La Liga: Messi double dakes Barcelona back to top of table

Barcelona returned to the top of La Liga with a 4-1 win over Levante on Sunday evening.

All five goals came in the second period, with Barcelona being made to work against a stern Levante outfit.

Marc Bartra, Neymar and Lionel Messi all scored early in the second half to leave the hosts 3-0 ahead.

Levante’s consolation came in the 66th minute when Victor Casadesus finished a loose ball from close range.

Messi had the chance to convert a second penalty 15 minutes from time, but blazed his effort over the crossbar. The Argentine was not to be denied late on, however, as he scored a second in the final minute.

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