Suarez treble and Messi masterclass inspire Barcelona

Posted March 01, 2018

Barcelona shook off conceding in the first two minutes, to defeat Girona 6-1 at the Nou Camp on Saturday night.

The game marked the 130th time that Messi has scored at home in La Liga - of those, Barcelona have lost only twice.

Coutinho, Messi and Suarez were all involved in Barcelona's fourth score in the 45th minute. With the victory, Barcelona maintains their undisputed contention for the league title by sitting comfortably at the top of the La Liga table with a difference of 10 points from second-placed Atletico Madrid.

He added another goal six minutes later with a superbly struck free kick that he sent low under the players in the defensive barrier when they jumped, anticipating he would try to shoot over them. "It's hard to get used to, especially because we're talking about a player about whom we say we've seen it all, but Messi always surprises you", said Valverde.

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The run matches that of Real Sociedad back in 1979-80.

"He's a player who has and feels responsibility towards the team, and he assumed it when we were faced with their early pressure".

"He tricked us all with the goal, it's incredible how good he is, he seems to play better with every game", midfielder Philippe Coutinho told reporters. Suarez completed a hat-trick in the 76th, tapping in a cut-back from Ousmane Dembele. Then when you see it happen you think 'ah, of course.' Leo makes it look easy, but it isn't easy.

- Lionel Messi has scored 30 or more goals in each of his last 10 seasons for Barcelona in all competitions (30 in 2017-18). Samuel Umtiti should have been able to clear, but Portu swept in and shot around the oncoming Marc-Andre ter Stegen to score a magnificent shot that tipped off both posts before crossing the line.

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Barca finished the game with 10 when, after making all three substitutions, right-back Nelson Semedo limped off with an apparent hamstring injury.

Girona fell into ninth place.

Semedo has made 25 appearances in all competitions this season and recovered from a hard start to establish himself as an important player for the club.

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