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Barcelona striker Luuk de Jong scored with a header in injury time to give his side a 3-2 win over struggling Levante after a remarkable game from start to finish in which his side were awarded three penalties.

Levante took a deserved lead against a lackluster Barca in the 52nd minute when captain Jose Luis Morales scored from the spot after a foul from Dani Alves and moments later the hosts were awarded a second penalty, for a handball from Eric Garcia.

This time striker Roger Marti rose to take it and his effort was saved by Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The visitors quickly made Levante pay, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang heading home from a cross from Ousmane Dembele in the 59th minute.

Teenage midfielder Pedri then put Barca ahead in the 63rd, striking for the first time in the bottom corner after being trapped by 17-year-old Gavi, who had also been brought off the bench in the second half.

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Levante players celebrate after scoring the first goal

Levante then won a third penalty of the second half when Dani Gomez latched onto a through ball and was tripped over by Barca defender Clement Lenglet. Gonzalo Melero took over and made no mistake against Ter Stegen to equalize in the 83rd.

But there was time for one final twist in a thrilling encounter when substitute De Jong connected with a cross from Jordi Alba and headed into the bottom corner in the second minute of added time to give Barca a seventh consecutive victory in La Liga.

The victory lifted Barca to second place in the table with 60 points after 30 games, although they are still far behind leaders Real Madrid, who have 72 points from 31 after beating Getafe 2-0 at home on Saturday. Levante are 19th with 22 points.

Real Sociedad recovered from Guido Carrillo’s opener in the third minute to see the game Elche 2-1, with Alexander Sorloth and Robin Le Normand on target before the break.

Espanyol to beat Celta Vigo 1-0 as Wu Lei notched an 89th-minute winner, while Ante Budimir’s stoppage-time strike saw Osasuna home versus low Alaves.

Serie A: AC Milan leaders held by Torino

Serie A leaders below par AC Milan were held to their second straight 0-0 draw and Sunday’s stalemate with Torino reduced their advantage over second-placed Inter Milan to two points.

The only notable first-half chance was a Davide Calabria strike which was saved well, with Milan looking nervous in their quest for their first Scudetto since 2011.

Torino improved after the break, Mergim Vojvoda being countered by an excellent acrobatic save from Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan before Italy striker Andrea Belotti fired into the side netting.

Milan never really got going and followed their goalless draw with Bologna on Monday with another tame stalemate in Turin, meaning they sit on 68 points from 32 games, two clear of Inter, who has one game less. Torino remain 11th with 39 points.

Ciro Immobile topped the Serie A goalscoring charts with a hat-trick in Lazio4-1 win at Genoa. Italy striker Immobile has scored 24 goals this season after Adam Marusic gave the visitors the lead.

Immobile doubled Lazio’s lead on the stroke of half-time and then scored either side of an own goal from Patric. Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic previously topped the goalscoring charts with 22 goals.

Fiorentina stunned third Naples with a 3-2 away win. Nicolas Gonzalez had Fiorentina ahead at half-time but substitute Dries Mertens equalized after 58 minutes with virtually his first touch.

Jonathan Ikone and Arthur Cabral struck in the space of six minutes to make Victor Osimhen’s late effort only consolation.

Rome put on a late show to beat Salerno 2-1 and remain fifth, two points above Lazio.

Ivan Radovanovic put the visitors ahead midway through the first half before Carles Peres and Chris Smalling scored for Jose Mourinho’s side in the final 10 minutes.

Hamed Traore scored twice Sassuolo upset Atalanta 2-1, and Udinese triumphed by the same score at Venice courtesy of last winner Rodrigo Becao.

Ligue 1: Marseille cements its second place

Marseille consolidated their second place in Ligue 1 after goals from Bamba Dieng and Cengiz Under for a routine 2-0 win at home to Montpellier.

Dieng and Under scored early in the first half to put OM, who have never been in trouble, on 59 points from 31 games.

They trail leaders Paris Saint-Germain by 12 points a week before facing the capital side at the Parc des Princes.

Montpellier, who saw goalkeeper Jonas Omlin sent off at the last minute, are 11th on 41 points with little to play in the remaining seven matches.

It was a one-sided affair at the Stade Vélodrome, where Dieng put the hosts ahead after nine minutes by tapping the ball past Amine Harit’s cross.

Dieng was then knocked down in the box by Jordan Ferri and Under converted the penalty to double the tally in the 19th.

Montpellier never looked able to return to the competition and the game fell apart until Omlin was shown a red card for bringing down substitute Luis Henrique.

Stade Rennais are third on 56 points, three behind Marseille, after a 3-2 victory at Stade de Reims on Saturday, while Racing Strasbourg are fourth, four points behind after a 1-1 draw at home to Lyon .

Bundesliga: Leipzig storm overtakes Hoffenheim

RB Leipzig’s in-form French midfielder Christopher Nkunku scored one and scored another as they stormed European hopefuls Hoffenheim 3-0 to boost their chances of finishing in the top four first in the Bundesliga with five games to play.

Nkunku has now scored 17 league goals while creating 12 as Leipzig, unbeaten in their last eight Bundesliga games, climbed to 51 points in fourth place, three ahead of fifth-placed Freiburg to win 2-1 at the Eintracht Frankfurt. Hoffenheim is sixth with 44 points.

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Bayer Leverkusenthird with 52, dropped points in a 0-0 draw at VfL Bochum. They host Leipzig next Sunday. The top four teams qualify for the Champions League group stage next season.

Leipzig, which has flourished since coach Domenico Tedesco took over in December, led 2-0 in the 20th minute after Nkunku struck in and Marcel Halstenberg extended their lead.

Nkunku then headed the ball past Dominik Szoboszlai to break through Leipzig’s third goal a minute before the break and secure a sixth win in their last eight league games.

Hoffenheim, who are missing nine players through injury and suspension, never got to see after the break as the game was already decided and Leipzig eased off.

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