Barcelona Open La Liga with a 7-0 Demolition of Levante

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Barcelona Open La Liga with a 7-0 Demolition of Levante

La Liga—Camp Nou, Barcelona.

BARCELONA 7-0 LEVANTE

Goals—Sanchez, Messi (x2), Alves, Pedro (x2), Xavi

The Gerardo Martino era at Barcelona began with a bang as his charges tear apart Levante at the Camp Nou. Some of the side's less-heralded players, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas in particular, shone alongside the genius of Lionel Messi, while Andres Iniesta only made his entrance from the bench.

Neymar was another who had to settle with a late introduction, having been afforded time to regain his fitness. His day will surely come.

Levante provided uninspiring opposition and were outclassed from first to last. The contest was over before the season was 20 minutes old and the Frogs will need to improve swiftly if this is to be anything other than an extremely testing year.

Lineups

Barcelona: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Adriano; Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas; Sanchez (Neymar) , Messi (Iniesta), Pedro (Tello). 

Levante: Navas, Navarro, Rodas, Barral, El Zhar (Ivanschitz), Rubén, Juanfran, Xumetra, Sergio (Pallardó), Pedro López and Simao (El Adoua).

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