Luis Suarez kicks opponent in the stomach during Barcelona comeback

Calvin Saunders
January 30, 2018

With just six minutes left, Barcelona were awarded a free-kick and Messi stepped up to produce a spectacular effort that beat Pacheco to give the three points to Barcelona.

Suarez scored the equaliser from a tight angle in the 72nd minute before a Lionel Messi free-kick won the match in the 84th. They never panicked when going one goal down, remained composed and let their quality come to the fore as they overturned the early deficit.

Just 27 minutes into the second half and Andres Iniesta plays a lovely cross to Luis Suarez as he scores an equalizing goal and suddenly Barcelona looked set for a win.

With just over five minutes remaining on the clock, the 30-year-old was offered the opportunity to slot the ball past helpless goalkeeper Fernando Pachecho from a 20-yard free-kick, and although arguably the greatest player to have ever lived recently claimed his motivation is exclusively team based, he will take great pride in securing another personal milestone. It was important not to get too many of us in the Alaves box.

"For that we needed players who move well in space like Leo and him". Let us know in the comments section below.

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Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde had sympathy for Alaves after victory at the Nou Camp last night. When quizzed about the handball, Valverde said: "Apart from cutting off his hand, we couldn't do anything".

Valverde handed a full debut to record signing Philippe Coutinho, although the Brazilian was removed just after the hour mark having offered little more than a few nice touches and passes. "Sometimes the ball goes in and it's not given as a goal, other times this happens".

The victory on Sunday ensured Barca have maintained their nine point lead at the top of the Primera Liga table after second-placed Atletico Madrid overcame a stubborn Las Palmas side to win 3-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Leganes - who triumphed over Real Madrid in the quarter-final of the Copa del Rey in the week - picked up a third successive home league win.

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