Elche 1-2 Barcelona: Memphis Depay converts late penalty as revival underneath Xavi continues with Catalan giants now as much as third within the desk
- Memphis Depay scored winner as Barcelona beat Elche 2-1 away on Sunday
- Ferran Torres drew Barca degree after Fidel Chaves had put hosts in entrance
- Catalans have gained 4 of their final 5 LaLiga video games and are third within the desk
- Barcelona had been ninth when Xavi changed Ronald Koeman again in November
Ferran Torres scored his first league objective for Barcelona as they got here again from 1-0 right down to beat Elche.
Memphis Depay scored emphatically from the penalty spot to get the winner however it was Torres’ introduction at half-time that modified the sport for Barcelona.
Elche took the lead on 44 minutes when a mistake from Pedri gifted Fidel Chaves possession and he minimize infield to arrow his shot previous Marc Andre ter Stegen. The objective was towards the run of play. Tete Morente had gone shut for the house aspect however the stability of probabilities had been in Barcelona’s favour.
Memphis Depay scored a late winner as Barcelona beat Elche 2-1 on Sunday afternoon
Ousmane Dembele had gone clear however his lob over Edgar Badia had been pushed away. When Frenkie de Jong tried to complete from the rebound the ball was saved on the road by Diego Gonzalez. Sergio Busquets then despatched De Jong clear however he was unable to beat Badia.
On the restart, and with Torres on, Barcelona levelled. Dembele crossed from the appropriate and from Jordi Alba’s move. Torres scored previous Badia. He had already missed one probability to place Barcelona degree and had one other shot saved by Badia as Barcelona threw every little thing at Elche.
When the profitable objective got here it was from the spot after VAR had given hand-ball towards Antonio Barragan. At first appeals had been waved away however the referee modified his thoughts after see the incident pitch-side, persuaded by protesting Barcelona gamers that the defender had caught out an elbow to clear the ball.
Memphis put the kick proper within the prime nook, and with such energy, that even when had instructed poor Badia the place he was going to place it, he would have had no probability. Elche saved going ahead nevertheless and Ter Stegen tipped brilliantly over from Pere Milla after Fidel had discovered him with a low cross.
With the win at Elche, Barcelona moved as much as third within the LaLiga desk above Actual Betis
Elche had been then livid with match referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez as a result of he waved away their appeals for a handball within the space towards Alba. The ball definitely struck the left-back’s arm however it was ball handy and never – as appeared with Barragan – the opposite manner round.
Barcelona might have prolonged their lead. Torres had a number of alternatives however was denied twice by Badia. Adama Traore, on for Dembele, additionally went shut however couldn’t beat Badia.
Within the dying seconds Ter Stegen saved once more from Elche’s final nook and when Barcelona broke Adama appeared to have been introduced down within the space. There may need been one other VAR intervention however the referee blew for the tip of the six minutes of added time.
Barcelona’s terrific run had continued and for the second week operating two of Xavi ‘s substitutes had discovered the again of the online. He now has unimaginable attacking power in depth at his disposal and he’s taking advantage of it.