Barcelona coach fumes over Levante defeat

La Liga By: Ayodeji Tunde | 14/05/2018

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For Barcelona, it was a case of so near and yet so far as their hopes of going all the way in the La Liga this season without losing a match has been thwarted.

After escaping defeat against Real Madrid in the El Clasico recently, many thought Barcelona can do the invincible, but they were handed a rude shock on Sunday; losing 5-4 to Levante at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia.

Ghanaian star Emmanuel Boateng did most of the havoc against Barcelona; scoring a hat-trick in the highly-entertaining though feisty tie which produced a whopping 12 yellow cards.

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Philippe Coutinho also scored a hat trick in Sunday's game, but it was not enough to help Barcelona preserve their cherished unbeaten record which lasted for 36 games.

Though he scored one of the goals, Luis Suarez missed a chance to level as the clock ticked down and next weekend's title celebration at home to Real Sociedad will now be a slightly less joyous occasion.

"I'm very angry not to finish unbeaten but there's nothing I can do about it," Valverde told beIN Sport. "We have to look forward.

"It was an amazing game with great effectiveness from our rival. We had a good reaction, we went forward, reduced the deficit and were close to a draw several times.

"The match has been determined by a crazy 10 minutes at the start of the second half."