Champions League - Group E
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Barcelona 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Luis Suarez
Substitute Munir El Haddadi laid the ball off to Suarez to power the ball high past Bernd Leno

Luis Suarez got the winner as Barcelona scored two goals in two minutes to come from behind and beat Bayer Leverkusen.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos had headed the visitors into a deserved half-time lead as Barca struggled to find fluidity without the injured Lionel Messi.

But Sergi Roberto turned in a rebound with just 10 minutes left before former Liverpool striker Suarez smashed home.

The victory sees Luis Enrique's side leapfrog their German opponents to go top of Group E.

However, midfielder Andres Iniesta suffered a hamstring injury and was withdrawn after 60 minutes.

"These are thorns in our side we have to shake off," said Enrique of Barca's latest injury.

"It was a tough night - the second game without our best player and our second win. My players deserve a huge amount of credit."

With Messi out injured Barca boss Luis Enrique gave a start to 20-year-old forward Sandro alongside Suarez and Neymar.

Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez forced Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen into a good save as the away side started the stronger.

Papadopoulos put Leverkusen ahead from a Hakan Calhanoglu corner, beating Ter Stegen from a tight angle at the near post.

But Barca rallied late on as Roberto scored his first European goal before Suarez powered the ball high past Bernd Leno.

Elsewhere, BATE Borisov of Belarus pulled off a surprise home victory over Serie A club Roma.

Two goals from full-back Filip Mladenovic and one from Ihar Stasevich had put the home side 3-0 up after just 30 minutes.

Wojciech Szczesny, the Arsenal goalkeeper on loan at Roma, seemed to lose sight of Mladenovic's first, a speculative effort.

Former Gunners striker Gervinho got one back for Roma before substitute Vasilis Torosidis gave the away side hope of a draw.

But the Belarusians hung on for a win that sees them climb to third in Group E, level on points with second-placed Leverkusen.

Line-ups

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 6Alves da Silva
  • 3Piqué
  • 14MascheranoBooked at 29mins
  • 24Mathieu
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forRoberto Carnicerat 72'minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 8IniestaSubstituted forAlbaat 60'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 19RamírezSubstituted forEl Haddadiat 63'minutes
  • 9Suárez
  • 11NeymarBooked at 37mins

Substitutes

  • 2Pereira dos Santos
  • 15Bartra
  • 17El Haddadi
  • 18Alba
  • 20Roberto Carnicer
  • 25Masip
  • 28Gumbau

B Leverkusen

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Leno
  • 26DonatiSubstituted forHilbertat 76'minutes
  • 4Tah
  • 5PapadopoulosBooked at 68mins
  • 18Wendell
  • 44KamplBooked at 89mins
  • 8BenderBooked at 40mins
  • 23Kramer
  • 10CalhanogluBooked at 63mins
  • 7HernándezSubstituted forKießlingat 55'minutes
  • 38BellarabiSubstituted forBrandtat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Ramalho
  • 11Kießling
  • 13Hilbert
  • 14Mehmedi
  • 17Boenisch
  • 19Brandt
  • 25Kresic
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
68,694

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamB Leverkusen
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home17
Away9
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away22

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 2, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 2, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Roberto Hilbert (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Munir El Haddadi (Barcelona).

  8. Post update

    Lars Bender (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Booking

    Kevin Kampl (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Kampl (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Roberto Hilbert (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Munir El Haddadi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Neymar following a fast break.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

  16. Post update

    Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

  18. Post update

    Roberto Hilbert (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the bottom right corner.

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 29th September 2015

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid11004043
2PSG11002023
3Malmö FF100102-20
4Shakhtar Donetsk100104-40

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSV Eindhoven11002113
2Wolfsburg11001013
3Man Utd100112-10
4CSKA Moscow100101-10

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid11002023
2Benfica11002023
3FC Astana100102-20
4Galatasaray100102-20

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla11003033
2Juventus11002113
3Man City100112-10
4B Mgladbach100103-30

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona21103214
2B Leverkusen21015323
3BATE Borisov210146-23
4Roma201134-11

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich22008086
2Olympiakos210135-23
3Dinamo Zagreb210126-43
4Arsenal200235-20

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto21104314
2Dynamo Kyiv21104224
3Chelsea21015233
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv200206-60

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg22005326
2Valencia21013303
3Lyon201112-11
4KAA Gent201123-11
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