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Murillo and Mayoral fight for a ball in the Levante-Barcelona of Copa del Rey.
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The Levante won 2-1 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey to a Barcelona that noticed too much the absence of their usual references. Without Messi, Suarez, Piqué and company, those of Valverde showed their worst image, and the young people did not live up to expectations either.

The granota team came out with much more concentration, as it was seen at the beginning. The premiere of Murillo as a starter in the center of the back of Blaugrana (this Thursday of yellow phosphorus) was settled with a goal in the minute 3, when Cabaco he slipped between him and Chumi to nod a center Rochina of lack. The start of the premises was brilliant, since they forced Cillessen to show off with two great stops, especially Boateng's second point-blank shot. They had not gone 15 minutes of game, and Barça suffered.

And more that he was going to suffer the rest of the first part, since Cabaco gave a ball between the lines to Borja Mayoral and this one crossed a great shot between the legs of Murillo in the only point to which Cillessen could not arrive.

With the 2-0 on the scoreboard, Levante came up, while Barcelona missed their usual trio up. The presence of Dembélé, Coutinho and Malcom was not enough to endanger Aitor's goal. However, they were Boateng and Mayoral those who were a real nightmare for the central Catalans, to the point that both went to the locker room at the break with yellow.

The end of the first part was marked by an incident in the area, when Chema and Cillessen touched, both faked an aggression and Busquets, who had practically not intervened, He also threw himself on the ground pretending.

Seeing that the defense was making water, Valverde removed the Miranda youth and put Sergi Roberto, to try to put more gallons and more security on the side. I do not change the script of the game much, however. Chumi was totally outdone, and Mayoral found a freeway there before the balls to the hole that they were getting, as he sent Rochina for his was his fourth shot on goal that forced Cillessen to throw himself with reflexes.

The Entrance of Lenglet by Chumi He confirmed that the young defenders did not pass the exam for Valverde, but his rectification also left the most veterans, such as a Coutinho who failed everything or a Dembélé who disappeared.

With the Barcelona injured, Paco López did not hesitate in putting more gunpowder, and Morales responded with a point-blank shot on the first ball he touched that Cillessen took out as he could. Valverde's response was to remove Malcom from the field, which reappeared after injury, and put a Denis Suarez with which he barely counts and had two games without a minute dispute.

A race by Dembélé, who drowned the ball, 20 minutes from the end confirmed that the idea was to rely on counterattacks to try to save the match, but Barcelona did not find a reference: this time Messi was not and that was noticed. In fact, opening spaces allowed attackers such as Mayoral to find more freedom to think and in the 80th, Mayoral had a clear opportunity that Murillo took out of what little he did in the match.

Coke knocked down Denis Suárez (who became the unexpected leader) in the area, and Coutinho did not hesitate to ask the shot from the eleven meters. However, the poor image showed did not even celebrate. The 2-1 keep them alive, especially for the return home, but the image shown by the Catalans portrays the problems that the leader of the First Division has.


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