The Catalan club made heavy weather of their triumph over the relegation-threatened hosts, with a David Navarro own goal and a Luis Suarez strike enough for victory
Barcelona marked Luis Enrique’s 100th game as coach of the club with a 2-0 victory over La Liga’s bottom side Levante at Estadio Ciudad de Valencia on Sunday.
Luis Enrique completed a century of matches in all competitions at the Barca helm with an 80th win as Luis Suarez’s second-half stoppage-time strike added to an early own goal from Levante captain David Navarro.
The injury-time strike sent Uruguay star Suarez top of the Pichichi standings as La Liga’s leading goal-scorer this season ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, with Real Madrid in action away to Granada later in the day.
Despite not being as impressive as in the crushing 7-0 victory over Valencia in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, the Catalan giants did enough to re-open a three-point advantage over Atletico Madrid – 3-1 winners over Eibar on Saturday – at the Liga summit.
Barca were dangerous early on and took the lead after 21 minutes when Navarro inadvertently steered a cross from Jordi Alba beyond Levante goalkeeper Diego Marino, but Suarez missed a glorious chance to make it two soon after when he astonishingly missed the target from inside the six-yard box.
Levante looked dangerous on the counterattack and hit the post through Jose Luis Morales before half-time, continuing their strong showing after the interval, but Suarez wrapped up the win in the 92nd minute with a 10th goal in his last six outings.