Barcelona held on to their 5 level lead on the high of the La Liga desk with to a 3-Zero victory at house to Eibar, as Lionel Messi scored his 400th aim within the competitors.
Together with Messi, striker Luis Suarez scored a brace to give the Blaugrana a snug victory, returning to successful methods after struggling a shocking defeat within the first leg of the Copa del Ray spherical of 16.
Eibar began the sport properly, irritating the hosts by not permitting them to play out from the again and dictate possession. Nevertheless, Barcelona demonstrated their excellent high quality for the sport’s opening aim after 18 minutes.
A pleasant passing transfer between Philippe Coutinho and Suarez allowed the Uruguayan to curve the ball into the underside nook.
The guests managed to maintain Barcelona at bay, however it was solely a matter of time earlier than the Catalan aspect ran rampant, scoring two objectives in six minutes.
First, Messi reached his landmark aim with a pushed shot throughout Eibar goalkeeper Asier Riesgo earlier than Suarez scored his second with a beautiful end on the close to put up.
Try our breakdown of the sport under.
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Already La Liga’s document goal-scorer, Messi additional etched his title into footballing historical past along with his 400th aim in Spain’s high flight.
Broadly regarded because the most interesting participant of his technology, what’s all of the extra spectacular about Messi’s document is that he has achieved the feat of 400 objectives from solely 435 appearances within the competitors.
General, this win was an vital one for Barcelona after their midweek loss to Levante within the Copa Del Rey, which the gamers will likely be hoping to atone for within the second leg on Thursday.
Beginning XI: Ter Stegen (7); Roberto (7), Pique (8), Lenglet (8), Alba (7); Rakitic (6), Busquets (6), Arthur (6), Coutinho (8); Messi (8), Suarez (9*).
Substitutes: Vidal (7), Dembélé (6), Semedo (6).
Scoring two and aiding one other, Luis Suarez produced a nice particular person exhibiting in a sport the place his companion in crime Messi will obtain all of the plaudits for his landmark aim.
Luis Suarez’s sport by numbers vs. Eibar:
100% take-ons gained
100% tackles gained
Three photographs on track
Three possibilities created
Immediately concerned in all of Barca’s three objectives. 💯 pic.twitter.com/c8Va8NZ9DB
— Squawka Soccer (@Squawka) January 13, 2019
Suarez’s second was a very nice aim, as he fired house at Riesgo’s close to put up following a rapidly taken throw-in.
Regardless of Messi reaching his private milestone, an distinctive efficiency by Suarez, who scored towards Eibar for the sixth sport in a row, shouldn’t go unnoticed.
After being shocked by Levante, Ernesto Valverde’s gamers gave a well timed reminder of the standard they possessed in what was virtually a flawless crew show.
Ivan Rakitic on no account gave a nasty efficiency, nevertheless he was the poorest amongst Barca’s gamers. He appeared unfocused at instances and was dispossessed of the ball in his personal half on a number of events.
Here is how a number of followers reacted to Croatian midfielder’s exhibiting:
Rakitic By no means Had An Impression In This Sport However This Coach Received’t Take Him Out.
— CARTER BARCELONA (@insanespotter) January 13, 2019
Rakitic was himself. Provided what he all the time has. Common.
— Dido. (@nnamdinnani) January 13, 2019
The Blaugrana return to motion on Thursday, for the second leg of their last-16 Copa Del Rey tie towards Levante. They then return to La Liga motion subsequent Sunday, internet hosting Leganes on the Camp Nou.