Match ends, Almería 1, Barcelona 2.
Almeria 1-2 Barcelona
Substitute Luis Suarez inspired Barcelona to a first La Liga win in three matches as they came from behind to beat Almeria.
The former Liverpool striker created second-half goals for fellow substitute Neymar and Jordi Alba to move Barca.
Thievy Bifouma gave Almeria, without a home win all season, a surprise lead with a counter-attacking goal.
Lionel Messi, who needs two more goals to break the La Liga scoring record, hit the crossbar in both halves.
The victory moved Barcelona briefly to the top of the table before Real Madrid thrashed Rayo Vallecano 5-1 to restore their two-point advantage.
Suarez and Neymar had been surprisingly left on the bench following successive league defeats by Real Madrid and Celta Vigo but came to the visitors' rescue to save them from a third successive league defeat for the first time since 2003.
Suarez, who returned from a four-month ban for biting against Real a fortnight ago, squared for Neymar to tap home with 17 minutes left before the Uruguayan played Alba through for the winner on 82.
He also struck a shot against the crossbar in an impressive 45-minute cameo.
Messi equalled Raul's Champions League scoring record of 71 goals with two against Ajax in midweek, but was unable to break Telmo Zarra's scoring record of 251 goals on a frustrating afternoon.
He has now failed to find the net in three successive league games as he remains one goal behind Zarra's tally.
- 4Navarro Jiménez
- 3Vélez Jiménez
- 7García Rabasco
- 22ParteyBooked at 31minsSubstituted forWellingtonat 85'minutes
- 23SorianoBooked at 35minsSubstituted forHemedat 68'minutes
- 19Sundy Zongo
- 9Bifouma KoulossaSubstituted forMéndez Ortegaat 77'minutes
- 1Cuesta Díaz
- 2Macedo Rocha Machado
- 6Dos Santos
- 15García Pérez-Roldán
- 17Méndez Ortega
- 5BusquetsSubstituted forHernándezat 66'minutes
- 31El HaddadiSubstituted forNeymarat 45'minutes
- 7PedroSubstituted forSuárezat 45'minutes
- 1ter Stegen
- 22Alves da Silva
- Alberto Undiano Mallenco
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Almería 1, Barcelona 2.
Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luis Suárez.
Foul by Rafinha (Barcelona).
Wellington (Almería) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Rafinha (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Verza (Almería).
Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ximo Navarro (Almería).
Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Fran Vélez (Almería).
Substitution, Almería. Wellington replaces Thomas Partey.
Attempt missed. Xavi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right following a corner.
Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Ángel Trujillo.
Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic.
Goal! Almería 1, Barcelona 2. Jordi Alba (Barcelona) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez with a cross.
Offside, Barcelona. Luis Suárez tries a through ball, but Lionel Messi is caught offside.
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Luis Suárez.
Rafinha (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Verza (Almería).