Barça's resilience stands out in nine La Liga comebacks
The team's ability to turn things around has been the key to staying undefeated on the season
It’s no secret Barça has been incredibly resilient this season, although the team’s two late goals on Saturday night to salvage a 2–2 draw at Sevilla has to be ranked up there with one of the most impressive late comebacks in recent memory. It was the ninth time Barça has come back to avoid defeat, either with a win or a draw, this season.
Six of Barça’s late comebacks have come on the road. Here are the finals scores of those games, all of which saw Barça fall behind on the scoreboard:
Getafe 1, Barça 2
Atlético Madrid 1, Barça 1
Valencia 1, Barça 1
Real Sociedad 2, Barça 4
Espanyol 1, Barça 1
Sevilla 2, Barça 2
Barça has also done it three times at Camp Nou:
Barça 2, Celta 2
Barça 2, Alavés 1
Barça 6, Girona 1
The team’s leading scorers in the nine aforementioned comebacks have been — no shocker here — Luis Suárez (8 goals) and Leo Messi (six goals). On Saturday night at Sevilla, with Barça down 2–0 late in the game, Suárez scored in the 88th minute and Messi in the 89th to keep the team undefeated for a 37th league game in a row, one shy of the all-time record.
The nine comebacks have given Barça 17 points in the standings that they would not otherwise have right now. First-place Barça’s lead is currently 12 points over Atlético, pending the outcome of their Week 30 duel versus Deportivo.
Barça leads La Liga in late goals this season, having found the net 26 times in the final 20 minutes of their games. Here’s the breakdown by player:
8 Leo Messi
8 Luis Suárez
2 Gerard Piqué
2 Jordi Alba
1 Aleix Vidal
Barça is also the team which has given up the fewest goals in the final 20 minutes, with one.
With that kind of resilience and late game heroics, it's no wonder the team is unbeaten on the season and inching closer and closer to the La Liga title.