Barcelona thumped Eibar to a 3-0 at the Camp Nou as Lionel Messi becomes the first ever player to record a total number of 400 goals in the LaLiga. This win would see Barca re-open a five point lead over second-placed Athletico Madrid.
Barcelona came off the back of a loss against Levante in the Copa Del Rey. It could conversely be argued that Barcelona only fielded their team B. This time, the match was for the taking as a brace from Luis Suarez and one from Messi proved enough to secure all three points.
Luiz Suarez opened the scoring inside of the first 19 minutes as he placed the ball far beyond the reach of the hands of Eibar goalkeeper, Asier Riesgo. It was however Phillipe Coutinho who wrought the magic. After some clean fluid passing from Barcelona, the Brazilian intelligently slotted the ball through for the Uruguayan. Suarez made no mistake about it. There was no way he could have missed that.
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Messi doubled the lead in the 53 minutes after taking the ball from a Suarez’s layoff. The Argentine then took a touch to free up some space before firing into the bottom corner of the post. As calm as you like. With this goal, the five time Balon D’Or winner hit the 400 goal mark.
In the 61st minute, Sergi Roberto started the series of events which led to the third goal in that same minute. He made a through throw-in from the sidelines to play Suarez on. The Uruguayan made no mistake about it as he slotted the ball home with a fine curled effort using his outer foot.
Barca have now extended their winning run to six matches in the league and remain in pole position to lift the trophy at the end of the season. Point often overlooked, they have their names written on that trophy.
What a beautiful game of football it was. Here we have it. Barcelona 3-0 Eibar