And with the clock ticking, Dembele received the ball then showed his composure as he threaded a glorious pass to Luis Suarez who netted Barcelona's fifth goal of the match. Further forward, Leo Baptistao was joined by Gerard Moreno and Pablo Piatti in a 4-3-3 formation, while summer signing from Real Madrid Mario Hermoso made his debut at centre-back.
Valencia and Atletico Madrid drew 0-0 in a game where the tactics of Diego Simeone and Marcelino Garcia produced a spectacle that was probably enjoyed more by both coaches than neutrals.
At the Camp Nou, Messi put Barca on their way to a routine victory over their struggling neighbors in the 26th minute with a trademark piece of close control in the area and bullet finish into the top corner, although he had received the ball in an offside position.
Barca have a stunning fixture coming up in just a few days' time as they go head-to-head with Juventus in their UEFA Champions League 2017-18 opener on Tuesday.
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"Semedo is a strong, fast player who plays well in attack and defensively he will help us a lot", he continued.
However, the 20-year-old, who reportedly set Barca back over €100m, quickly bedded into his new surroundings after replacing Gerard Deulofeu and provided Suarez with the simplest of tap-ins in the dying moments of the game after a superb first-time assist.
They've now lost four points in a title race that's always about being extremely uncharitable when it comes to giving away points to the minnows of La Liga, which is pretty much everyone except for Real, the current Spanish and European champions, and Barcelona. "Levante closed up very well at the back and caused us problems".
The goalkeeper's best save came from a low-struck effort from Marcelo, who in frustration rolled to the floor, kicking Levante's Jefferson Lerma in the process and earning a straight red card in the 89th minute.