Barcelona’s new coach, Xavi, got a taste of his new job as the Catalan giants drew against Celta Vigo after surrendering a three-goal first-half lead.
Iago Aspas scored his second goal of the game in the sixth minute of injury time, an unstoppable 20-yard curling first-time attempt that beat Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s outstretched arm and nestled inside the far post.
Ansu Fati had earlier scored a goal that will undoubtedly become a signature goal, sprinting down the left flank before cutting inside a defender and shooting inside the far post.
Unfortunately, he appeared to damage his hamstring just before halftime, and he did not return after the break.
Sergio Busquets increased the advantage with a rare goal from the outskirts of the box, and Memphis Depay headed home Jordi Alba’s cross 10 minutes before the break to seemingly put the game out of reach.
Celta, who had chances in the first half, came out firing in the second, with Aspas bundling home after 52 minutes and a spectacular Noliti diving header providing optimism 16 minutes from time, but a point remained elusive until the superb late, late equaliser.
After just one win in their past five domestic league games, Barcelona are now in ninth place.