Barcelona stun Val­le­cano with last gasp win

Dy­bala’s strike sets Ju­ven­tus on course for their 10th win of the cam­paign

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Span­ish La Liga: Barcelona stunned Rayo Val­le­cano with two late goals to come from be­hind and win 3-2 to ex­tend their lead at the top of LaLiga.

The Span­ish cham­pi­ons took and early lead through Luis Suarez’s goal but looked to be head­ing for de­feat when ef­forts from Jose Pozo and Al­varo Garcia ei­ther side of half time turned the game on its head.

Ous­mane Dem­bele equalised with three min­utes re­main­ing and then Suarez got his sec­ond goal of the game in the fi­nal minute to seal a dra­matic come­back.

Ear­lier on Satur­day, sec­ond-placed Atlético Madrid had to set­tle for a point af­ter con­ced­ing a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at lowly Le­ganes. A su­perb free-kick from An­toine Griez­mann put Atletico ahead in the 69th minute at Bu­tar­que. But Diego Sime­one’s side were pegged back with eight min­utes re­main­ing when Southamp­ton loa­nee Guido Car­rillo tapped in from close range af­ter Ro­dri Tarin’s ef­fort came back off the cross­bar.

San­ti­ago So­lari’s first LaLiga game in charge of Real Madrid ended in vic­tory af­ter two late goals earned a 2-0 suc­cess over Real Val­ladolid. A Kiko own goal broke the dead­lock seven min­utes from time. Cap­tain Ser­gio Ramos wrapped up the three points from the penalty spot in the 88th minute af­ter Fer­nando Calero brought down Karim Ben­zema.

Ital­ian Serie A – Paulo Dy­bala’s strike in­side the open­ing minute set Ju­ven­tus on course for their 10th win of the cam­paign, al­though Cagliari made things more un­com­fort­able than the 3-1 score­line sug­gests.

The ta­ble-top­ping Bian­coneri got off to the dream start thanks to their Ar­gen­tinian star, but the vis­i­tors came back into pro­ceed­ings and equalised su­perbly though Joao Pe­dro.

How­ever, Cagliari were level for just 125 sec­onds as Filip Bradaric turned into his own net at the Al­lianz Sta­dium.

Bradaric was per­haps for­tu­nate not to give away a penalty shortly af­ter­wards and Cris­tiano Ron­aldo rat­tled the wood­work at the end of a first half that was fol­lowed by a far less in­ter­est­ing sec­ond pe­riod.

Ron­aldo did not find the net on Satur­day night but sup­plied Juan Cuadrado as the Turin gi­ants struck on the break late on.

It was a solid re­sponse to near­est ri­vals In­ter Mi­lan romp­ing to a 5-0 win against Genoa.

Satur­day’s only other Serie A fix­ture saw Roma man­age to peg back Fiorentina at the death at the Artemio Franchi for a 1-1 draw.

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