Ousmane Dembele scored a sensational late winner to give Barcelona a hard-fought 1-0 victory over battling Real Valladolid as they reclaimed second spot in La Liga Monday night.
Ronald Koeman’s men looked as if they were going to be frustrated as the visitors maintained defensive discipline and threatened occasionally with measured counterattacks.
But the turning point was Oscar Plano’s straight red card for a dangerous foul on Dembele – who had surged in from the left with a potential sight on goal.
And it was the Frenchman who volleyed home in the last minute from Ronald Araujo’s flick-on to send the Catalans into raptures.
Barcelona, who visit Clasico rivals Real Madrid on Saturday, now have their title hopes in their hands as they sit one point behind Atletico Madrid who lost to Sevilla at the weekend.