published: 2019-01-10 23:59:40
levante vs barcelona 2-1 copa del rey 2019
Barcelona’s ongoing iron hold on the Copa del Rey went under risk as they lost 2-1 at Levante in their last-16 first-leg tie on Thursday in the wake of resting a large group of first group regulars, including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
Barca, who have won the last four releases of the Spanish Cup, fell behind in the fourth moment when slack stamping from a free kick saw Erick Cabaco head home while Borja Mayoral, on advance from Real Madrid, multiplied Levante’s lead in the eighteenth.
Substitute Jose Luis Morales spurned a wonderful opportunity to strike a third objective for the home side which would have truly harmed Barca’s expectations of remaining in the challenge.
In any case, the Catalans were given a tremendous lift heading into next Thursday’s second leg at the Nou Camp when Denis Suarez was fouled in the punishment territory and record-marking Philippe Coutinho changed over the subsequent spot kick in the 85th moment.
Barca had blended fortunes in their past two visits to Levante, losing 5-4 there last season in their solitary La Liga vanquish however avenging that misfortune this term with a pounding 5-0 win in December which incorporated a cap trap from Messi.
The Argentine was let well enough alone for the squad alongside normal strike accomplice Suarez and Ivan Rakitic, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba, in spite of the fact that regulars, for example, Ousmane Dembele, Arturo Vidal, Sergio Busquets and Coutinho all began the amusement.
Barca’s out-of-support Brazilian forward Malcom botched two clear opportunities in the principal half after Levante’s splendid begin, while French winger Dembele amazed the home protection in the second half yet fell over similarly as he was forming to shoot.
Barcelona’s Denis Suarez was one of three players tossed on by Ernesto Valverde and the midfielder, connected with a move far from the club this month, earned the punishment which Coutinho got to help the odds of turning the tie around one week from now.
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