Luis Suarez Accepts Striking Struggles In Barcelona Romp

Arnold Nichols
September 12, 2017

From there the floodgates opened, and although Messi should have been flagged offside, no call came as he controlled Ivan Rakitic's pass before cleverly turning David Lopez and rifling into the top corner.

Ousmane Dembele made an immediate impact at Barcelona, providing a perfectly-weighted assist for Luis Suarez to score in a 5-0 rout of Espanyol.

Messi then doubled the hosts advantage some 10 minutes later, as he slid-in Jordi Alba's smart cut-back.

La Liga champions Real Madrid dropped points at home for the second game running when they drew 1-1 with Levante on Saturday, with Gareth Bale squandering a series of chances and Marcelo getting sent off late on.

A hat-trick from Lionel Messi carried Barcelona past Catalan rivals Espanyol, as Barca cruised to a comfortable league win.

"We pulled through a complicated game, because these kinds of matches are always tough".

"'I am happy for Leo who scored three goals and is extraordinary".

'Despite the result, it wasn't easy.

The Argentine has created 8 chances for his teammates so far this season, with Barcelona now top of the league table.

Valverde said he was pleased to be ahead of Madrid, although he conceded it meant little so early in the season.

However, he showed why Barca have made the 20-year-old the third most expensive player ever as his pinpoint cross was swept home by Suarez to round off the scoring after Gerard Pique had headed home Barca's fourth.

"However, we will try to make them feel uncomfortable, and we have to develop our idea as well as possible".

'His team-mates know that he has real quality'.

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