MADRID: Lionel Messi scored an impressive goal but Barcelona’s hopes of winning the La Liga title were fading after a 3-3 draw against Levante.
The result allowed Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid to distance themselves from third -placed Ronald Koeman’s Barca.
“We’re always hoping for another result but our goal is to win our three games and expect rivals to drop points. Now it’s getting more complicated,” Koeman said.
Levante are 14th in the league and have only won once in their last eight games, but have excelled in three of their last four home games against Barca, including a draw this time around.
Barcelona took a 2-0 lead thanks to Messi’s acrobatic shot and Pedri’s easy push, but Levante equalized with two goals in the space of two minutes in the second half thanks to goals from Gonzalo Melero and Jose Luis Morales.
Ousmane Dembele put Barca back in front but Sergio Leon made sure Levante did not turn a blind eye at home.