Barcelona came from behind to grab a win against Elche thanks to substituting Ferran Torres. The former Manchester City striker was the inspiration as Barca came from behind to maintain they’re fine recent form with victory at mid-table Elche.
Ferran Torres Scores to Help Barca Beat Elche
Trailing at the break to Fidel’s opener, Barcelona head coach Xavi sent on Torres and the Spanish International equalized with an instinctive finish. The striker could have scored more but found Elche keeper Edgar Badia in fine form. However, fellow sub-Memphis Depay won and converted a late penalty to fire Barca up to third in the Spanish La Liga table.
The Catalan giants have scored four times in four of their last six games, with January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netting in each of his four La Liga games. However, the former Arsenal man could not find the back of the net in the game as Barca struggled to impose themselves and Elche led at the breakthrough Fidel’s fine finish.
The second-half arrival of Ferran Torres changed the game and he was immediately involved, cleverly turning home Jordi Alba’s knockdown and forcing Badia into a series of excellent saves. Aubameyang was sacrificed for Depay who can and won the game for the visitors. The Dutchman pressurized Antonio Barragan into a handball in the box, with a penalty subsequently awarded after the referee checked the pitchside monitor.
Depay himself blasted home the penalty to secure three vital points and move Barca above Real Betis, who host fifth-placed Atletico later.