Barcelona survives 3 penalties to reclaim 2nd position in La Liga


Catalan team Barcelona fought to a 3-2 victory against second-to-last position Levante in the Spanish league after surrendering three penalty kicks in the second half.

(AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

Not even three penalty kicks could break Barcelona’s amazing winning streak. ‘

Luuk de Jong’s stoppage-time goal gave Barcelona a 3-2 victory against second-placed Levante in the Spanish league on Sunday, after the Catalan club had given up three penalties in the second half.


Sevilla had overtaken Barcelona on Saturday, but the Catalan side has now gone 15 games undefeated and has reclaimed second position in La Liga.

Real Madrid leads Barcelona by 12 points, although the Catalans have a game in hand. On Saturday, Real Madrid defeated Getafe 2-0.

According to Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez, Real Madrid isn’t making a lot of errors. Both teams have challenging matches, but if Madrid loses some points, we may be able to achieve more.


Xavi introduced Pedri Gonzalez into the match early in the second half, when Barcelona was down a goal, and the Catalans started their comeback. Barcelona rested their 19-year-old playmaker for Thursday’s Europa League quarterfinal second leg against Eintracht Frankfurt. An entertaining first leg ended 1-1 in Germany last week between Barcelona and Eintracht.

Jose Luis Morales scored a penalty shot in the 52nd minute to give Levante the lead after Dani Alves was fouled. Eric Garcia’s handball four minutes later resulted in a second penalty for the hosts, with Roger Marti missing from the spot.

Pierre-Emerick Two goals by Pedri in the 63rd minute gave Barcelona the win. Aubameyang equalised in the 59th minute by heading home Ousmane Dembele’s cross.


Gonzalo Melero scored from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute to level the match following a foul by Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet, before De Jong scored a late winner after Jordi Alba’s pass.

This season, Barcelona has not lost since losing to Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey round of 16 in January, when the Catalans had not given up a penalty.

Levante and Alaves are deadlocked on points at the bottom of the table. It’s seven points away from being safe.



As Real Sociedad kept up the pressure on European qualification, they beat Elche at Elche, 2-1.

Both Alexander Sorloth and Robin Le Normand scored in the first half as Sociedad closed the gap on fourth-place Atletico Madrid to three points with seven games remaining.

Sociedad, now in sixth position in La Liga, won their third game in a row to get within two points of Real Betis.


A goal by Guido Carrillo in the third minute helped Elche maintain in 15th position, only four points clear of the drop zone. In a row, it’s gone down.

Sorloth and Le Normand both found the back of the nett with assists from David Silva in the first and second periods, respectively.

In a penalty kick, Sociedad striker Alexander Isak scored, but the goal was disallowed because Isak faked his shot to trick the goalie.



A late goal by Espanyol attacker Wu Lei gave the Spanish club a 1-0 victory against Celta Vigo in a matchup between clubs in the middle of the league standings.

Ante Budimir’s stoppage-time goal gave Osasuna a 1-0 win against Alaves earlier in the day. Alaves suffered their fourth straight defeat under new coach Julio Velazquez, who was making his coaching debut.


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