Sergi Roberto, Luis Suarez rescue Barcelona in dramatic late win

Barcelona produced a late comeback to earn a 2-1 victory over a brave Bayer Leverkusen as the European champions claimed their first win in Group A at the Camp Nou. Kyriakos Papadopoulos had given the visitors a well deserved first-half lead with his header on 22 minutes but two late goals in two minutes turned the match on its head as substitute Sergi Roberto and Luis Suarez broke the hearts of Roger Schmidt’s side. Barcelona, who were playing their first match without the injured Leo Messi, were slow and predictable – particularly in the first-half – but were saved by the two late goals. The Spanish giants were expected to record an easy victory over their young and inexperienced opponents but it was the visitors who started the brightest and were unfortunate not to be leading by more than one goal at the break. In fact, their dominance continued into the second-half but they couldn’t add to their lead and Javier Hernandez’s miss four minutes after the restart is sure to give the Mexican sleepless nights.

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