Messi, Suarez combine for 5 goals as Barca beats Girona 6-1

Ruben Hill
February 25, 2018

Barca lead the standings on 65 points, 10 clear of Atletico Madrid who visit Sevilla on Sunday and 14 ahead of champions Real. Barcelona's 32nd consecutive league game without a loss broke its club record of 31 set in 2010-11.

Former Liverpool man Luis Suarez also scored a hat-trick as the league leaders came from a goal down to beat their Catalan rivals comfortably at the Camp Nou.

Girona are having an excellent first ever season in LaLiga, and sit eighth in the table after three wins and two draws in their last six games.

The run matches that of Real Sociedad back in 1979-80.

After setting up the first of Suarez's goals, Messi danced around two defenders to give Barcelona the lead on the half-hour mark.

On this evidence, that process has started already and, with Messi and Suarez in this mood, Barca's breathtaking football made a mockery of suggestions after the game at Stamford Bridge that this team is exhausted and predictable.

It was the first time Messi, Suarez, Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele were named in the same starting XI by Ernesto Valverde, but there is little doubt over who remains the master.

There was no let-up from Valverde's side and Rakitic and Dembele combined for Suarez to hit the outside of the post in pursuit of his hat-trick after 54 minutes.

Barca continued to push for more goals and went close in the opening 10 minutes of the second half through Suarez and Messi.

Cristian "Portu" Portuguese struck early for Girona when he caught Samuel Umtiti being far too complacent when he raced in from behind to reach a ball near Barcelona's box. How long he might be sidelined was yet to be determined.

This was mesmeric Messi at his brilliant best and the Camp Nou crowd roared in appreciation.

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