Barca's Invincibles Dream Ended by Levante After 9 Goals Thriller


Barcelona's bid to complete an unbeaten LaLiga season capitulated in astonishing circumstances as Ernesto Valverde's champions collapsed to a 5-4 defeat at Levante.

Unheralded Ghanaian forward Emmanuel Boateng was the hero for home side as he doubled his tally of goals in Spain's top flight with a hat-trick.

Boateng's initial first-half strikes were pegged back by Philippe Coutinho but an often wretched Barcelona showing - without the rested Lionel Messi - collapsed into all-out defensive shambles after half

Enis Bardhi, who hit the post in between Levante's first two goals, found a pair of sublime finishes amid the chaos and Boateng making a claim for the matchball.

Coutinho led the Barca fightback by completing a treble of his own and Luis Suarez's 71st-minute penalty had Paco Lopez's men on unsteady legs.

Suarez missed a glorious chance to equalise and Levante full-back Antonio Luna almost put through his own goal but the invincible dream perished at a raucous Ciutat de Valencia.


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