Barcelona defeat Levante 1-0

Madrid, April 21 (IANS) Cesc Fabregas scored an 84th-minute goal to give FC Barcelona a narrow 1-0 win at Camp Nou Stadium here against a battling Levante.

The win was deserved by Barcelona, who had around 80 percent of ball possession but struggled to create chances against a well organised rival Saturday, reports Xinhua.

The win means that Tito Vilanova’s side could be crowned as Spanish Primera Liga champions next Saturday if they win in Bilbao and Real Madrid lose in their derby against local rivals Atletico Madrid.

The big news before the game was that Eric Abidal was in the starting 11 for Barcelona for the first time in 14 months since his liver transplant.

Abidal played in central defence ahead of Gerard Pique and Marc Barta, who could be first choice for the Catalans in their Champions League semi-final next Tuesday against Bayern Munich.

Elsewhere, Xavi Hernandez was also rested while Lionel Messi was also out despite having recovered from a hamstring injury.

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