Barcelona failed to replicate Arsenal’s English Premiership Unbeaten record in the La Liga as they were trashed 5-4 in a nine-goal thriller by Levante on Sunday at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia.
Ghanian star Emmanuel Boateng inspired Levante scoring a hat-trick in the highly-entertaining tie.
Philippe Coutinho also scored a hat-trick but it was not enough to help Barcelona achieve their cherished unbeaten record.
It was an error that proved costly for the Catalan giants as their Argentinian talisman, Lionel Messi, did not travel with the Barcelona squad to Levante, for the game.
Levante went 2-0 in front thanks to a brace from Emmanuel Boateng.
Philippe Coutinho pulled a goal back in the 38th minute to leave them trailing by one at half-time.
But Barcelona slipped to 5-1 down as Boateng got his hat-trick and Enis Bardhi scored twice within 10 minutes.
However, Coutinho completed his own hat-trick with two goals in five minutes. Luis Suarez then set up a grandstand finish with a cool finish from the penalty spot.
Barcelona threw everything at the Levante defence in a bid to get an equaliser but was kept out.
It’s Barca’s first defeat since April 2017 when they were beaten by Malaga 400 days ago.