Luuk de Jong’s stoppage-time header gave Barcelona a stunning 3-2 victory over Levante, who were granted three penalties.
The hosts took the lead seven minutes after the break thanks to a penalty from Jose Luis Morales, and they could have made it 2-0 moments later had Roger Marti’s spot-kick not been saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Barcelona took advantage of the respite, going 2-1 up thanks to goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Pedri just seven minutes after the miss.
With seven minutes remaining, Levante believed they had earned a draw when Gonzalo Melero scored from the penalty spot, but De Jong in added time gave the Blaugrana another maximum-point haul.
At the start of the second half, Daniel Cardenas saved Ferran Torres’ powerful header, then Morales tapped home from the penalty spot after Dani Alves impeded Son’s run in the penalty area.
In the 56th minute, Levante missed a chance to double their lead from 12 yards, with Ter Stegen saving Marti’s spot-kick after the striker’s header hit Eric Garcia’s hand.
Three minutes later, the hosts were punished when Aubameyang, unmarked, knocked home Ousmane Dembele’s cross from eight yards.
After being teed up by fellow replacement Gavi, Pedri put Barca ahead in the 63rd minute with a whipping effort from 15 yards.
Melero scored from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute when Clement Lenglet tripped Dani Gomez in the area, only two minutes after coming off the bench.
De Jong met Jordi Alba’s left-wing cross with a spectacular header that sailed past a hapless Cardenas in the second minute of stoppage time, giving the game a late twist.
Source: livescore news