Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Levante end Barcelona's unbeaten dream with shocking 5-4 win

Levante end Barcelona's unbeaten dream with shocking 5-4 win

Valverde was also keen to praise Levante's relentless approach and defended Yerry Mina - the Colombia centre-back, who endured a torrid time on his third La Liga start. Levante have played well with freedom and we haven't been able to control them.

Spanish top flight expert Terry Gibson has since slammed the manager's decision to go easy on Levante, insisting he should never have let the chance to go all season unbeaten in the league slip.

The treble, the first by any player against the Blaugrana in the league since Diego Forlan in 2005, comes three months after the striker netted his first La Liga goal in a 2-2 draw with heavyweights Real Madrid.

"We had just two games left so losing like this makes Sunday a hard day for us but winning the league was the most important thing". "I can't see them getting any closer [to going a season unbeaten]".

"They had Levante away, Real Sociedad at home".

"You have to acknowledge what they've achieved, although it's unusual that we conceded five goals for how the season's gone".

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"It was a unique chance to do something historic, and their team selection, attitude, and the performance of Levante were the reasons it came to an end".

This was Barca's first league loss since slipping up against Malaga in April 2017 and Valverde will have questions to answer.

Spanish media was not as kind.

But Gibson adds: "You have to take into account he's the easy target and he's had bad press since he's been at the club".

"We have already talked about him in recent weeks", said Lopez. Andre Gomes is another example where it seems you have to be a big-money signing in order to avoid scrutiny.

HOW well do you know Barcelona stars and their WAGs? "It was a collective disappointment from Barcelona".

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