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Lewandowski on the spot to secure late Barcelona win


Barcelona have left it late before an 85th-minute penalty earned and converted by Robert Lewandowski snatched his side a 2-1 La Liga victory at Osasuna.

Lewandowski's winner came 10 minutes after substitute Chimy Avila equalised for Osasuna. Barcelona defender Jules Kounde headed in the opening goal in first-half injury time.

"He is a natural-born scorer," coach Xavi Hernandez said of Barca's Polish hit-man, who also grabbed the winner in a 4-3 thriller at Villarreal last weekend.

"His goals have given us back-to-back wins."

The victory kept Barcelona two points behind leaders Real Madrid after four rounds.

The game in Pamplona included the debuts of Joao Cancelo and Joao Felix as second-half substitutes, the Portuguese pair having joined Barcelona on loan just before the close of the summer transfer window on Friday night.

Osasuna played the final minutes with 10 men after Alejandro Catena earned a red card for his foul on Lewandowski that led to the late spot kick.

"We didn't play our best game, and in some stages we weren't patient enough or able to create scoring chances," Xavi said.

"(But) the truth is the team worked hard. Today we put on our work clothes. We knew how to dig in and get the win."

Atletico Madrid's home game against Sevilla scheduled for Sunday was postponed amid forecasts of heavy rain in central Spain.

The Spanish league said it postponed the match after warnings from Spain's national weather service and on the recommendation of Madrid's municipal government.

Cristian 'Portu' Portugues scored an 88th-minute winner to give Girona a 1-0 win over Las Palmas in his first game since returning to his former club.

The forward, who rejoined Girona on Friday, played for the Catalan club from 2016 to 2019 before stints with Real Sociedad and Getafe.

Undefeated Girona are the early surprise-package of the league, level on points with Barcelona after four games.

Athletic Bilbao are fifth in the table after a 0-0 draw at Mallorca, who have yet to win this season.