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Messi was brought down for a penalty. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

  • Clean sheet. In four wins in four games, Barça have not conceded a single goal. It’s the first time the club has ever survived so far in a season without letting in a goal, and equals Atlético Madrid’s record set back in 1991/92. Tonight, Claudio Bravo saved both of Levante’s two shots on target.
  • Neymar breaks the deadlock. It looked like this was going to be a very similar affair to the one against APOEL in the Champions League, but the Brazilian striker scuppered Levante’s defensive plans. After two failed attempts, the third went past Jesús after 34 minutes. Neymar was very active in the first half, displaying the very best of his skill and flair. He left the game in the second half, and led the team in dribbles (4) and shot (4).

  • Levante down to 10. The home side controlled the situation very well up until Neymar’s opening goal, but seven minutes after that setback, they found themselves in deeper water when Vyntra was sent off and a penalty was given against them. Messi missed the spot kick, but there would be four more Barça goals to come.

  • Rakitic opportunistic. The Croat was involved in two of the most important actions of the match. His 14th minute goal-line clearance, after chasing Víctor Casadesús half the length of the pitch, was providential. Half an hour later, Rakitic got his first ever goal for Barça, a thunderbolt of a strike just before half-time.

  • Messi the goal-giver. The Argentinian more than made up for missing that first half penalty. He supplied goals for both Neymar and Sandro and then got one himself late on with a deft chip. The only player to have appeared in all five official matches this season has five goals and six assists to his name.

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