Levante V Barcelona - As it happened.
FT: LEVANTE 2-1 BARCELONA- A much improved performance from the holders in the second half, but they still needed a penalty, converted by Coutinho, to assure them of an away goal in the tie. Levante will be disappointed that they could not hold onto or even build on their narrow lead, as the tie remains finely poised heading into the second leg in Catalunya next week.
YELLOW CARD LEVANTE- Mayoral is booked for a trip on Murillo, and Barcelona have the chance to kick the ball up the field one final time...
Three minutes of time to be added on here...
CHANCE BARCELONA- Dembele takes aim from distance, but as ever, Fernandez remains resolute in denying the Frenchman.
GOOOOOOAAALLL BARCELONA! 2-1! Coutinho steps up to cooly slam the ball into the bottom corner. Barcelona have a crucial away goal in the tie and a foothold back in this first leg!
PENALTY BARCELONA- Suarez is tripped in the box and Barcelona have the chance to get an away goal in this tie.
CHANCE BARCELONA- Fernandez is on hand to block yet another shot from Dembele.
CHANCE LEVANTE- A dangerous cross to the back post is cut out at the last by debutant Murillo, and just as well, as Mayoral was ghosting in to take aim at the target once again.
CHANGE LEVANTE- A final switch for the hosts sees Rochina make way for Doukoure.
YELLOW CARD BARCELONA- Busquets goes into the book for a foul on Campaña.
CHANCE BARCELONA- Dembele goes close with a direct run towards the front post, but he is denied by Fernandez.
CHANGE LEVANTE- A second sub for the hosts sees Chema make way for Jason.
CHANGE BARCELONA- Denis Suarez comes on to replace Malcolm in Barcelona's final change of the match.
CHANCE LEVANTE- Morales does well to trick his way into the box, but loses his composure at the crucial moment to lob his shot over Cilessen's cross bar! What a chance to get a third goal for Levante!
CHANGE LEVANTE- Boateng makes way for Morales up front.
CHANGE BARCELONA- Chumi makes way for Lenglet in the back line.
CHANCE LEVANTE- Murillo and Semedo gets their wires crossed and Boateng is in on goal. But the Levante man is unable to sort out his feet and the Barcelona players manage to clear the danger! Nearly a total disaster for Valverde's side.
CHANCE LEVANTE- Cilessen reacts the fastest to intercept Mayoral's cross into the area. The attack is halted before Levante can add any further goals to their lead.
YELLOW CARD LEVANTE- Cabaco clearly fouls Dembele and is awarded a caution.
CHANGE BARCELONA- The visitors make a half time change, with Juan Miranda being replaced by Sergi Roberto.
And we are back underway in Valencia, after an entertaining first half. Let's hope for more of the same in the second period!
HT: LEVANTE 2-0 BARCELONA - The hosts take a commanding lead into the break courtesy of goals from Cabaco and Mayoral. in truth, aside from a handful of Barça counter attacks, the hosts very much deserve to hold such an advantage after a very strong first half display. Valverde's side have work to do in this tie!
CHANCE BARCELONA- Semedo slides in at the far post, but the low cross from the right hand side flies agonisingly wide of his left boot! So close to a goal back for the visitors!
CHANCE LEVANTE- The ball falls to Mayoral in the box, but the youngster can only fire his effort off target.
FREE KICK LEVANTE- The hosts now have the chance to load the box.
YELLOW CARD BARCELONA- Chumi cynically pulls the shirt of Boateng and earns himself a caution.
CHANCE BARCELONA- Great play between Coutinho and Dembele on the left hand side sees the latter reach the by line. But Fernandez is aware to the danger, and paws away the low cross before falling onto the ball.
CHANCE BARCELONA- Vidal gets an opportunity to aim at goal, but his shot is skewed, and flies wide of the net.
Thirty minutes on the clock and still Levante look good value for their lead. Barcelona have looked threatening on the break at times, but Valverde's side have been far from their best. Perhaps the hosts of changes have knocked the fluidity and rhythm of the holders' passing? Nevertheless, with another leg still to play next week, the visiting manager will not be too worried just yet.
CHANCE BARCELONA- Aleña performs a brilliant solo run, but his shot barely grazes the palms of Fernandez in the Levante goal.
CHANCE BARCELONA- Dembele breaks through on goal, but is denied by a fine sprawling save from Aitor Fernandez! A great chance to grab a goal back spurned there by the Frenchman!
The hosts are rampant here, and Barcelona's young(ish) side look shell shocked. Could the foundations of a huge cup upset be on the cards here?
GOOAAALLLL LEVANTE! 2-0! Borja Mayoral gets the second for the hosts! The Real Madrid loanee latched onto a Boateng through ball, and drove a shot past the reach of Cilessen and into the far bottom corner of the net! A great finish from the youngster! This match has just become a big task for Barcelona's youngsters to contend with!
FREE KICK BARCELONA- A first opportunity to launch an aerial attack on the Levante goal for the visitors.
CHANCE LEVANTE- Chaos in the Barcelona box, as Boateng fires at goal from mere yards out. But for the quick reactions of Cilessen, the visitors would have been two goals down there! What a chance for the hosts to extend their lead!
Wow! A strong opening 10 minutes from the hosts sees them good value for a 1-0 lead over Kings Cup holders Barcelona. Perhaps it should have been expected, as Lopez' side performed in a similar manner in the first half of the league clash between the sides here before the winter break. Nevertheless, Barcelona need to sharpen up here if they are to get back into this match!
CHANCE LEVANTE- Boateng breaks into the channel and takes aim with a low drive, but Cilessen gets down quickly to smother the danger! Levante's tails are up here!
GOOOAAAALLLL LEVANTE! 1-0! Cabaco powers home a header from the subsequent free kick and the hosts have the lead from the very first attack of the game! Barcelona have work to do here!
FREE KICK LEVANTE- An early chance for the hosts to load the box here...
And we are finally underway here in Valencia! Let's hope for an entertaining cup tie!
Kick off is just moments away here.
Warm ups are well and truly underway here, with just under 20 minutes until kick off.
The teams have begun to arrive at the stadium now, with warm ups due to commence shortly.
Interesting team news from both sides there. Hosts Levante field a strong attacking line, with Boateng, Postigo and Campaña retaining their starting berths from the league match against Barcelona last month. In contrast, Barcelona opt to field many young players, with Coutinho, Cilessen and Dembele the only big names to start the encounter. Jeison Murillo is handed his debut for the club.
Next, presenting the starting XI for the visitors, Barcelona:
Now for some team news. First presenting the starting XI for hosts Levante: Fernandez; Mayoral, Chema, Simon, Prcic, Coke, Postigo, Rochina, Cabaco, Boateng, Campaña.
The dressing rooms are ready to welcome the players this evening, but which stars will be starting the match?
Meanwhile, visiting manager Ernesto Valverde said: "I don’t agree with all the talk that the Copa del Rey is a waste of time. We have to be excited about it, as it gives us a lot and we love playing the final and the semi-final. We have to go for it and not give anything up."
What did each manager have to say ahead of the tie? Well, home manager Paco Lopez said: "We want to get two competitive line-ups to try to win both games.We want to have people fresh, but we want to get the best possible team. I approach the Barcelona game as if it were a league match. Barcelona are a great team, but in one match we can beat any team."
Before we announce the team news for the first leg of this cup tie, here's a brief glimpse of the form of the two sides heading into the match:
Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of the King's Cup round of 16 first leg tie between Levante and Barcelona from Ciutat de Valencia stadium. Live build up, team news and text coverage to follow shortly...