Robert Lewandowski obtained Barcelona out of jail as Alaves threatened to pile on additional distress for the reigning LaLiga champions.
The 35-year-old Poland worldwide headed residence a second-half equaliser after Samu Omorodion had fired the guests in entrance with simply 18 seconds gone after which transformed a late penalty to make sure an eventful afternoon on the Estadio Olimpico ended 2-1 to the hosts.
Nevertheless, Samu was left to mirror on what might need been after passing up three additional possibilities so as to add to his tally as Barca, who have been with out influential duo Gavi and Frenkie de Jong, turned in an abject first-half show earlier than lastly discovering their ft.
The house facet kicked off beneath some stress after their their midweek Champions League defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk, which got here within the wake of their El Clasico reverse and an unconvincing league win over Actual Sociedad.
They usually may hardly have gotten off to a worse begin as they conceded contained in the opening minute.
Ilkay Gundogan was robbed by Jon Guridi contained in the Alaves half and he carved his method deep into Barca territory earlier than selecting out Javi Lopez, whose cross was swept previous keeper Marc Andre ter Stegen by the 19-year-old Samu.
Issues may have been considerably worse for Xavi’s males amid a shambolic begin as they have been repeatedly opened up by the guests.