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Suarez & Rakitic Reclaim Top Spot For Barca

Spanish La Liga

Result: Espanyol 0-3 FC Barcelona

Date: 29 April 2017

Venue: RCDE Stadium

FC Barcelona returned to the top of La Liga, after a brace from Luis Suarez helped secure a 3-0 win over Espanyol in the Catalan Derby.

Suarez and Neymar returned to the line up, while Sergi Roberto, Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti also included.

The hosts could have taken the lead after just six minutes through Jurado, who fired wide of the upright from close range. 

Barca carved out their first opening after 15 minutes through Ivan Rakitic but the Croatian's effort deflected inches wide of the upright.

It was a really tight affair in the opening stanza. Luis Enrique's charges had a lot off the ball but could not carve out clear-cut chances.

Barca did manage to carve out a chance just before the break when Neymar picked out Sergi Roberto, who headed into the side-netting from close range.

However, the visitors took the lead five minutes into the second half as Suarez took advantage of some poor defending, burst through on goal and slotted home from close range.

Enrique's charges nearly doubled their lead in the 61st minute but Diego Lopez produced a superb save to keep out Neymar's curling effort.

Barca eventually doubled their lead in the 76th minute as Messi embarked on a fine run before teeing up Rakitic, who calmly slotted into the bottom corner, 0-2.

The visitors rounded off the scoring in the 86th minute as Suarez pounced on an error from Aaron Martín and calmly slotted home from close range 0-3.

Enrique's charges now return to the summit of the table, level on points with Real Madrid, who still have a game in hand.

 

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