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Barcelona 2-1 Levante: Champions Ensure A Happy New Year By Going Five Points Clear At The Top

It’s turned out to be a very happy new year for Barcelona as they register their first victory of 2011 with a 2-1 win over Levante. A brace from Pedro Rodriguez ensured no Christmas hangover and created a five point gap between themselves and Real Madrid at the Spanish summit.

The champions had to construct a makeshift back-four due to the absences of Gerard Pique and Carlos Puyol who were both out due to suspension and injury respectively. Anchorman Sergio Busquets was inserted into a central defensive partnership with Eric Abidal with Maxwell operating down the left and Dani Alves as always on the opposite side. Lionel Messi was given the night off to recover from his trip back from his native Argentina.

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MasterGuru4193d ago

A very bad game for a football neutral. Levante parked the bus even when they were 2 down. Disgusting.

sokrates4193d ago

Do you know how its to be Neutral? LOL- I cant!

MasterGuru4193d ago (Edited 4193d ago )

I'm not a neutral.

But I tend to "sound" neutral when in discussions regarding football because neutrals tend to get more respect and their opinions usually have a greater volume than that of a biased fan so I try as best as I can to "sound" neutral.