Barcelona were unable to go three points clear at the top of La Liga as they were held to a draw at Levante.
The scoreline ended Levante 1-1 Barcelona, with Gerard Pique heading an equaliser after Loukas Vyntra had headed the opener for the home side.
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Quick first half analysis
Valdes: Statuesque for the goal, untroubled otherwise.
Montoya: Has gotten forward well though no real danger created as a result. Linking well with wide forwards.
Mascherano: Calm on the ball and has covered behind the rest of the defence several times.
Pique: Lost his man for the goal, made up for it with the equaliser.
Alba: Reckless tackle early on could easily have been one card or another. Not involved going forward too often.
Busquets: Controlling the recycling of possession well.
Xavi: Completely on his game, almost perfect in everything he has done so far.
Cesc: Hasn't managed to be a creative influence in playing in midfield so far.
Alexis: Good off the ball movement at times but struggling to get behind a packed defence.
Pedro: The better of the two wide forwards so far, just hasn't found the right end pass.
Messi: Being kept quiet and not many shooting opportunities.
Second half quick analysis
Valdes: Made two routine if flashy saves after the break but generally didn't have much to do.
Montoya: The best outlet for a while that the team had to stretch Levante. As with all four wide men, poor delivery let him down.
Pique: Stronger defensively after the break, had two late chances to score.
Mascherano: Solid and dependable. Rarely beaten.
Busquets: Passing in final third was over ambitious, won everything back against the counter attack though.
Xavi: Not as dominant in the second half, subbed.
Cesc: Had played fairly well but unhappy to be subbed.
Alexis: Poor end product all game.
Pedro: Overran the ball at critical moments, not enough link play.
Messi: Livened up late on with a few dribbles but Levante defended well against him.
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