Barcelona came from behind to win 2-1 against Elche on Sunday, thanks to a late penalty from Memphis Depay, as they maintained their comeback following a poor start to the season.
Elche opened the scoring shortly before halftime when Pedri attempted to clear the ball but instead provided a superb pass to Fidel Chavez, who outran Dani Alves and scored with an angled effort just inside the right post.
After a wonderful play down the right-wing by Ousmane Dembele, Ferran Torres equalized in the 61st minute. Jordi Alba deflected his cross, and the former Manchester City attacker, who was in the right position at the right time, put it home from close range.
Badia made three wonderful saves from Torres’ strong close-range attempts, while Ter Stegen saved Barcelona late on with a diving fingertip save from a Pere Milla blast that was heading into the top-right corner.
In the 84th minute, the video assistant referee recognized a handball from an Elche defender inside the area, and Depay rifled his penalty into the upper left corner.
Having dropped as low as ninth in November when former coach Ronald Koeman was dismissed, Xavi Hernandez’s rejuvenated Barcelona have surged into LaLiga’s top three with 48 points, leapfrogging Betis in third place.