Barcelona Survives Three Penalties To Reclaim Second Place In Spanish La Liga

Barcelona Survives Three Penalties To Reclaim Second Place In Spanish La Liga
Barcelona Vs LeVante

Barcelona’s incredible run was not halted even after conceding three penalty kicks.

Barcelona beat Levante 3-2 in a Spanish league match on Sunday, with substitute Luuk de Jong scoring in stoppage time after the Catalan team had conceded three penalties in the second half.

Barcelona’s unbeaten run in all competitions now stands at 15 games, and the squad has reclaimed second place in the league after being leapfrogged by Sevilla on Saturday.

With a game in hand, Barcelona is 12 points behind Real Madrid. On Saturday, Madrid defeated Getafe 2-0.

Barcelona’s comeback started when Xavi introduced Pedri Gonzalez into the game early in the second half, with the side behind by a goal. The 19-year-old playmaker was rested for Barcelona’s Europa League quarterfinal second leg against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday. Last week, Barcelona and Eintracht Frankfurt drew 1-1 in the first leg in Germany.

After a foul by Dani Alves, Jose Luis Morales converted a penalty kick in the 52nd minute to put Levante ahead. After a handball by Barcelona defender Eric Garcia, the hosts were awarded their second penalty, which was missed by Roger Marti.

Pierre-Emerick In the 59th minute, Aubameyang equalized for Barcelona with a header from a cross by Ousmane Dembele, and in the 63rd minute, Pedri scored the game-winning goal from inside the area.

After another penalty in the 83rd minute after a foul by Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet, Levante leveled the match, with Gonzalo Melero completing his shot from the spot, before De Jong scored the late winner after a well-placed cross by Jordi Alba.

Barcelona hasn’t lost since facing Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey round of 16 in January, and hasn’t conceded a penalty in the league this season.

Levante and Alaves, who were in last place, were level on points. It’s seven points away from being safe.