Leganes 1-2 Barcelona: Player ratings as Antoine Griezmann flops, Ousmane Dembele makes thing happen

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A pair of second-half set-pieces saw Barcelona unconventionally pull three points clear at the top of La Liga with a come-from-behind 2-1 win at bottom-placed Leganes.

The champions got off to an unconvincing start upon the resumption after the international break when Morocco striker Youssef En-Nesyri bent a stunning curled shot into the top corner on 12 minutes.

A fourth away defeat of the season, in all competitions, appeared possible at that stage when Oscar soon found the side-netting after a Gerard Pique error.

But Barca regained their composure after the interval. Uruguay hit-man Suarez – whose header forced an excellent save in the opening stanza – nodded home a sweet Lionel Messi free-kick on 53 minutes, before substitute Arturo Vidal swept in on the goal-line via a deflection of a home defender.

Here are the player ratings from Estadio Municipal de Butarque:

BARCELONA (4-2-3-1)

Marc-Andre ter Stegen 6: A bystander for the delightful Leganes opener. And didn’t have a great deal more to contribute, in truth.

Moussa Wague 6: Injuries and suspension handed the Senegal right-back a first La Liga start of the season. Solid, but not spectacular.

Gerard Pique 5: Rocked the crossbar with a second-half header. Rushed clearance on 16 minutes led to Real Madrid-loanee Oscar hitting the side-netting.

Samuel Umtiti 5: Attracted to ball in build-up to the goal and couldn’t get back in time to block shot.

Junior Firpo 5: Youngster was favoured in absences of Alba and Semedo. Beaten for pace by En-Nesyri

Frenkie de Jong 5: Another Barca star who didn’t truly shine in the Madrid suburbs. Made way for Fati on 70 minutes.

Sergio Busquets 6: Picked up booking that rules him out of trip to Atletico Madrid.

Ousmane Dembele 7: Whipped in corner that led to Vidal’s winner, plus teed up Pique to rock woodwork. France winger was lively.

Lionel Messi 6: Pinpoint set-piece allowed Suarez to convert. Also had one low shot that required Pichu to be alert.

Antoine Griezmann 4: Hard to defend this performance, no matter his stationing. Contributed no shots on target, key passes or dribbles. Face does not fit.

Luis Suarez 7: Guided header past the despairing reach of Pichu to level. Had seen a first-half header brilliantly denied. Now netted in three of his four La Liga games at Leganes.

SUBSTITUTES

Ivan Rakitic 6: Involved in scramble for winner, but critically didn’t touch ball.

Arturo Vidal 7: Predator’s instinct to be in the right spot to, unconventionally, lash in on the goal line. That’s four La Liga goals in nine appearances – one more than in 33 played in 2018/19.

Ansu Fati 6: Barca changed shape back to 4-2-3-1 when he was thrown on.

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