Goals from Memphis Depay, Luuk de Jong and the returning Ansu Fati helped FC Barcelona claim a much-needed 3-0 home victory over Levante in LaLiga on Sunday.
The victory, Barca’s first in their last four games in all competitions, moved the Catalan side up to fifth in the table with 12 points from six games.
They are five points behind league leaders Real Madrid, who have played one game more.
The 18-year-old Fati, who came on as an 81st-minute substitute before scoring Barca’s third goal, was making his first appearance since suffering a serious knee injury last November.
“I couldn’t have imagined a comeback like this. I’m so thankful to the doctors and physios who have been with me throughout all of this, and to the fans who have been unbelievable as well,” Fati said.
Having been held to frustrating draws by lowly opposition in their last two league games, Barca were quick out of the blocks on Sunday.
They went ahead after six minutes as Depay converted a penalty kick.
The Catalan side doubled their advantage just before the quarter-hour as De Jong latched on to a Sergino Dest through ball before finishing past Aitor Fernandez in the visitors’ goal.
Levante rarely looked like troubling Ronald Koeman’s side, who are low on confidence.
They were indebted to Fernandez, who made a couple of smart stops to keep the score line respectable as a dominant Barca pushed on in search of a third.
It finally came in the first minute of added time as Fati capped his comeback appearance with a wonderful strike from distance.