BARCELONA maintained their seven-point cushion on the high of La Liga after having to come back from behind to beat Rayo Vallecano.
Targets from Gerard Pique, a Lionel Messi penalty and Luis Suarez had been sufficient to cancel out Raul de Tomas’s opener on a cushty evening forward of a difficult Champions League return leg in opposition to Lyon on Wednesday.
The league leaders knew they needed to reply with Atletico Madrid beating Leganes earlier on Saturday.
The guests ought to have been awarded a penalty inside 5 minutes when Pique blatantly pulled down Raul as he turned the Barca defender within the field.
However one way or the other referee Mario Lopez was having none of it and waved play on.
Samuel Umtiti was unfortunate to not rating when he simply couldn’t develop sufficient to get any buy on a teasing Messi cross.
Then Phillippe Coutinho fluffed his strains after Arturo Vidal and Messi fantastically mixed to tee up the Brazilian whose tame close-range shot when straight at Rayo keeper Stole Dimitrievski.
And after surviving the house aspect’s early onslaught, Rayo took a shock lead because of Raul.
The striker on mortgage from Actual Madrid latched on to by way of ball and minimize inside Pique to fireside dwelling half Marce-Andre ter Stegen for his 11th objective of the season.
It took Barca 14 minutes to get again on degree phrases when an unmarked Pique headed dwelling from a Messi free kick to settle all the way down to Nou Camp crowd.
After the break, regular service was resumed when Messi bought his 26th objective of the season on the day he surpassed Andres Iniesta La Liga appearances from the penalty spot.
Nelson Semedo was introduced down within the field by Jordi Amat – and after a fast look by VAR the penalty was confirmed and the Barca skipper made no mistake from the spot.
Suarez then bought in on the act along with his 20th objective of the after some advantageous work from sub Ivan Rakitic.