Google+ PLANET FOOT 7: Messi leads Barcelona to crush Levante with seven goals to null.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Messi leads Barcelona to crush Levante with seven goals to null.

After Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring, Messi claimed Barcelona's second goal, stole possession to make the third, and passed for Pedro Rodriguez to score the fourth.

Messi scored his second goal from the penalty spot before Xavi Hernandez made it 6-0 against the demoralized visitors just before halftime.

Neymar, who has been recovering from anemia since his $76 million move from Santos in the offseason, went on in the second half in time to see Pedro strike again and polish off the lopsided victory.

The applause Neymar received when warming up grew to a standing ovation when he went on for Alexis in the 64th for his first official minutes in Barcelonas burgundy and blue.

Those eager to see Neymar and Messi together were disappointed, however. The two were only upon together for seven minutes before Martino sent Andres Iniesta upon for Messi.

The 21 year old Neymar was active upon the left flank but couldnt locate his new teammates with crosses.

Martino was hired in a hurry last month to replace Tito Vilanova after he announced he was stepping down to focus upon his fight against a recurrent throat tumor. But despite a hectic preseason and tiny preparation time, Barcelonas talented squad made the Argentine managers first game in Europe an simple stroll.

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