Messi fires anxious Barca to victory over Levante
Football – La Liga Santander – FC Barcelona v Levante – Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain – December 13, 2020. FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. [REUTERS/Albert Gea]

Lionel Messi dragged a nervous Barcelona to a 1-0 win at home to Levante in La Liga on Sunday to cool tensions after a chaotic week at the Catalan club.

Barca had dominated the game but failed to keep their composure in front of goal until Messi latched on to a through ball from Frenkie de Jong and thumped it in off the far post in the 76th minute.

The Argentine punched the air more in relief than celebration, having fired blanks in Barca’s recent painful defeats by Cadiz and Juventus.

Barca were still made to sweat to gain all three points, surviving a late VAR review for a possible handball against Samuel Umtiti plus a last-gasp volley from Levante player Son which landed in the hands of keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Messi fires anxious Barca to victory over Levante
FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their first goal with Antoine Griezmann. [REUTERS/Albert Gea]

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