Jan. 4 (Reuters) Ilkay Gundogan's contentious stoppage-time penalty gave Barcelona a 2-1 comeback win against 10-man Las Palmas on Thursday in an ill-tempered LaLiga match.
Las Palmas dominated the first half as former Barcelona midfielder Sandro Ramirez set up Munir El Haddadi to score from close range in the 12th minute.
After a defensive blunder, Sergi Roberto found Ferran Torres, who beat Las Palmas keeper Alvaro Valles with a scruffy finish 10 minutes after halftime.
Las Palmas defender Daley Sinkgraven was sent off for pushing Gundogan in injury time, and the former Manchester City midfielder scored the penalty.
It's unusual, so I hope all the audios come out. Las Palmas captain Kirian Rodriguez said referees should be as scarce as possible, not more important than players.
There's always tension. Everyone is nervous and wants to win. I understand the penalty if you explain it "Xavi said. We triumphed with a last-minute penalty.
He said, "I understand Kirian, but it's a push and penalty." Barca moved third in LaLiga with 41 points, seven behind Real Madrid and Girona.
They play Barbastro on Sunday in the Copa del Rey and Osasuna on Thursday in the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals.