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Barcelona 2-1 Leganes

Unai Lopez
Unai Lopez's goal looked set to earn Leganes - promoted last May - a point at the Nou Camp

Lionel Messi's 90th-minute penalty saw off the challenge of gutsy Leganes and spared Barcelona from a second successive embarrassing result.

The champions underwhelmed again after Tuesday's 4-0 Champions League defeat at Paris St-Germain and had keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to thank for a string of great saves.

Messi gave Barca an early lead, before Unai Lopez fired in the equaliser.

The Barcelona forward then slammed in the late winner from the spot.

Victory sees the Catalan giants move two points above Sevilla into second place in La Liga. They have 51 points, one fewer than leaders Real Madrid who have two games in hand.

Ter Stegen saves Barca from humiliation

Luis Enrique's side threatened an avalanche of goals after Luis Suarez teed up Messi with an inch-perfect low cross for the opener in the third minute.

It was the Argentine forward's first contact with the ball in the area having failed to register a single touch in the box against PSG on Tuesday.

However, the glut of goals never materialised and the attacking threats of Messi, Suarez and Neymar struggled to break down the disciplined defence of the league's 17th-placed side.

Leganes - promoted to the top flight this season for the first time in their 89-year history - markedly grew in confidence and began to attack a Barca backline without stalwarts Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba.

Winger Nabil El Zhar was twice thwarted by Ter Stegen. Both shots produced diving saves from the German, the second more impressive after the Moroccan's strike took a deflection.

And the former Borussia Monchengladbach keeper made another great save, this time with his foot, to deny Miguel Angel Guerrero.

Messi winner follows Leganes controversy

Had Barcelona lost, coach Enrique would have had a case regarding Leganes' dubious 71st-minute equaliser.

Barca full-back Sergi Roberto had possession of the ball but appeared to be hauled back by Miguel Angel Guerrero, who fed Darwin Machis to deliver a cross for Lopez to slot in.

However, with two minutes of the allotted 90 remaining, Neymar cut in from the left and was brought down by Martin Mantovani.

Referee Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva pointed to the spot and Messi stepped up to convert, to the relief of the Barca fans and coach Enrique.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20Sergi
  • 23Umtiti
  • 24Mathieu
  • 19DigneSubstituted forAlbaat 81'minutes
  • 4Rakitic
  • 21André GomesSubstituted forIniestaat 80'minutes
  • 12RafinhaSubstituted forD Suárezat 80'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9L SuárezBooked at 46mins
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 3Piqué
  • 6D Suárez
  • 8Iniesta
  • 13Cillessen
  • 17Alcácer
  • 18Alba
  • 28Aleñá

Leganés

  • 13Herrerín
  • 2Román Triguero
  • 5MantovaniBooked at 55mins
  • 22SiovasBooked at 87minsSubstituted forInsúaat 87'minutes
  • 15Rico
  • 25El Zhar
  • 6Martín-Romo García-AdamezBooked at 90mins
  • 12MoránSubstituted forLópezat 65'minutes
  • 8Pires
  • 11SzymanowskiSubstituted forMachísat 70'minutes
  • 9Guerrero

Substitutes

  • 1Champagne
  • 7Machís
  • 10Bueno
  • 17Díaz
  • 18Insúa
  • 19López
  • 20Neves
Referee:
Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva
Attendance:
63,378

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamLeganés
Possession
Home72%
Away28%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 2, Leganés 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 2, Leganés 1.

Booking

Alberto (Leganés) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alberto (Leganés).

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Martín Mantovani (Leganés).

Attempt missed. Nabil El Zhar (Leganés) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Leganés. Conceded by Denis Suárez.

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

Nabil El Zhar (Leganés) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 2, Leganés 1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Barcelona. Neymar draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Martín Mantovani (Leganés) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Leganés. Pablo Insúa replaces Dimitrios Siovas.

Booking

Dimitrios Siovas (Leganés) is shown the yellow card.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Iago Herrerín (Leganés) because of an injury.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Tito.

Attempt saved. Gabriel Pires (Leganés) with an attempt from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Unai López with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Jordi Alba replaces Lucas Digne.

Hand ball by Denis Suárez (Barcelona).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Andrés Iniesta replaces André Gomes.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Denis Suárez replaces Rafinha.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Martín Mantovani (Leganés).

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alberto (Leganés).

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 1, Leganés 1. Unai López (Leganés) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Darwin Machís.

Substitution

Substitution, Leganés. Darwin Machís replaces Alexander Szymanowski.

Foul by Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona).

Guerrero (Leganés) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Rafinha (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Leganés. Unai López replaces Erik Morán.

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tito (Leganés).

Attempt missed. Alexander Szymanowski (Leganés) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nabil El Zhar.

Attempt saved. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Attempt missed. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Neymar.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 19th February 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid21164156183852
2Barcelona23156263194451
3Sevilla23154446281849
4Atl Madrid23136443192445
5Real Sociedad2313283632441
6Villarreal23109430151539
7Eibar2310583631535
8Ath Bilbao2310582828035
9Celta Vigo2210393636033
10Espanyol238873031-132
11Alavés237972228-630
12Las Palmas227783133-228
13Real Betis2266102235-1324
14Malaga225892936-723
15Valencia2265113140-923
16Dep La Coruña2247112635-919
17Leganés2346131639-2318
18Sporting Gijón2344152547-2216
19Granada2337132149-2816
20Osasuna2317152452-2810
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