Highlights: Vidal Salvages Barcelona Win Over Leganes, 2-1

Barcelona's goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen makes a save during the match between Leganes and FC Barcelona.

Barcelona came from behind to snatch a 2-1 victory at La Liga's basement club Leganes on Saturday after another unconvincing display away from home from the champions as substitute Arturo Vidal struck a scrappy late victor.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde aligned his top four attacking players in a starting XI for the first time this season, with Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann flanking Messi and Suarez.

Suarez headed in a pass from Lionel Messi in the 53rd minute to cancel out Youssef En-Nesyri's opener.

Leganes was close to taking a point against the defending champions until midfielder Ruben Perez knocked a corner toward his own net, allowing an unmarked Vidal to tap in the victor.

Barcelona took control of the contest but were left frustrated until Vidal struck 22 minutes after being introduced from the bench.

The hosts took a 12th-minute lead after Perez passed to Roque Mesa, who went on to play the ball wide to En-Nesyri.

Leganes were bottom of the table and Barcelona were top when they met a year ago but the Madrid outfit came from behind to record a famous 2-1 win and ended the season in 13th place, their highest ever top-flight finish. Recent FormLeganes have won just one of their last five games and suffered three defeats, including a thumping 5-0 defeat by Real Madrid but they did most recently managed to hold Real Sociedad to a 1-1 draw with ten men as they now sit rock bottom of La Liga.

Barca looked for an inspiration two minutes in the second half and that almost paid off when Pique headed against the post following a floating cross from Dembele.

Valverde reinforced his midfield with Ivan Rakitic and Vidal.

Barca travel to title rivals Atletico Madrid next and will be without influential midfielder Sergio Busquets who is suspended after picking up a fifth yellow card of the campaign.

The comeback was completed with 10 minutes remaining in the second half when Vidal found the back of the net with a neat finish from close-range, with the Video Assistant Referee approving the goal.

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