Luis Suarez hat-trick as Barcelona routs Real in El Clasico

时间:2018-10-30 单词数:3360

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Barcelona shrugged off the absence of the injured Lionel Messi to rout arch-rival Real Madrid 5-1 in El Clasico Sunday with Luis Suarez scoring a hat-trick in the Nou Camp.


The victory takes defending champion Barca two points clear at the top in La Liga, with Real trailing in ninth, seven points behind and with its coach Julen Lopetegui under increased pressure after a sorry recent run.


It was the first El Clasico since 2007 when neither Messi, sidelined with a fractured arm, or Cristiano Ronaldo, who moved to Juventus in the summer, has played a part, but on the evidence of this match Real is finding life without its former talisman extremely difficult.


Philippe Coutinho scored the opener for Barcelona in the first half and Arturo Vidal really rubbed it in with the fifth, but in between it was Uruguay striker Suarez who shone with his own scoring masterclass to make light of Messi’s absence.


Last year people were saying he didn’t score enough, said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde. "But I know the work he puts in and he gets the rewards that he deserves."


Suarez, always a menace to the Real defense, was fouled for the 30th minute penalty and got up to slot it home to make it 2-0.


Marcelo pulled one back in the 50th minute to give lackluster Real hope before Luka Modric hit the post in its rally.


Suarez though was not finished, powerfully heading home a Sergi Roberto cross for 3-1 before supplying the killer blow and his hat-trick as he eased the ball over a despairing Thibaut Courtois for the fourth.


Ousmane Dembele set up Vidal for the headed fifth to complete the humiliation and leave the Barcelona fans celebrating another famous victory over its old foe.


We have to be proud of having the best player in the world, said Suarez. "But we have shown we have a great team with a great coach too," he added.