Sunday, April 15th, 2012
“It was so-so. Regardless, we scored a great goal for the first and we earned a great result ahead of our trips to London and then Madrid.” – Pep Guardiola when asked if Barcelona should have been awarded a penalty at Levante.
With 20 minutes remaining at Estadio Ciudad de Valencia on Saturday night, Barcelona were awarded a penalty by referee José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes which has once again opened up the debate about refereeing decisions in La liga.
The resulting spot kick, converted by Lionel Messi for his 41st goal of the season, secured a 2-1 win thereby closing the gap on Real Madrid back to four points.
Timing wise, it was a huge moment in the season since Barcelona have a massive week ahead, facing Chelsea in London followed by El Clasico at the Nou Camp next Saturday night.
Isaac Cuenca, a surprising half-time substitute for Xavi, advanced down the right and after a 1-2 with Alexis Sanchez took on Levante defender Pedro Botelho (who is on loan from Arsenal).
There is little doubt that Cuenca went down easily but Botelho had hands up in the box which is always a dangerous game to play.
The debate has already been raging in the comments section of the Levante-Barcelona match thread and on the Cuenca-Botelho video, have your say below.
Videos have already emerged, presumably from angry Real Madrid fans, painting Isaac Cuenca as a dirty diver.