What a crazy match which finished as the first defeat for FC Barcelona in the season 2017 – 2018 (5-4; 9” 30” 49” E. Boateng, 46” 56” E. Bardhi; 38” 59” 64” Coutinho, 71” L. Suarez). With 9 goals during 90 minutes, this game was one of the most prolific of the season, but unfortunately not in favor of the Catalonia club.
With a remained team, especially without Lionel Messi and S. Umtiti, Ernesto Valverde did not succeed that no one trainer succeed before him: to finish one season without defeat in the Spanish championship. However we could think that they did the harder on last weekend by making a draw game against Real Madrid (2-2), but because of a fighting team of Levante, the harder was yesterday night.
The name of the hero of the match was E. Boateng, the striker of Levante. He succeeded to score 3 goals during the match, whose 2 has been scored during the first period, making kneel down of Barcelona’s players. Strong in defense, Levante let only one goal at the 38th minute by Coutinho.
With the score of 2-1 at the half-time, Barça could hope to catch a draw game during the second period, but Levante players succeeded to score 3 more goals in only 10 minutes just after the half-time. It was too hard for FC Barcelona even if they succeeded to score 3 goals thanks to a brace of Coutinho and a penalty of Luis Suarez. Barça’s players lost their first game of the season.
E. Valverde spoke about the game in front of the press: “Throughout the season we had controlled the counterattacks well but tonight we conceded three goals on three perfect counterattacks. It is not normal to have five goals conceded, because it has not happened to us all season. We could have lost a game three weeks ago, six months ago, or the first game of the season. We lost at the 37th day, but that means we deserved to win this series. It makes us angry that we did not realize this opportunity and try to finish unbeaten. But I'm aware that in a season, the matches go one way or the other. Tonight the result seems excessive at all levels but at other times of the season we could have lost, as in Seville (2-2).”
However, FC Barcelona will finish the season with the first place in the Spanish championship and also the winning side of the Spanish Cup.
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Louis Gilbert is a French student. His passion for sports came during his childhood by playing tennis for four years. His interest increased by watching football games with friends during the weekend and developed a passion for the French team Olympique Lyonnais.