Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Luis Suarez scores in Bareclona's win

Luis Suarez scores in Bareclona's win

After ending a run of back-to-back draws, Barca moved 10 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid, who are scheduled to host Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

So what will be the key to stopping Lionel Messi and company?

The Catalan giants returned to winning ways as goals from Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba secured the win over ten-man Eibar.

Eibar had lost all seven of their LaLiga meetings with Barcelona, but nearly drew level immediately when Orellana's 25-yard effort hit the top of the crossbar.

"We will have three before we take on Chelsea and Chelsea will have four". "We are having a good season, but that won't mean anything now".

"It allows us to have players fully recovered", stated the Spaniard.

Eibar went straight for Barcelona from kick-off, with Jose Angel heading over from Ruben Pena's cross inside the first minute. But a moment of brilliance by Messi was all it took to swing the match Barcelona's way.

Luis Suarez netted the first for Barca in the 16th minute when he was fed in a ideal pass from Messi, who toyed around three defenders before sliding it to Suarez in a one on one spot with the Eibar keeper.

Suarez used a feint to bring goalkeeper Marco Dmitrovic to the turf before netting his 17th goal in the competition.

Suarez's goal came against the flow of the match. The first card was for a a needless tackle that cut down Andres Iniesta. "But those mistakes can be committed by a referee, and sometimes a player or a coach".

Barca B goalkeeper Adrian Ortola will also make the trip to provide cover for Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jasper Cillessen.

His players continued to push in vain despite the deck being stacked against them, ambition that contributed to a game-sealing second.

Meanwhile, Sevilla on Saturday pulled off their second victory in a row, defeating Las Palmas 2-1 in the 24th round.

Sevilla hosts United on Wednesday to start their Champions League final-16 tie.

Nigerian forward Brown Ideye gave struggling Malaga a surprise lead in the 27th minute against Marcelino's side and they looked on course for a first league win since 10 December but Francis Coquelin equalised in the 80th minute and captain Dani Parejo netted the victor from the penalty spot in the 85th.

Dani Parejo hit the victor with five minutes remaining when he converted a penalty kick after Ignasi Miguel earned a direct red card for pulling down Rodrigo Moreno with only the goalie to beat.

Champions Real Madrid visit Real Betis the same day.

Also on Saturday, Deportivo La Coruna suffered a second defeat in as many games since the appointment as coach of former Dutch worldwide Clarence Seedorf, as they lost 1-0 at Alaves to remain second-bottom.

Deportivo remained in the relegation zone as its winless streak reached nine rounds.

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