Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani
Alves, Adriano, Abidal, Montoya; Thiago (Pedro 66'), Alex Song, Iniesta (Xavi
58'), David Villa, Fàbregas, Tello (Alexis 76'). 4-3-3.
Levante: Keylor Navas; Pedro López, Vyntra, David Navarro, Juanfran; Simao Mate (Michel 85'), Diop; El Zhar (Valdo 68'), Barkero, Rubén García (Roger 89'); Acquafresca. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 84. Fàbregas. Controlled Alexis cross and fired angled shot across Navas.
Yellow cards: Diop 32', Alex Song 64', Juanfran 88'.
Barcelona maintain their thirteen point lead at the top of the table, although they had some problems before eventually running out 1-0 winners over Levante. With Messi still not fit and several other key players reserved for Tuesday night's visit to Bayern Munich, it was left to Iniesta to lead the side. And within a quarter of an hour he appeared to have given his team the advantage when he won a hotly disputed penalty after Diop tripped him as he advanced to the by-line. Keylor Navas saved David Villa's spot kick and Cesc Fàbregas's follow up however, and the Costa Rican keeper was in action again to save a Dani Alves free kick and another shot from Villa shortly before the interval. Rubén García had gone close for the visitors earlier on however, and after Acquafresca had a strike ruled out for a dubious offside at the start of the first half Vilanova turned to Xavi, Pedro and Alexis. They fared little better though until six minutes from the end, when Alexis found Fàbregas for him to fire a low shot in to the bottom corner of the net. Two more wins in the next six games and Barça will have tied up the title, and they could even be champions next weekend if Real Madrid lose at city rivals Atlético, but they will be grateful that they got through this one unscathed.