Levante Heroically Draws Against Blistering Barcelona

By Aydin Reyhan
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Levante hosting Barcelona was always going to be a slightly scrappy game, with one side hoping for minimal damage and the other looking to bombard their opponent’s goal. Well, only one team was going to have their way.

Greek international defender Lucas Vyntra jumped high to head the corner-kick low into the far pocket past a helpless Victor Valdez to give the home side the shock lead only 10 minutes in. At the other end, Gerard Pique headed home a Barcelona corner-kick just nine minutes later to level the game up.

With Leo Messi expected to score at least a couple of goals, the Levante defense was not only able to keep him at bay, but the rest of his teammates as well after both goals were scored.

The No. 1 defender for Levante would have to be none other than 37-year-old full-back Juanfran Garcia, who blocked shots and halted a pile full of attacks to keep his team into the game all night long. It is impressive that he was able to do that, but even more so due to his advanced age and the fact that he faced some of the quickest and feistiest attackers in the entire world. He truly showed no fear, which deserves respect.

Now, with that said and done, Barcelona jump up to 51 points, only one ahead of rival Real Madrid. In the capital, Atletico Madrid has the chance to jump two points clear of the Catalans if they can defeat Sevilla. If they tie, they will be level on points with Barca, but behind on goal differential.

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