Lionel Messi in action against Levante.(Reuters)

Lionel Messi hauled an apprehensive Barcelona to a 1-0 success at home against Levante in La Liga on Sunday to reduce some pressures following an average week at the Catalan club. Barcelona had overwhelmed the game yet were unable to find the goal until Messi locked on to a through ball from Frenkie de Jong and pounded it in off the far post in the 76th minute of the match.

The Argentine celebrated the goal by jumping in the air and also feeling relieved, after not been able to score in Barca’s recent disappointing loss to Cadiz and Juventus. Levante tested Barcelona side really hard to earn their 3 crucial points, surviving a late VAR review for a potential handball against Samuel Umtiti in addition to a last-pant volley from Levante player Son which arrived in the possession of manager Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

This victory lifted Barca up to eighth in the standings on 17 points after 11 games, closing the gap with the current table toppers Real Sociedad and second placed Atletico Madrid to nine points.

Jordi Alba , Barca’s back, after the win said, “We always find it hard against Levante as they work so hard, they have a deep squad but we played well, we were better defensively than in recent weeks and we created many chances, Luckily we were able to take one of them and got the three points. You have to give credit to the team as every player stood tall today.”

Levante frequently demonstrate a small bunch to Barca when playing at home in Valencia however they have never taken a point off the Catalans at the Camp Nou. They verged on doing as such, nonetheless, as Barca battled to adapt to their rivals’ defensive strategies, consistently attacking on the home side’s play with their solid banks of four defenders and midfielders.

At the point when Barca figured out how to face Levante keeper Aitor Fernandez they would in general take shots directly at him or miss the target, for example, when Clement Lenglet by one way or another wasted an open objective in the primary half. Messi additionally appeared to be inadequate with regards to sharpness, cutting a shot miserably wide in the initial period and requiring 12 shots to locate the net once and to be on the winning side.


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