Holders Barcelona fell to a shock 2-1 defeat to lower ranked Levante in the first leg of their Copa Del Rey last-16 tie.

 

Erick Cabaco and Borja Mayoral scored in the opening twenty minutes to give the hosts a comfortable lead at half-time.

 

Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho pulled a goal back for Barcelona courtesy of a late penalty.

 

The defeat is coming just three weeks after Barca had thrashed Levante 5-0 in the league, with Lionel Messi scoring a hat-trick.

 

Messi was one of several omissions from Ernesto Valverde’s much-changed side.

 

The second leg will take place at the Nou Camp next Thursday.

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