Live: Messi Scores Two in Barcelona's Win over Levante
Barcelona 4, Levante 0
Goals: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 47', 52', Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) 57', Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona) 63'
Yellow Cards: Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona) 74', Carles Puyol (Barcelona) 86'
Barcelona: Valdes (GK), Alves (Montoya 14'), Pique, Puyol, Alba (Adriano 75'), Fabregas, Xavi (Alcantara 78'), Busquets, Pedro, Messi, Iniesta
Levante: Munua (GK), Lell, Ballesteros, Navarro, Juanfran, Iborra, Diop, El Zhar (Rios 61'), Barkero, Juanlu (Michel 75'), Martins (Angel 68')
FT: Barcelona 4, Levante 0
Dominant performance by Barcelona in the second half.
Man of the match is Andres Iniesta with one goal and three assists.
Messi with a shot on goal but it is saved by Munua.
90' Two minutes of stoppage time have been added to the end of the second half.
Oh wow, Victor Valdes. One of the best saves (twice) of the season.— Michael Cerna (@MichaelCernaBR) November 25, 2012
Victor Valdes saves a weak penalty effort from Barkero and then the Barca keeper saves the rebound as well.
86' PENALTY TO LEVANTE!
Carles Puyol is given a yellow card for a tackle on Michel in the penalty area.
85' Juanfran sends a shot on goal but it soars above Valdes and the net.
83' Valdes has had little to do in the net after his big save in the 13th minute that robbed Barkero.
He will be counted on in more important matches, but for the most part he has had today off.
81' Levante earn a late corner but they can not do anything with it as they have two players offside.
78' BARCELONA SUBSTITUTION
The final sub for Tito Vilanova will be Thiago Alcantara coming on for Xavi.
75' LEVANTE SUBSTITUTION
Michel comes on for Juanlu
75' BARCELONA SUBSTITUTION!
Adriano replaces Jordi Alba
74' YELLOW CARD!
Just as I say that, Cesc Fabregas picks up a yellow card.
74' The match has calmed down since the goal blitz by Barcelona to start the second half.
Levante still have the bus parked on their side of the pitch to avoid further humiliation.
70' Messi and Xavi make a run into the penalty area and they are stopped from scoring for now by Munua and three of his defenders.
68' LEVANTE SUBSTITUTION!
Angel replaces Obafemi Martins.
Pedro with a shot on goal that goes just wide to the left.
Victor Valdes forced into action by Obafemi Martins.
The Barca keeper just gets a hand to the shot by Martins and it is cleared away by the defense.
Cesc Fabregas gets in on the scoring with a shot that he taps in from the left post.
Iniesta with his third assist of the match on the goal.
61' LEVANTE SUBSTITUTION
Pedro Rios replaces Nabil El Zhar.
Andres Iniesta gets the third goal for Barca with a stunning shot that rises above Munua.
The shot grazed off the top of the crossbar and went into the back of the net.
Wonder how many club teams Messi has scored more goals than this calendar year. Would make for a heck of a graphic.— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) November 25, 2012
Messi now has 82 goals in 2012, he is THREE away from tying Gerd Muller's record and four from breaking it.— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) November 25, 2012
Messi Record Watch
Lionel Messi is just three goals away from tying Gerd Muller's record of goals in a calendar year.
Muller scored 85 in 1972, Messi has 82 in 2012.
Lionel Messi scores his 82nd goal of 2012 off of a pass from Andres Iniesta.
Pass and shot were both brilliant.
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