Sixteen-year-old Ansu Fati became the youngest player ever to score for Barcelona in La Liga as he equalized from the bench in the team’s 2-2 draw with Osasuna.
Once again without the unfit Lionel Messi, Barcelona had fallen behind for the third week running but Fati’s goal put them back in it.
Another substitute Arthur Melo scored his first for Barcelona on 64 minutes to put them ahead, but Roberto Torres – who had scored the first – completed a brace to salvage a point from the spot.
It was another very unconvincing performance on the road from Barcelona but Fati transformed the game as a half-time change.
He becomes the third youngest player in the 90-year history of La Liga to score in the competition – Fabrice Olinga scored for Malaga when he was 16 years and 98 days and is the youngest followed by Iker Muniain who was 16 years and 289 days when he first appeared for Athletic Bilbao.
Fati is 16 years and 304 days old.
The youngster, who last week became Barcelona’s second youngest debutant, and the youngest since the forties, could barely believe he had scored in the second half.
Carles Perez crossed from the right and Fati out-jumped Nacho Vidal to steer a powerful header past Osasuna keeper Ruben Martinez.
The impressive Perez set up another sub, Arthur to put Barcelona in front after Fati’s goal. Barcelona were much better in the second half with Fati on the pitch.
They had started poorly. Brandon Thomas was starting his first game of the season and tormenting Barcelona’s defence.
When Jordi Alba gave the ball away Brandon was left one-on-one with Clement Lenglet. He bent a left-footed cross around the defender and in to the lap of the unmarked Torres who volleyed it past Marc Andre ter Stegen.
Barcelona finished the half with just one off-target shot to their name. It was no surprise when Nelson Semedo, who had left Torres all alone for the goal and contributed nothing going forward, was taken off at the break.
On came the kid and his intervention levelled things until minute 81 when Torres sent Marc Andre ter Stegen the wrong way from the spot after the ball had hit Gerard Pique’s arm in the area.
It was no more than Osasuna deserved. They might even have won it. Brandon was brilliant again on the edge of the area but Chimmy Avila miscontrolled and the chance had gone.