(Reuters) – Barcelona fought back to earn a 2-1 win in a frantically entertaining match at Elche on Sunday as a late penalty from Memphis Depay ensured they continued their revival after a troublesome begin to the season.
Having fallen as little as ninth back in November, when former coach Ronald Koeman was fired, Xavi Hernandez’s revitalised Barca have climbed into LaLiga’s prime three with 48 factors, leapfrogging Betis in third place.
Mid-table Elche opened the scoring proper earlier than halftime when Pedri tried to clear the ball however gifted an ideal help to Fidel Chavez, who out-ran Dani Alves and scored with an angled shot simply inside the correct submit.
Ferran Torres scored the equaliser within the 61st minute after nice play from Ousmane Dembele down the correct flank. His cross was deflected by Jordi Alba and the previous Manchester City ahead, in the correct place at the correct time, turned it dwelling from shut vary.
Barca’s winner got here after the video assistant referee noticed a handball from an Elche defender inside the realm and Depay rifled his penalty into the highest left nook.
(Reporting by Fernando Kallas; Editing by Toby Davis)