Levante 1-2 Real Madrid: Visitors win thanks to VAR penalties

Levante 1-2 Real Madrid: Visitors win thanks to VAR penalties

Pele had recently said that comparisons should never be made between him and Lionel Messi.

"Catalans have a tendency to see the glass half empty but Messi was really good today, scoring a hat trick and setting up another goal".

Barca lost 2-0 in their last visit to Sevilla, in the Copa del Rey in January, but turned the tie around with a thumping 6-1 win in the second leg. "We played a great match".

Sevilla's intensity prevented Barca from replicating their usual slick passing game and it took a superb goal from Messi to pull them level, the Argentine swiveling to meet a cross from Ivan Rakitic on the volley, leaving Vaclik with no chance.

The treble took Messi's league-leading tally to 25 goals in as many rounds.

However, Sevilla were only ahead for four minutes as Messi atoned for his earlier error with a sublime volley into Tomas Vaclik's top right corner from Ivan Rakitic's cross to get Barca back on level terms nearly immediately.

Sevilla had endured a humiliating 3-0 loss at struggling Villarreal last week but before the game Valverde warned of the Andalusians' outstanding record at their Sanchez Pizjuan.

"We went through a patch when we weren't playing our best and that makes everything more hard".

Barca's games in La Liga and the Champions League can be viewed on fuboTV (Try for free).

Gerard Pique suggested Real Madrid should be careful what they wished for after coach Santiago Solari complained that Barcelona would have an extra day's rest before Wednesday's Copa del Rey Clasico.

"All [competitions] are important for us", Messi said.

"We won't give up in any competition".

Following midweek European games, La Liga season resumes this weekend. If Madrid gets three points, however, they'll be more than ready to blow Spanish football wide open as we reach the home stretch of the season.

"Bale seems to be getting the blame for everything that goes wrong at Real Madrid - which is wrong".

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