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Barcelona could move ahead of Madrid and secure second place in La Liga

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Following Real Madrid’s shock defeat to Levante on Saturday night, Barcelona find themselves in a very fortuitous position. As Barcelona travel to Bilbao on Sunday to take on Athletic Club, they will have the chance to leapfrog their rivals to second place in La Liga.

Levante caused an upset at the Bernabeu, with goals from Jose Morales and Roger either side of halftime securing the victory for the visitors. Real Madrid were reduced to ten men early on as Eder Miliao’s challenge on Sergio Leon saw him leave the pitch in the 9th minute. However, Los Blancos took the lead just four minutes later through Marco Asensio. After that point Levante seemed much more threatening. And despite Roger’s second half missed penalty, he managed to grab the winning goal.

This result leaves the door open for Barcelona to jump to second place should they win against Athletic Bilbao. The two sides will go head-to-head for the third time in the space of a month. The previous meeting ended in heartbreak for Barça however, as the Basque side pipped them to the Supercup trophy in extra time. The Catalans will be hoping to avoid any hiccups this time around to move up in the La Liga table.

Prior to their game against the Lions, Barcelona are fourth on the table with 37 points. Sevilla’s 2-0 win over Eibar has them in third provisionally, with 39 points. Real Madrid are still clinging to second with 40 points, but a win for Barça would see them equal the Galacticos‘ points tally. Barcelona would overtake their rivals on goal difference in a bid to keep pace with leaders Atletico Madrid. Atleti however, are showing no signs on slowing down as they sit 7 points clear in first with two games in hand.

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