FC Barcelona suffered a major setback in the battle for the Spanish championship. Against UD Levante, the star ensemble around Lionel Messi only got a 3: 3 despite a 2-0 lead at the break.
Ronald Koeman’s team now has 76 points on their account.
On Wednesday (10 p.m.) front runner Atletico Madrid (77) can extend their lead to four points with a win against Real Sociedad San Sebastian. In the three-way battle for the title in La Liga, record champions Real Madrid (75) are also in the running, the royal team will be visiting Granada CF on Thursday (10 p.m.).
“We are very disappointed with this result. It will be difficult for us to become champions,” Koeman admitted after the game. “But we won’t give up hope. It also depends on what the competition is doing. We want to win the other two games and then we’ll see if it’s enough.”
Barca still have to play against Celta Vigo (May 16) and SD Eibar (May 23) at their home camp Nou. Will Koeman still sit in the coaching bench the following season? “It’s a difficult question so soon after the game,” said the Dutchman. “We coaches are always questioned. After our performance today in the second half, I can understand that questions arise. But for me now it’s about preparing for the next game.”
Messi bad pass before the 2-2 – Dembele’s goal is not enough
But the hosts equalized with a double strike by Gonzalo Melero (57th) and Morales (60th). One or the other carelessness – also from Messi, who started the 2-2 with a bad pass – suddenly put Barca in a tight spot.
A wild exchange of blows developed with some dangerous goal area scenes on both sides. Ousmane Dembele (64th) gave Blaugrana the lead again with an uncompromising cocking shot in the corner. But Sergio Leon (83.) secured Levante at the end with a clever instep shot – and on top of that, the league.