Fati returns with a goal as Barcelona win eases pressure on Koeman – sport news

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Barcelona put some pressure on absent coach Ronald Koeman with a comfortable La Liga win against winless Levante at Nou Camp.

Memphis Depay’s sixth-minute penalty gave Barcelona the lead after the Dutch striker was fouled by Nemanja Radoja.

Compatriot Luuk de Jong then sped on Sergino Dest’s pass, scoring his first full season goal since his loan from Sevilla.


Substitute Ansu Fati scored the third goal on his return from a long-term injury.

Barcelona climb to fifth place in La Liga and are five points behind leaders Real Madrid with one game in hand. Real was played by Villarreal on Saturday.

The pressure on coach Koeman had grown after two wins from five La Liga games this season left them far behind the pacesetters.

And although Koeman was absent from the dugout on Sunday after being sacked for dissent in Thursday’s goalless draw with Cadiz, his players had no problem finishing a three-game win in all competitions.

Levante couldn’t register a shot until the 81st minute, while Depay was thwarted by several good saves from Aitor Fernandez.

A return and a goal for 18-year-old Fati, who wore Lionel Messi’s number 10 jersey on his first appearance since November 2020 after knee surgery, was a great success.

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