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LA LIGA: Barcelona destroys Levante by 3-0

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Barcelona eased  pressure on absent boss, Ronald Koeman with a comfortable 3-0 victory against winless Levante at the Nou Camp on Sunday.
Memphis Depay’s sixth-minute penalty took Barcelona the lead after the Nemanja Rodoja fouled Dutch forward.
Compatriot Luuk de Jong then raced on to Sergino Dest’s pass to score his first goal since joining on a season-long loan from Sevilla.
Substitute Ansu Fati hit the third on his return from a long-term injury.
Barcelona climb to fifth in La Liga and are five points behind leaders Real Madrid with a game in hand. Real were held by Villarreal on Saturday.
The pressure had been growing on manager Koeman after two wins from five La Liga matches this season had left them well adrift of the early pacesetters.
And although Koeman was absent from the dugout on Sunday, having been dismissed for dissent in Thursday’s goalless draw with Cadiz, his players had little trouble in putting an end to a three-game winless run in all competitions.
Levante failed to register a shot until the 81st minute, while Depay was thwarted by several good saves from Aitor Fernandez.
A return and goal for 18-year-old Fati – wearing Lionel Messi’s number 10 shirt on his first appearance since November 2020 after undergoing knee surgery – completed a fine success.
Barcelona Squad
Formation 4-3-3
1ter Stegen
22Mingueza 3Piqué 24García 2Dest
28González Iglesias 5Busquets 30Paez Gaviria
14Coutinho 17de Jong 9Depay
4Araujo 6Puig Martí 10Fati Vieira 11Demir 13Murara Neto 15Lenglet 23Umtiti 26Peña Sotorres
Levante Squad
Formation 4-4-2
20Miramón 15Postigo 13Mustafi 19Clerc
18de Frutos 5Radoja 8García 22Melero
9Martí 21Gómez Alcón
2Hidalgo 3Franquesa 4Suárez Pier 6Duarte 7Blesa 11Morales 17Vukcevic 23Andújar Moreno 25Martínez 29Cantero 37Cuñat

Written by Ishaq Mustafa

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