Robert Lewandowski scored a dramatic 94th minute winner as Barcelona temporarily returned to the top of La Liga with a 1-0 win over Valencia.
Visibly frustrated by the home side’s passive style of play, Mestalla voiced its frustration, urging Valencia to press harder and win loose balls.
Los Che tried doing exactly that, but at the same time risked exposing their backline with little to no support when chasing the ball, as they almost conceded from a Lewandowski tap-in, his header striking the post on the stroke of HT.
A moment of drama ensued right after the game resumed, when Samuel Lino’s close-range effort was rightly disallowed by VAR due to a handball in the build-up play, much to the fury of the frantic home fans.
However, they struggled to carve out an opening in the face of a stern Valencia defence as the final minutes dawned.
Just as all hope appeared lost, Barcelona’s talisman stepped up to win the game deep into stoppage time.
Raphinha’s lofted cross dropped to Lewandowski at the back post, and the Poland international managed to steer the ball home with the outside of his foot at full stretch and break Valencia hearts.