Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Puyol
(Dani Alves 36'), Mascherano, Abidal; Xavi, Busquets (Keita 46'), Cesc
Fábregas (Pedro 72'), Iniesta; Isaac Cuenca, Messi, Alexis, David Villa.
Levante: Munúa; Javi Venta (Rubén Suárez 64'), Ballesteros, Del Horno (Cabral 74'), Juanfran; Farinós, Iborra (El Zhar 57'); Pedro López, Xavi Torres, Valdo; Koné. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 04. Fàbregas. Turned and beat Munúa after Iniesta played on Messi pass.
2-0. 33. Fàbregas. Steered header inside far post from Xavi's long free kick.
3-0. 37. Cuenca. Drove shot past keeper after Iniesta touched on Messi pass.
4-0. 55. Messi. Ran on to Dani Alves pass and struck angled shot past keeper.
5-0. 61. Alexis. Chipped deflected shot in off bar after picking up Messi pass.
Yellow cards: Javi Venta 25', Ballesteros 31', Del Horno 41', Fàbregas 44', Valdés 90'.
Barcelona thrashed fourth placed Levante 5-0 on Saturday evening to stay three points behind their arch rivals Real Madrid, albeit having played a game more. Juan Ignacio Martínez's team have pulled off a few surprises this season, but they found themselves behind in only the fourth minute after Iniesta played on Messi's pass for Fàbregas to turn and shoot wide of Munúa. Puyol could have scored a second had he been able to connect properly after the keeper could only push out a Messi free kick, but soon afterwards Fàbregas steered a header in to the far corner of the net from another free kick by Xavi. Messi and Iniesta combined again to set up Cuenca for a third shortly before the break, and Messi made it four after Dani Alves put him through ten minutes in to the second half. Soon afterwards Alexis fired in a shot which took a deflection off a defender and went in off the crossbar, and only some atypical poor finishing from Messi prevented the scoreline from increasing after that. An aggregate 39-0 scoreline in their nine league matches in the Nou Camp this season, and next Saturday's big clash in the Bernabeu stadium looks like it is going to live up to its name of "El Clásico".