Ousmane Dembele scored a dramatic late winner to give Barcelona victory over Real Valladolid and a huge boost in their La Liga title challenge.
Barcelona move up to second, one point behind leaders Atletico Madrid, thanks to a sixth La Liga win in a row.
Barca looked as if they were going to be frustrated but the turning point was Oscar Plano’s straight red card for a dangerous foul on Dembele.
Dembele volleyed home in the last minute from Ronald Araujo’s flick-on.
Both sides hit the woodwork in the first half – Kenan Kodro’s header for Valladolid and Pedri’s low drive for Barcelona being tipped on to the post.
Barcelona’s title hopes are in their hands now after Atletico lost to Sevilla at the weekend. Barca visit Real Madrid in El Clasico this Saturday and host Atletico next month.
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Match ends, Barcelona 1, Real Valladolid 0.
Second Half ends, Barcelona 1, Real Valladolid 0.
Offside, Real Valladolid. Jordi Masip tries a through ball, but Roque Mesa is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Riqui Puig (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Frenkie de Jong.
Goal! Barcelona 1, Real Valladolid 0. Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ronald Araujo.
Attempt missed. Ronald Araujo (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Ilaix Moriba (Barcelona) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Trincão with a cross.
Substitution, Barcelona. Riqui Puig replaces Sergiño Dest.
Attempt missed. Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Sergiño Dest.
Substitution, Real Valladolid. Waldo Rubio replaces Kenan Kodro.
Martin Braithwaite (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Martin Braithwaite (Barcelona).
Nacho (Real Valladolid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Marcos de Sousa (Real Valladolid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nacho.
Jordi Masip (Real Valladolid) is shown the yellow card.
Óscar Plano (Real Valladolid) is shown the red card.
Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Óscar Plano (Real Valladolid).
Attempt blocked. Trincão (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Pablo Hervías.
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