Messi, Suarez hit braces in 8-2 rout of Huesca | 2018-09-04 | daily-sun.com

Messi, Suarez hit braces in 8-2 rout of Huesca

Afp, Madrid     4 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Messi, Suarez hit braces in 8-2 rout of Huesca

Barcelona forwards Lionel Messi, left, and Luis Suarez, second left, celebrate with teammate Ousmane Dembele after their team’s sixth goal against SD Huesca during Spanish League match at Camp Nou Stadium on Sunday. Barca won 8-2.

A magical Lionel Messi and on-form Luis Suarez scored doubles apiece as champions Barcelona thrashed newly-promoted Huesca 8-2 to join Real Madrid at the top of La Liga on Sunday.

Barcelona's third win of the campaign in as many games saw Ernesto Valverde's men go top thanks to superior gol difference over Real before the break for Nations League matches.

Celta Vigo, who stunned Atletico Madrid 2-0 on Saturday, sit in third place at two points adrift with Atletico now five points adrift of the top after a shaky start to the campaign.

Huesca travelled to the Camp Nou perhaps more in hope than belief, although it was the latter that dominated the Aragaon-based minnows' thinking in the early stages after Cucho Hernandez headed past Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to hand them a surprise third-minute lead.

But reality soon kicked in, a slick Messi levelling in the 16th minute after leaving right-back Luisinho on the deck on his way to beating Argentine goalkeeper Axel Werner.

Eight minutes later VAR was deployed to confirm an own goal from defender Jorge Pulido, who got his foot to Jordi Alba's cutback before it wriggled past Werner and into the net.

Alba, recently left out of Spain's squad by former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, was in the thick of it again on 39 minutes when he set up Suarez to put Barca 3-1 in front by the 39th minute with his maiden goal of the campaign.

Barca emerged from the dressing room to hit five goals, Ousmane Dembele starting the rout with an angled drive that beat Werner on 48 minutes.

Four minutes later Ivan Rakitic's superb half-volley from Messi's delivery had the Camp Nou on its feet.

Messi doubled his tally for the night on the hour mark to make it four in three games and completed his night's work by setting up Jordi Alba for a magnificent seventh nine minutes from the final whistle.

 


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