NOU CAMP – Barcelona beat Levante by 3-0 at home and secured a place in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals with an aggregate victory of 4-2. The heroes of the match, Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi scored two goals and one goal each to ensure a remarkable victory for Barcelona. It is an excellent comeback for Barca who lost to Estadi Ciutat de Valencia by 2-1. However, the match victory came amid controversy in the first leg. Levante claimed that Barcelona fielded with an ineligible player and hence it should be eliminated from the competition.
According to Levante spokesperson, Barcelona’s mid-fielder, Juan Brandariz received a yellow card while playing for Barcelona’s B-team in Segunda B-division. They told that a complaint will be filed with Spain Federation against Barcelona. However, Barcelona said that the rules related to this had changed in November 2018 and hence the suspension is not possible in this case. Now, only the federation would take decision post the filing of a complaint against Barcelona by Levante.
Levante remained at the backside for most of the time in the match. It took charge in the first 30 minutes but the two quick goals from Dembele made it difficult for the opposite team to make a comeback in the match. Both the goals were happened with the help of Lionel Messi’s passes as the player beat the defense of Levante. The third goal of the match by Lionel Messi impressed everyone in the stadium as the 54th-minute goal ensured Barcelona’s win.
The match looked one-sided as Barcelona took 70% possession of the ball and Levante only managed to score one shot on target in the entire match. On the other hand, Barcelona had 13 shots on the target which simply led them to dominate over Levante in the match. However, the final decision about Barcelona’s suspension would be clear after Levante’s complaint.