The Lionel Messi of Barcelona strikes the ball during the match against Levante Sunday in Barcelona, Spain. Photo: VCG
Lionel Messi saved Barcelona from another embarrassing result by marking the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory on Limly Levante, while Real Sociedad returned the summit of the Liga.
Messi struck with 14 minutes remaining from Barca’s slowed display at Camp Nou who will do little to relieve fans’ fears following their 3-0 hammering in the hands of Juventus Midweek.
Ronald Koeman’s side is still nine points behind Sociedad who recovered the first place despite a 1-1 drawing with Eibar.
Barcelona Do, however, have two games in hand on the Basque dress.
ATLETICO is level 26 pots with Sociedad and also have two games at your fingertips, while Real Madrid had only three points behind the leaders who played less after defeating his local rivals 2-0 Saturday
Villarreal are four points of the head fourthly after drawing 1-1 to true Betis, who are a point behind Barca in ninth.
Barca managed to force several savings from Aitor Fernandez, with the Levante Guardian who is particularly worn to push a shot from Martin Braithwaite in the 16th minute and the header of Antoine Greeuzmann five minutes later
However, the best chance of the opening period fell to Jorge de frutos in the 12th minute, Spanish tires sort of mArc-Andre Ter Stegen After the ball broke down gently for him just before the goal.
Barca Cona continued to dominate possession in the second half, but if something looked less threatening, with Fernandez being called into action largely for shots that were hit directly at him .
However, with Levante seems more comfortable than one side of their level should at Camp Nou, Messi saved his team with a clinical finish of the post after collecting the Jong’s Frenkie pass.
It was hardly the kind of display to honor Sergio Busquets’s 593rd appearance for the club, which takes the level at the fourth of all time for the games played for Barca alongside Carles Puyol.
But the TROis points are a boost in front of the visit of Sociedad on Wednesday, which is then followed by another confrontation of the house with Valencia on Saturday
Anterior Ander BarreenetXea gave the true sociedad Lemener to Saint-Sébastien with A typing typing in the 20th minute, but Sergi would enrich at home with 25 minutes remaining to send her 10th team to 15 points.
Sociedad would have had a more important gap between them and Atletico had Igor the 80th minute of Zubeldia’s 80th minute was not excluded by Var for an extremely tight stop.
The draw of Sunday was the sixth of Sociedad as many games in all competitions and arrived after a 1-1 match in Napoli Thursday. What saw them sss on the last 32S 32 of the Europa League.
Granada won 1-0 in Elche to the other game on Sunday, a victory that keeps them at a point in front of Barcelona.
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