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Late Barcelona comeback shatters Leverkusen

Published: Tuesday 29 September 2015, 22.59CET
Barcelona 2-1 Leverkusen
Trailing with ten minutes left, Barcelona equalised through Sergi Roberto and won the Group E points thanks to Luis Suárez's curling strike.
by Graham Hunter
from Camp Nou
Late Barcelona comeback shatters Leverkusen
Luis Suárez celebrates in familiar style after his 82nd-minute clincher ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

BarcelonaLeverkusen

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)65
 
35
Total attempts19
 
9
on target8
 
3
off target6
 
5
blocked5
 
1
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners4
 
1
Offsides3
 
5
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
22
Fouls suffered21
 
9
Passes692
 
266
completed585
 
181

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 20/11/2017 15:48 CET
 
Published: Tuesday 29 September 2015, 22.59CET

Late Barcelona comeback shatters Leverkusen

Barcelona 2-1 Leverkusen
Trailing with ten minutes left, Barcelona equalised through Sergi Roberto and won the Group E points thanks to Luis Suárez's curling strike.

  • Kyriakos Papadopoulos heads Leverkusen into a first-half lead
  • Sergi Roberto equalises with ten minutes remaining
  • Luis Suárez curls in the winner, prompting wild celebrations at the Camp Nou
  • Barcelona captain Andrés Iniesta limps off after 60 minutes
  • Next matches: BATE Borisov v Barcelona, Leverkusen v Roma (20 October)

A late goal from substitute Sergi Roberto and a phenomenal Luis Suárez finish gave Barcelona a thrilling 2-1 victory against Bayer Leverkusen in UEFA Champions League Group E.

Marc-André ter Stegen and Bernd Leno had made eye-catching saves by the time the visitors took the lead. The home keeper did superbly to block Javier Hernández's volley in the opening seconds, while Leno had to leap to catch Ivan Rakitić's free header and then parry Sandro Ramírez's goal-bound shot.

Yet when Hakan Çalhanoğlu took the 22nd-minute corner which led to the opener there was defensive fallibility. Barcelona's part zonal, part man-to-man system misfunctioned. Jérémy Mathieu did not jump at the front post, Ter Stegen was out of position and the merest touch from Kyriakos Papadopoulos diverted the ball in.

The drama continued unabated. Ter Stegen was lectured by Suárez for his part in the goal but almost immediately produced a vital contribution by parrying Karim Bellarabi's close-range effort with a strong arm.

At the other end, a sublime volleyed pass from Rakitić led to chaos as Neymar's shot slithered off the far post and Sandro's follow-up attempt was cleared off the line by Papadopoulos.

Barcelona's second-half display was stronger, Neymar putting a 55th-minute effort narrowly wide of one post and a 64th-minute free-kick a whisker away from the other. Hernández then missed a glorious chance for Bayer and was immediately replaced.

With Rafinha and Lionel Messi out for months the sight of Andrés Iniesta limping off with a hamstring injury just after the hour must have been as painful as the scoreline for Luis Enrique. Sergi, however, gave the Barcelona coach reason to smile when he followed up after Leno had denied Suárez.

Two minutes later Enrique was off the bench in celebration. Munir El Haddadi worked his way into the box from right and passed back to Suárez, who curled in a fine strike.

Key player
Hard to pick between the mature, confident, relentless work of Lars Bender and Christoph Kramer or Papadopoulos, who scored and cleared a certain goal off the line. But Suárez's finish was so crucial, so powerful and dramatic that he is impossible to ignore.

Where the match almost turned
Leverkusen stole a trick from the Barça book with extraordinary pressing. The European champions found it terribly difficult to break through as the visitors worked with athleticism and intelligence, resulting in frustration and errors. But sometimes mercurial talent wriggles free Houdini-style right at the end.

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Last updated: 11/11/15 15.39CET

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Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

leverkusen

Leverkusen

1
ter StegenMarc-André ter Stegen (GK)
1
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
4
TahJonathan Tah
4
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Substitution72
5
PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
Goal22
Yellow Card68
5
BusquetsSergio Busquets
7
HernándezJavier Hernández
Substitution55
6
Dani AlvesDani Alves
8
L. BenderLars Bender (C)
Yellow Card41
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta (C)
Substitution60
10
Hakan ÇalhanoğluHakan Çalhanoğlu
Yellow Card64
9
SuárezLuis Suárez
Goal82
18
WendellWendell
11
NeymarNeymar
Yellow Card37
23
KramerChristoph Kramer
14
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
Yellow Card30
26
DonatiGiulio Donati
Substitution76
19
Sandro RamírezSandro Ramírez
Substitution63
38
BellarabiKarim Bellarabi
Substitution66
24
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
44
KamplKevin Kampl
Yellow Card89

Substitutes

25
MasipJordi Masip (GK)
25
KrešićDario Krešić (GK)
2
DouglasDouglas
2
André RamalhoAndré Ramalho
15
BartraMarc Bartra
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
Substitution55
17
El HaddadiMunir El Haddadi
Substitution63
13
HilbertRoberto Hilbert
Substitution76
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
Substitution60
Yellow Card75
14
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
20
Sergi RobertoSergi Roberto
Substitution72
Goal80
17
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
28
GumbauGerard Gumbau
19
BrandtJulian Brandt
Substitution66

Coach

Luis Enrique (ESP) Roger Schmidt (GER)

Referee

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Assistant referees

Stephen Child (ENG), Stuart Burt (ENG)

Fourth official

Michael Mullarkey (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Michael Oliver (ENG), Kevin Friend (ENG)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution