November 3, 2018 / 10:03 PM / 9 months ago

Soccer-Suarez strikes late as Barca snatch victory at Rayo

MADRID, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Late goals from Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez allowed La Liga champions Barcelona to snatch a 3-2 win away to struggling Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, ensuring they remain top of the standings.

Suarez slotted in a cross from Jordi Alba from close range to give Barca a deserved lead in the 11th minute after they had made a flying start but Rayo, 19th in the table, fought their way back into the game and midfielder Jose Pozo smashed an equaliser in off the post in the 35th minute.

Rayo winger Alvaro Garcia then sent the raucous home fans into delirium by stabbing his side in front early in the second half but substitute Dembele got Barca out of trouble with a perfectly struck half volley in the 87th minute.

Suarez, who had scored a hat-trick in last week’s drubbing of Real Madrid, completed the comeback three minutes later by arriving at the far post to steer in a cross from Sergi Roberto, keeping Ernesto Valverde’s side clear at the summit with 24 points. (Reporting by Richard Martin; editing by Martyn Herman)

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