponents’ hopes of becoming the first ever club to finish a 38-game La Liga season as invincibles.




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