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Barcelona 2 Alaves 1

Barcelona 2 Alaves 1

Barcelona came from a goal down to take the three points on offer against Alaves at the Camp Nou, on Sunday night.

The victory restored Barcelona`s lead at the top of La Liga to eleven points whilst also ensuring Ernesto Valverde`s side maintained their unbeaten record in the league this season.

But, in recording the win, Barcelona had to dig deep to come back from a surprising opening goal from their visitors.

With Philippe Coutinho making his La Liga debut at the Camp Nou, Alaves took a surprise lead when Barcelona were caught by a quick counter-attack with the former Manchester City forward, John Guidetti, racing clear to fire past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Barcelona didn`t panic though and set about their task in their usual style. Lionel Messi thought he`d scored the equaliser from a free-kick but the Alaves keeper, Fernando Pacheco, turned the ball on to the post.

But the equaliser was to come when, from an Iniesta cross Luis Suarez volleyed home.

However, although Barcelona were dominating possession, it looked as if Alaves would leave the stadium with a share of the spoils, until Messi sprang to Barcelona`s rescue.

With just six minutes left, Barcelona were awarded a free-kick and Messi stepped up to produce a spectacular effort that beat Pacheco to give the three points to Barcelona.

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Writer:St. George
Date:Monday January 29 2018
Time: 10:11AM

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