FULL-TIME, Barcelona 1-0 Levante: Barça had to work really hard to find the winning goal, but the three points are theirs and every win matters this season. So good job, boys!
93min: Late drama here as VAR checked for a potential penalty on Samuel Umtiti for an alleged handball inside the box, but nothing given after review.
89min: Third substitution from Ronald Koeman as Samuel Umtiti replaces Griezmann.
GOAL!!!! Barcelona 1-0 Levante (Messi 76’): BARÇA FINALLY TAKE THE LEAD!!! Great pressure by Trincão and Braithwaite to recover the ball in midfield, and De Jong finds Messi for a great finish and the opening goal!
70min: Barça’s second change sees Francisco Trincão replace Coutinho.
65min: Barça continue to attack and fire shots at goal, but have yet to truly bother Aitor in this second half.
59min: Penalty not given after video review.
58min: VAR is checking for a potential penalty for Barça on a handball by Rúben Vezo.
57min: Pedri is on for Busquets as Barça make their first change of the night.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Levante: And we’re back underway! Come on, boys, let’s find the winner!
HALFTIME, Barcelona 0-0 Levante: Barça played an okay first half and created four really good chances, but Aitor Fernández had an exceptional first half in goal for the visitors.
39min: Aitor again! Huge save by the Levante keeper on another volley, this time by Griezmann.
37min: Big save by Aitor on a beautiful volley by Jordi Alba.
22min: Huge double chance for Barça: Messi takes a free-kick and finds Griezmann all alone but his header is stopped by Aitor, and Lenglet somehow misses the rebound against an open net and fires over the bar.
15min: Barça have more of the ball to start the game but Levante had the best chance, with De Frutos missing a one-on-one by shooting straight at Ter Stegen.
1min: Barça once again line up in a 4-2-3-1 but with players in different positions than usual: Griezmann is on the right, Braithwaite is on the left, and Coutinho is playing in behind Messi.
KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Levante: And we’re underway! Come on, boys!
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Dest, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jong; Messi, Griezmann, Coutinho; Braithwaite (4-2-3-1)
Bench: Neto (GK), Iñaki Peña (GK), Mingueza, Umtiti, Firpo, Aleñá, Pjanic, Matheus, Puig, Pedri, Trincão, Konrad
Starting XI: Fernández; Coke, Postigo, Vezo, Clerc; Malsa, Vukcevic, Melero; De Frutos, Martí, Gómez (4-3-3)
Bench: Koke (GK), Cárdenas (GK), Son, Toño, Rober, Duarte, Miramón, Radoja, Rochina, León, Morales
WELCOME BACK TO CAMP NOU!!! The Greatest Stadium on Earth is the site of an important La Liga match for Barcelona, who welcome Levante and are in desperate need of three points to start a positive run of results in what has been a very inconsistent run in La Liga so far. Levante haven’t lost since October and have a solid team that will cause problems, so this should be a good one. And you are welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. LET’S LIVE BLOG!!!
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Competition/Round: 2020-21 La Liga, Matchday 13
Date/Time: Sunday, December 13, 2020, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Monday)
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea
VAR: Santiago Jaime Latre
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