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Luis Suarez strikes twice as FC Barcelona beat Leganes

Luis Suarez scored twice to end a five-match scoring drought to help La Liga leader FC Barcelona beat Leganes 3-0

football Updated: Nov 18, 2017 23:37 IST
Reuters, Barcelona
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Barcelona’s Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring against Leganes in their La Liga match at Butarque Municipal Stadium on Saturday.(REUTERS)

FC Barcelona striker Luis Suarez snapped a goal drought spanning five games by scoring twice in his side’s 3-0 win over Leganes on Saturday to take the Catalans seven points clear at the top of the La Liga table.

The Uruguayan reaped the benefits of two weeks rest after being left out of his country’s internationals and pounced from close range to give Barca the lead in the 28th minute, after Leganes goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar failed to hold a shot from Paco Alcacer.

Leganes, enjoying their second season in Spain’s top flight, went into the game with the third best defence in the league after Barca and Atletico Madrid and did not make things easy for the visitors.

They offered Barca little space going forward and strikers Nordin Amrabat and Alexander Szymanowski both spurned chances to score before the break, the latter being denied by the left hand of an outstretched Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

“Perhaps the result implies we dominated the game more than we actually did,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde told reporters.

“They had their chances, we knew how to cope with the moments when they were going forward and we attacked decisively. The first half was tight but things opened up in the second.”

Suarez doubled Ernesto Valverde’s side’s lead on the hour by sliding to send another rebound beyond the hapless Cuellar and was twice denied a hat-trick. Substitute Paulinho poked in the third in stoppage-time for his fourth goal of the season.

There was one negative for Barca, however, as defender Gerard Pique picked up a fifth yellow card of the season and is suspended for next week’s top-of-the-table clash at Valencia, adding to the absence of fellow centre back Javier Mascherano.

Barca lead the standings on 34 points from 12 games, seven clear of Valencia who visit Espanyol on Sunday. Champions Real Madrid visit local rivals Atletico later on Saturday in the first capital derby at the new Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

First Published: Nov 18, 2017 23:37 IST