Messi, Suarez On Target In Routine Barca Win

Messi, Suarez On Target In Routine Barca Win

Barca, who have won 24 Liga titles and lead this season's standings by nine points, said after the referendum they would not speculate on the future.

Not that Barcelona needs it in the league.

Ernesto Valverde's side refused to let their 1-1 Copa del Rey draw at Celta Vigo on Thursday spoil their trip to the Hospital de Sant Pau in Catalonia.

The 25-year-old Brazilian, whose transfer is the third-biggest in football history, was not in attendance at the Camp Nou as the club's previous record recruit Ousmane Dembele started.

"In these three months I have been able to learn Barcelona's philosophy, now I am eager to help the team", Dembele said.

It only took 12 minutes for them to open scoring against the weakened visitors, with Jordi Alba heading the ball down for Messi to volley home in off the post.


Barcelona went 2-0 up in the thirty-eighth minute when Luis Suarez produced a stunning finish.

Suarez, who has found his groove after a boring start to season, shot the ball high into the net in the 38th minute off a cross from Sergi Roberto to score his fifth goal in four games.

After Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made two superb saves, Messi effectively finished the match by dribbling to the endline before squaring a pass for Paulinho to tap in for his seventh goal of the season.

Suarez wasted a couple of chances to make Barca's victory more comfortable and forward Jose Arnaiz was handed a league debut in the last five minutes.

The three points cancelled out second-placed Atletico Madrid's win over Getafe on Saturday to restore a nine-point advantage.

"We'll try so that Messi doesn't play or participate". He had done so during negotiations for his most recent renewal.

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