The connection of Ansu Fati and Lionel Messi sees Barcelona grab the Levante
MADRID: Ansu Fati became the youngest player to score a parenthesis in the league on Sunday capitalizing two brilliant Lionel messi help give Barcelona a 2-1 victory over I raised .
Fati, with 17 years and 94 days, broke the previous record of Juanmi Jiménez, who scored twice for Málaga against Real Zaragoza at age 17 and 115 days in 2010.
Messi teed up Fati's quick-fire double with a defence-splitting pass and then a trademark weaving run before Ruben Rochina scored I raised 's goal in the 92nd minute, which really should have come sooner.
Barça narrows the gap at the top to three points behind Real Madrid and begins to recover some rhythm under the new coach Quique Setien after the beating of Leganes on Thursday 5-0 in the Copa del Rey.
We could have won 8-2 or 8-3, Setien said. We lost some control in the second half and conceded too much, but it was a good team job.
Yet I raised should have converted more of a handful of excellent chances in the second half, that suggested Barcelona's defensive problems and fragility when in the lead are far from solved.
Leganes and I raised , who sit 18th and 13th respectively, offered a relatively straight-forward route back to winning ways too for Barcelona, who were wobbling last weekend when they followed a last-gasp win over Segunda side Ibiza with a convincing defeat by Valencia.
Setien, who replaced Ernesto Valverde as coach last month, found his methods questioned and there was evidence against I raised to suggest he may have decided to introduce his style of play more gradually.
Barça played with more urgency and ambition, sacrificing their domain of possession occasionally for riskier passes.
Yet I raised also pressed high and left gaps to be exploited, despite the likes of Valencia and Granada enjoying more success against Setien's team by sitting deep and bursting out on the break.
Fati has been one of the main beneficiaries of the arrival of Setien.
He exploded on the scene at the beginning of the season, but was used increasingly rarely by Valverde, who may have been cautious of carrying the teenager too much too soon.
Instead, Setien has started Fati in his five games in charge so far and this was the first time that his faith has really been rewarded.
It is a child that is emerging and has great potential, Setien said. Today he had a historic day for his goals and to help the team.
Messi's excellent form also continues. Now he has nine goals and four assists in his last 10 league games.
His first set-up for Fati came from the centre circle where he played a reverse pass through three I raised players that sent clear his teammate, who cut inside Jorge Miramon and finished.
Less than two minutes later, Fati was in again. I raised lost the ball upfield and Gerard Pique fired straight into Messi inside the right flank, midway inside the opposition's half.
He drove into the penalty area and when he finally stopped by a cluster of I raised chasers, he slid left to Fati, who fired through the legs of Aitor Fernandez for a second.
Nelson Semedo crashed a shot against the crossbar and then jumped on Tono only for Antoine Griezmann to hit wide on the front post.
But I raised were more dangerous in the second half and could have taken a draw if they had been more clinical with a handful of opportunities.
The best of them fell to Gonzalo Melero, who went on, and by the time Rochina's shot flew through a pair of legs and in the hands of Marc-Andre ter Stegen, there were only two minutes left.
There was time for one I raised attack and Sergio Busquets' weak header gave Rochina another chance but he could not keep his shot down.
Sevilla y Real Sociedad perdieron terreno en la carrera por la clasificación de the league de Campeones cuando Getafe venció al Athletic de Bilbao para subir a tercera.
The Real Sociedad lost 2-1 in Leganés, while Sevilla had a 1-1 draw at home against Alavés.
In the middle, Getafe had won a 2-0 victory in Bilbao to put them in pole position behind Real Madrid and Barcelona.
José Bordalas' team is now ahead of Sevilla in goal difference, while Real Sociedad is five points behind.
Getafe missed the fourth on the last day of last season, but they continue to show that their challenge was far from unique.