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2018/2019 Spanish Primera División
  • Luis Suárez (19', 59')
  • Lionel Messi (53')

Messi scores 400th La Liga goal as Barcelona beat Eibar to extend lead at top

Luis Suarez scored twice while Lionel Messi scored his 400th La Liga goal as Barcelona re-opened a five-point lead over second place Atletico Madrid in La Liga with a 3-0 win over Eibar.

Barca came into the match on the back of a defeat to Levante in the Copa del Rey, but were back to winning ways with a relatively simple victory at Camp Nou.

The sale of Munir El Haddadi to Sevilla led boss Ernesto Valverde to say that they need to sign a back-up to Suarez in the January transfer window, and the Uruguay international showed just how crucial he is to the Catalans.

He opened the scoring on 19 minutes as he finished off a superb passing move to place the ball past Eibar goalkeeper Asier Riesgo.

Messi doubled his side's lead on 53 minutes as he reached another personal milestone. The Argentine received Suarez's lay off, before taking a touch to open up some space and firing low into the corner.

And six minutes later, Sergi Roberto took a quick throw-in to play in Suarez who delicately curled the ball past Riesgo with the outside of his foot.

Eibar were 13th on goal difference coming into the match, with three teams below them level on 22 points, but dropped to 16th after conceding three here.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 24 +38 54
2 Atletico Madrid 24 +17 47
3 Real Madrid 24 +12 45
4 Sevilla FC 24 +10 37
5 Getafe 24 +9 36
6 Alavés 24 -3 36
7 Real Sociedad 24 +5 34
8 Real Betis 24 -3 33
9 Valencia 24 +4 32
10 Eibar 24 -1 31
11 Levante 24 -7 30
12 Leganes 24 -5 29
13 Espanyol 24 -10 29
14 Athletic Bilbao 23 -5 27
15 Girona 24 -9 27
16 Real Valladolid 24 -10 26
17 Celta Vigo 24 -7 24
18 Villarreal 24 -5 23
19 Rayo Vallecano 24 -14 23
20 Huesca 23 -16 18