Suarez In Super Form As Barca Send Six Past Athletic
Result: Barcelona 6-0 Athletic Bilbao
Date: 17 January 2016
Venue: Camp Nou
Luis Suarez netted a hat-trick for Barcelona as they humiliated Athletic Bilbao 6-0 in La Liga on Sunday night.
Athletic made a horrendous start to the clash as they were reduced to 10 men in only the fourth minute, when their goalkeeper Iraizoz tripped Suarez in the box. Lionel Messi stepped up and slotted the spot-kick to open the scoring.
In the 31st minute the lead was doubled. Bilbao gave the ball away cheaply in the middle of the pitch, allowing Suarez to break free. The Uruguayan played a superb though-ball for Neymar who took a touch before chipping it over the substitute goalkeeper.
Two minutes into the second half the Catalans were three goals to the good. Neymar and Suarez combined again, playing a one-two which resulted in the Brazilian teeing it up for the former Liverpool striker to coolly finish.
Neymar set up Barca's fourth goal just past the hour mark as he flew down the left flank, getting to the byline before cutting it back for Ivan Rakitic who had a simple finish from six yards out.
The goals kept coming as the Blaugrana made it 5-0 in the 68th minute. A terrific cross from Turan found Suarez who chested it down before poking it home with consummate ease.
Suarez completed his stunning hat-trick in the 83rd minute. Sergio Busquets made it to the right side byline before chipping a ball back into the heart of the box where the Uruguayan was on hand to head home the finish.