Levante end Barcelona's unbeaten dream with shocking 5-4 win

Barca lose after 43 matches in La Liga

"It was not a good day for us". The defeat immediately thrust manager Ernesto Valverde in the line of fire as he opted to rest the Argentine ace in favor of an inconsequential mid-week friendly to South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns. His team, however, were cut wide open by a rampant home side. Ghanaian striker Emmanuel Boateng netted a hat-trick, while Macedonian worldwide Enis Bardhi scored a brace.

Barcelona trailed 5-1 after an hour and still came within a whisker of a sensational comeback as Coutinho's second and third goals, and a Luis Suarez penalty, set up a grandstand finish.

"It was a very hard game, it was very open and we came back and nearly pulled it off but now it's over. 43 games without losing is still historic but now, we have to look forward", added Coutinho.

"It's a shame to lose (the unbeaten season), but don't forget that we've won the league", Busquets said.

But Valverde has refused to point the finger at 22-year-old centre-half Mina, who took most of the heat for Barca's collapse.

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"If you're going to go to week 37 with that record in mind, and then play that team, with two games to go and leave out Messi, who's not even on the bench and didn't travel, I don't understand", Gibson told LaLiga Weekly.

"Mina? You see the result, we conceded a few goals and people suddenly think the defenders had a awful game".

Mina has featured just six times since arriving from Palmeiras in January, with the Colombian blamed by sections of the Spanish media after Barcelona conceded five goals for the first time since December 2003 in La Liga.

Philippe Coutinho hit a hat-trick but could not save Barcelona's unbeaten season as the Catalans were left stunned by an extraordinary 5-4 defeat to Levante.

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