13th November 2019
Messi in action against Levante
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La Liga round-up: as Levante stun Barça, others fail to take advantage to go top

It was all open at the top of La Liga on Saturday after Barça conceded three goals in seven minutes in an unexpected 3-1 defeat by Levante.

It left Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla all with the chance to claim top spot but none of them seized the initiative.

Later on Sunday Granada also missed an opportunity to overtake them all, but they also failed to go top again after losing 2-1 to Real Sociedad.

On Saturday Barça arrived in Valencia to play Levante as overwhelming favourites, especially with the recent form of Messi, whose first-half penalty was the 500th of his career with his left foot, and his sixth goal in five games. Yet Levante then stunned the defending champions with an incredible three goals shortly after the hour.

Messi in action against Levante
Messi in action against Levante. (@FCBarcelona)

‘Everything unravelled,’ said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde. ‘We didn’t start the second half well, we weren’t creating chances and although they weren’t either they suddenly scored two goals. The third one hurt us a lot.’

To make matters worse, Luis Suarez went off in the 41st minute with a calf injury and could be in doubt for Tuesday’s Champions League game at home to Slavia Prague.

Atletico Madrid and Sevilla later played out a 1-1 draw on Saturday, where Diego Costa missed a penalty, before Real Madrid squandered a string of opportunities at the Santiago Bernabeu in a 0-0 draw against Real Betis.

La Liga results from Matchday 12 (of 38) played between 2-3 November

Played Saturday 2 November

Espanyol 1 Valencia 2

Levante 3  Barcelona 1

Sevilla Atletico Madrid 1

Real Madrid 0  Real Betis 0

Played Sunday 3 November

Valladolid 3  Mallorca 0

Villarreal 0  Athletic Bilbao 0

Osasuna 4  Alaves 2

Celta Vigo 0  Getafe 1

Leganes 1 Eibar 2

Granada 1  Real Sociedad 2

 

La Liga results from Matchday 11 (of 38) played between 29-31 October

Played Tuesday 29 October

Alaves Atletico Madrid 1

FC Barcelona 5 Valladolid1

Played Wednesday 30 October

Real Sociedad 1 Levante 2

Valencia 1 Sevilla 1

Athletic Bilbao 3  Espanyol 0

Real Betis 2  Celta Vigo 1

Real Madrid 5  Leganes 0

Played Thursday 31 October

Eibar 2  Villarreal 1

Mallorca 2  Osasuna 2

Getafe 3  Granada 1

 

La Liga Table – Monday 4 November 2019

(Played, Won, Drawn, Lost, Goals For/Against, Points)

Barcelona         11   7   1   3   29  14  22

Real Madrid     11   6   4   1   21   9   22

Real Sociedad  12  7   1   4  20  13  22

Atletico Madrid  12  5   6   1   12    7   21

Sevilla                12   6   3   3   15  13  21

Granada            12   6   2   4   19  15  20

Getafe               12   5   4   3   18  15  19

Villarreal          12   5   3    4   25  16  18

Osasuna           12   4   6    2   16  13  18

Athletic Bilbao   12   4   5   3  11   7   17

Levante             12    5    2   5   15  14   17

Valladolid         12   4    5    3   14  14  17

Valencia           12   4    5    3   17  18   17

Eibar                 12   4    3    5   14   17   15

Real Betis        12   3    4    5   14   21   13

Alaves              12    3    3   6   11   18   12

Mallorca          12    3   2    7    9   18   11

Celta Vigo       12    2   3   7    6    15    9

Espanyol         12    2   2    8    6   20    8

Leganes          12    1   2    9    6   21    5

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