Barcelona’s unbeaten season comes to an end in 5-4 loss to Levante

BARCELONA lost 5-4 in a wild game at Levante, ruining the La Liga champions’ bid to become the first team to finish a Spanish league season without a loss under its current format.

The Catalans were playing without Lionel Messi, left out of the squad by Ernesto Valverde to rest ahead of a demanding summer for the Argentina forward at the World Cup.

Led by Emmanuel Boateng’s hat-trick and two more goals from Enis Bardhi, Levante were heading towards a historic rout of the recently crowned champions when the hosts built a 5-1 lead after 56 minutes.

But Barcelona roared back, with Philippe Coutinho adding two more goals to his first-half strike to complete a hat-trick of his own before Luis Suarez converted a penalty in the 71st minute.

Suarez headed high and over the bar from close range in Barcelona’s last chance to snatch a draw.

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