Barcelona score two late goals in comeback win over Rayo Vallecano

La Liga, Vallecas - Rayo Vallecano 2 (Pozo 35', Garcia 57') Barcelona 3 (Suarez 10', 90', Dembele 87')

Barcelona pulled off a remarkable late comeback against Rayo Vallecano, coming from 2-1 down with just three minutes left to win 3-2.
The result puts Ernesto Valverde’s side four points clear at the top of the Liga table following Atletico Madrid’s draw against Leganes earlier in the day, with Alaves set to play on Sunday. But Barca had to work for the three points.
They took the lead after just 10 minutes when Luis Suarez finished from close range following a cut back by Jordi Alba. But from that point on, Barcelona lost control of the game, with Jose Angel Pozo equalising 10 minutes before the break, whipping a finish in off the inside of the post.
Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their first goal with Gerard Pique
Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their first goal with Gerard PiqueReuters
Rayo Vallecano took the lead just before the hour mark when Alvaro Garcia scored with his first touch off the bench, finishing at the back post after Raul de Tomas struck the woodwork with a header.
It looked like that would be enough for the hosts, who looked the more likely to score the next goal, but Barcelona scored twice in three minutes; first through Ousmane Dembele and then through Suarez, who slid in at the far post to complete the comeback.
This win saw Barcelona extend their lead at the top of the Liga standings, following on from victories in El Clasico last weekend and the Copa del Rey during the week. But Valverde mustn’t ignore his side’s failings just because Real Madrid are doing worse. Barca look extremely vulnerable at the back right now. A better team than Rayo would have made more of that.

MAN OF THE MATCH - Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

2-1 down with less than 30 minutes left to play… this was the sort of situation Messi usually rescues Barca from. But with the Argentinean missing through injury the onus was on Suarez to stand up, and he delivered. It was through the sheer will of the Uruguayan striker that the Catalans came away with three points, not just scoring the winner, but demanding his team-mates keep going until the very last whistle. That willpower made the difference in the end.

PLAYER RATINGS

Rayo Vallecano - Garcia 6, Advincula 7, Galvez 6, Amat 7, Moreno 5, Comesana 6, Embarba 7, Imbula 7, Trejo 7, Garcia 8, de Tomas 8. Subs - Velazquez 5, Alegria 6, Garcia 7.
Barcelona - Ter Stegen 6, Roberto 5, Pique 5, Lenglet 5, Alba 7, Rakitic 6, Busquets 5, Arthur 6, Rafinha 5, Suarez 9, Coutinho 7. Subs - Munir 5, Dembele 7, Vidal 5.