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Levante end Barcelona's hopes of 'perfect' unbeaten La Liga season

IANS  |  Madrid 

scored a hat-trick as they ended FC Barcelona's dreams of going an entire football season without losing a single match with an incredible 5-4 win in the penultimate round of the Spanish first division.

Boetang on Sunday became the to score a hat-trick in the league against since did so in 2005, although after some dreadful defending, the Catalans fought back to almost snatch a dramatic draw, reports

Barceloma had travelled to without Lionel Messi, and the suspended Sergi Roberto. And the players fielded by looked to be thinking about their holidays or the forthcoming as Levante produced a huge surprise, or what would have been a huge surprise had they not won seven of their last nine games prior to the weekend.

Two goals from Boetang inside 30 minutes put Levante 2-0 up before pulled one back for before the break at the Ciudad de Stadium.

However, hopes of a fightback looked to be dashed when made it 3-1 for Levante just 33 seconds into the second half before Boetang completed his hat-trick three minutes later and Bardhi added his second to make it 5-1 in the 55th minute.

The Levante fans were still celebrating when two rapid fire goals from Brazilian attacking Coutinho saw him complete his hat-trick and pull Barcelona back to 5-3 with just under half an hour remaining.

A penalty committed on Sergio Busquets then allowed to score from the penalty spot to make it 5-4 with 20 minutes still to play. But despite Barcelona's efforts, Levante were able to dig deep and end their incredible run of 43 games without tasting defeat.

To round off a disappointing night for Barca, Belgian defender suffered an which must put his place at in doubt.



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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 15:26 IST