La Liga: Barcelona draw on Lionel Messi's return

Madrid: Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino believed his side deserved more after they dropped two crucial points in the La Liga title race with a 1-1 draw away to Levante on Sunday.

Lionel Messi reacts during Barca’s draw against Levante. Pic/AFP
Lionel Messi reacts during Barca’s draw against Levante. Pic/AFP

Lionel Messi made his first league start for the Catalans in over two months. However, after early goals from Loukas Vydra and Barca’s Gerard Pique couldn’t find a way past in-form Levante keeper Keylor Navas as the hosts clung on for a share of the spoils.

Barcelona remain on top of the table as Atletico Madrid were also held 1-1 by Sevilla on Sunday, but both league leaders are now just one point clear of Real Madrid in third.

Martino, though, is sure there will be plenty of surprises to come between now and the end of the season. “I don’t think we should be worried looking to the future,” he said.

“There were games at the start of the season when we won and we didn’t play very well. Today is completely the opposite. We played very well and the result is a bit negative, but it is not what we deserved.

“We still have 18 games to play and with the games all three teams have still to play there are going to be a lot of surprises.”

Atletico held
Atletico, meanwhile, missed the opportunity to dislodge Barca at the top of the table for the first time since the end of the 2011-12 season. 

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