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Barcelona Squeeze Out Win Over Bayer Leverkusen

Barcelona turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 over Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday in the Champions League after late goals by Sergio Roberto and Luis Suarez.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos gave Leverkusen the lead in the 22nd minute. The Greek defender reached highest on a corner and beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the Barcelona net. Ter Stegen was furious with Luis Suarez who failed to properly mark Papadopoulos.

Leverkusen had a couple of opportunities to extend their lead, but failed to convert. Nonetheless, they looked to be heading towards a spectacular away win at Camp Nou, but with 10 minutes to go a double salvo from the home team secured the three points for Barca.

Sergio Roberto knocked in a rebound from close range in the 80th minute and Luis Suarez scored the winner two minutes later after a wonderful strike just inside the penalty area.

Manager Luis Enrique was pleased that his team never gave up.

“This team runs and goes all out every game,” Enrique told fcbarcelona.com after the game. “My players deserve a huge amount of credit for turning around a very difficult situation.

“The team’s faith was indestructible today. That’s football. Sometimes you win with faith, sometimes with heart, and sometimes with great play. It’s clear today it was about faith.”

This was the first game for Barcelona without Lionel Messi after he suffered an injury against Las Palmas over the weekend. Sandro came in and took Messi’s spot in the attack next to Suarez and Neymar.

Barcelona tops Group E with four points. In the other game in the group, BATE Borisov defeated AS Roma 3-2.

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