Barcelona got a last minute penalty in their tensed encounter with Leganes on Sunday night, and Lionel Messi converted the spot kick to steer clear of another disgraceful outing at Camp Nou.
Although sports pundits believe that an almost calamitous evening for Barcelona and Luis Enrique should have ended with a draw instead of an undeserved win, Messi smiled home with a brace.
Nonetheless, a former referee Andujar Oliver, says he supports the decision from Iglesias Villanueva, the match official who called for a penalty.
Oliver argues that Leganes defender Martin Mantovani made a clear contact with Neymar in the box, adding that the correct call came at a time when both teams were struggling to keep their nerves in check.
The Argentine defender obstructed his Brazilian counterpart’s movement in the box and that was a foul play, he told Marca in an interview.
“There is maximum contact from Mantovani on Neymar, the defender obstructs the movements of the striker and he falls down leaving no possibility for an advantage,” he explained.
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The victory against Leganes becomes Barca’s first since 21 November.
Luis Enrique made massive changes in the side which played without mercurial midfielder Andreas Iniesta.
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Umtiti, Mathieu, Digne (Jordi Alba, min. 82); Andre Gomes (Iniesta, min. 80), Rakitic, Rafinha (Denis Suarez, min. 80); Messi, Suárez, Neymar
Leganes: Herrerin; Tito, Mantovani, Siovas (Insua, min. 87), Diego Rico; Erik Moran (Unai Lopez, min. 65), Alberto, Gabriel; El Zhar, Guerrero, Szymanowski (Machis, min. 70)
Goals: 1-0, min. 4: Messi; 1-1, min. 70: Unai Lopez; 2-1, min. 90: Messi
Referee: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva (Galicia).
Yellow Cards: Luis Suarez (Min. 47) for Barcelona, Matonvani (Min. 56) for Leganes, Siovas (Min. 87) for Leganes, Alberto Martinez (Min. 95) for Leganes
Red cards: None
Stadium: Camp Nou