Spanish La Liga
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Almeria 1-2 Barcelona

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez has provided three assists in his two league games away from home this season with Barcelona

Substitute Luis Suarez inspired Barcelona to a first La Liga win in three matches as they came from behind to beat Almeria.

The former Liverpool striker created second-half goals for fellow substitute Neymar and Jordi Alba to move Barca.

Thievy Bifouma gave Almeria, without a home win all season, a surprise lead with a counter-attacking goal.

Lionel Messi, who needs two more goals to break the La Liga scoring record, hit the crossbar in both halves.

The victory moved Barcelona briefly to the top of the table before Real Madrid thrashed Rayo Vallecano 5-1 to restore their two-point advantage.

Barcelona
Lionel Messi had previously scored 10 goals in nine league meetings with Almeria.

Suarez and Neymar had been surprisingly left on the bench following successive league defeats by Real Madrid and Celta Vigo but came to the visitors' rescue to save them from a third successive league defeat for the first time since 2003.

Suarez, who returned from a four-month ban for biting against Real a fortnight ago, squared for Neymar to tap home with 17 minutes left before the Uruguayan played Alba through for the winner on 82.

He also struck a shot against the crossbar in an impressive 45-minute cameo.

Messi equalled Raul's Champions League scoring record of 71 goals with two against Ajax in midweek, but was unable to break Telmo Zarra's scoring record of 251 goals on a frustrating afternoon.

He has now failed to find the net in three successive league games as he remains one goal behind Zarra's tally.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has gone three games without scoring in La Liga, his worst such run since January
Barcelona v Almeria
Almeria are yet to win at home in the league this season
Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez hit the bar for Barca in the second half

Line-ups

Almería

  • 25Martínez
  • 4Navarro Jiménez
  • 3Vélez Jiménez
  • 5Trujillo
  • 16Dubarbier
  • 7García Rabasco
  • 22ParteyBooked at 31minsSubstituted forWellingtonat 85'minutes
  • 31Azeez
  • 23SorianoBooked at 35minsSubstituted forHemedat 68'minutes
  • 19Sundy Zongo
  • 9Bifouma KoulossaSubstituted forMéndez Ortegaat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cuesta Díaz
  • 2Macedo Rocha Machado
  • 6Dos Santos
  • 8Wellington
  • 10Hemed
  • 15García Pérez-Roldán
  • 17Méndez Ortega

Barcelona

  • 13Bravo
  • 21Adriano
  • 14Mascherano
  • 15Bartra
  • 18Alba
  • 4Rakitic
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forXaviat 66'minutes
  • 12Rafinha
  • 31El HaddadiSubstituted forNeymarat 45'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 7PedroSubstituted forL Suárezat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Montoya
  • 3Piqué
  • 6Xavi
  • 9L Suárez
  • 11Neymar
  • 22Dani Alves
Referee:
Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Attendance:
12,606

Match Stats

Home TeamAlmeríaAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home27%
Away73%
Shots
Home6
Away18
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Almería 1, Barcelona 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Almería 1, Barcelona 2.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Foul by Rafinha (Barcelona).

Wellington (Almería) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Rafinha (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Verza (Almería).

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ximo Navarro (Almería).

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fran Vélez (Almería).

Substitution

Substitution, Almería. Wellington replaces Thomas Partey.

Attempt missed. Xavi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Ángel Trujillo.

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic.

Goal!

Goal! Almería 1, Barcelona 2. Jordi Alba (Barcelona) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez with a cross.

Offside, Barcelona. Luis Suárez tries a through ball, but Lionel Messi is caught offside.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Rafinha (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Verza (Almería).

Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

Fran Vélez (Almería) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Almería. Edgar replaces Thievy.

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic with a through ball.

Goal!

Goal! Almería 1, Barcelona 1. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Offside, Almería. Fran Vélez tries a through ball, but Tommer Hemed is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adriano with a cross.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Ángel Trujillo.

Substitution

Substitution, Almería. Tommer Hemed replaces Fernando Soriano.

Jordi Alba (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fernando Soriano (Almería).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Xavi replaces Sergio Busquets because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Thomas Partey (Almería) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan.

Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

Fran Vélez (Almería) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box following a corner.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Sebastián Dubarbier.

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan (Almería).

Offside, Barcelona. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

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