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Watch: Barcelona Almost Stage Otherworldly Comeback From 5-1 Down, But Lose Unbeaten League Run

Barcelona sewed up the La Liga title long ago, but the Catalan giants were chasing an invincible league campaign heading into the penultimate weekend of the season.

No team had put five goals past Barca since 2003, and the last player to score a hat-trick against them was Diego Forlan in 2005.

That all changed at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia on Sunday however, as 16th placed Levante took a mammoth 5-1 lead against one of the world’s biggest clubs.

Emmanuel Boateng grabbed a brace within the opening half hour before a Philippe Coutinho goal to give Levante an unlikely lead heading into half time.

The Granotas sent shockwaves through their home stadium upon the resumption of the game, scoring three within eleven minutes to go 5-1 up, with Boateng getting another goal to take his tally to three for the night. The Ghanaian had only scored four for his club this season prior to tonight.

A 43 league game undefeated streak was in chronic jeopardy, but up stepped former Liverpool star Coutinho to claim a hat-trick in a five minute blitz around the hour mark.

Luis Suarez then slotted home a penalty with 20 minutes left on the clock to claw back the deficit to just one.

Top scorer Lionel Messi was left out of the squad, and while hundreds of millions worth of attacking power was able to make a game of it, the league champions were unable to break down Levante for a fifth time.

It was Barcelona’s first defeat to Levante, and it proved to be a costly one in their pursuit of history.

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