Thursday 26 April 2018

Suarez saves Barca blushes with late winner

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Neymar Santos Jr of FC Barcelona fights for the ball with Guilio Donati of Bayer 04 Leverkusen (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
Neymar Santos Jr of FC Barcelona fights for the ball with Guilio Donati of Bayer 04 Leverkusen (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Two late goals from Sergi Roberto and Luis Suarez gave Barcelona a remarkable 2-1 home win over Bayer Leverkusen in Champions League Group E last night.

Trailing 1-0 at the Nou Camp with 10 minutes to go, Sergi poked in a rebound from close range, and moments later Suarez swept the ball home from just inside the area. Kyriakos Papadopoulos put the German side ahead after 22 minutes from a corner, with Barca 'keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen beaten in the air.

Also in Group E, Belarus champions BATE Borisov shocked injury-hit AS Roma with a 3-2 home win. BATE went 3-0 up in the first 30 minutes through Ihar Stasevich and two from Filip Mladenovic.

In Group F, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski continued his remarkable scoring run with a hat-trick in a 5-0 thrashing of Dinamo Zagreb to smash the Croats' 45-game unbeaten run.

In an explosive first half in which Bayern were 4-0 up inside half an hour, Lewandowski, who has notched a staggering 10 goals in their last three matches, including five in nine minutes against VfL Wolfsburg, netted twice in seven minutes after Brazilian Diego Costa had put Bayern ahead.

Mario Goetze added his second of the campaign before Poland captain Lewandowski chipped 'keeper Eduardo in the 55th minute for his third goal as Bayern moved to a maximum six points from two Group F matches.

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