Levante vs FC Barcelona: Masia alumni put four past Levante (0-4)
With a full 11 players who have come through the Masia – FC Barcelona’s school, Barça put four past Levante on Sunday, with Messi (2), Iniesta and Cesc scoring the goals. FC Barcelona now sit 11 points ahead of Real Madrid and threeahead of Atletico who they meet in three weeks’ time.
Barcelona (FCB).- For 60 minutes of tonight\u2019s game against Levante, all 11 Barça players had come up through the Masía and a phenomenal second half saw them put four goals past La Liga\u2019s fourth placed team. Andres Iniesta was at the centre of all of them, with three assists and a goal of his own. Leo Messi opened the scoring with two goals, before Iniesta gotthe third and Fabregas finished the win with the fourth. Barça now sit 11 points ahead of Real Madrid and threeahead of Atletico who they meet in three weeks\u2019 time.
Possession vs. Counter Attack
With Barça dominating possession and Levante waiting to pounce on the counter, the game followed the same kind of script as last season\u2019s match up between the two. Barça concentrated their attacks down the left through Alba and Iniesta time and again reached the bye line, though none of their teammates seemed able to take advantage, whilst Juanlu and Martins led the Levante counter attacks.
It was two defenders \u2013 Juanfran and Piqué who had the best chances to open the scoring in the first half, but neither of them managed to break the deadlock as the teams went in 0-0 at the break, with Barça playing with 11 home grown payers after Alves came off injured after half an hour.
Iniesta and Messi break Levante resistance
Levante\u2019s resistance lasted less than two minutes after the break, as Iniesta and Messi began five magic minutes with a brilliant pass from the Spanish international to set up Messi\u2019s subtle opener- Moments later Iniesta pulled back a cross from the left for Messi to fir home and double the lead,
Iniesta helps make it four
Two assists weren\u2019t enough for Iniesta however and he hammered home a third goal with a great shot from the edge of the box, before setting up Cesc to finish off the scoring and put the game to bed .
Valdés plays his part
The action wasn\u2019t all over at 0-4 though , as Victor Valdes first made a great stop from Martins. before saving a Barkero penalty and the rebound, following a handball decision against Puyol as he lay on the ground. A perfect end for a great team effort as Tito\u2019s men go marching on!