Spanish La Liga
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Barcelona 5-0 Cordoba

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez scores against Cordoba
Suarez's Barca debut was delayed until the end of October by his ban

Luis Suarez scored his first La Liga goal as Barcelona closed the gap on leaders Real Madrid to one point going into Spain's winter break.

With Real not playing because of their involvement in the Club World Cup, Barca stylishly seized the chance to keep the pressure on their arch-rivals.

Spain forward Pedro blasted in after 72 seconds, before Suarez poked in shortly after half-time.

Gerard Pique's header and a brace from Lionel Messi clinched an easy win.

It was a return to form for Luis Enrique's men after they slipped four points adrift of Madrid with a frustrating 0-0 draw at Getafe last weekend.

Newly-promoted Cordoba had not visited the Nou Camp for 42 years and the signs were ominous when Pedro - fresh from scoring a midweek Copa Del Rey hat-trick - netted the opener.

Barca could not add to their tally until Uruguay striker Suarez, who was banned until October for biting, finally scored his first league goal for the Catalans at the eighth attempt.

The visitors, who are second bottom, wilted in the second half as Barcelona ruthlessly tore them apart.

Substitute Xavi, who in his 741st appearance equalled the record of Madrid legend Raul for the number of games for a single club in Spanish football, teed up Pique before Ballon d'Or nominee Messi pounced on a loose ball for the fourth.

And the Argentine superbly controlled Jordi Alba's left-wing cross before spinning to fire in a volley for his 23rd goal of the season.

Madrid, who face Argentine side San Lorenzo in the Club World Cup final later on Saturday, meet Sevilla on 4 February in their rearranged fixture.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 13Bravo
  • 2Montoya
  • 3Piqué
  • 14Mascherano
  • 18Alba
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forXaviat 65'minutes
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 66mins
  • 8IniestaSubstituted forRafinhaat 76'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9L Suárez
  • 7Pedro

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 6Xavi
  • 11Neymar
  • 12Rafinha
  • 21Adriano
  • 24Mathieu
  • 31El Haddadi

Córdoba

  • 1Martín Corral
  • 33Campabadal
  • 12LópezSubstituted forPinillosat 60'minutes
  • 2Pantic
  • 3Crespo
  • 15Rodríguez Barrera
  • 10Nicolás Cartabia
  • 6Delgado PachecoSubstituted forRossiat 72'minutes
  • 5Ekeng Ekeng
  • 18García FreireSubstituted forLópez de Silva Sánchezat 75'minutes
  • 14Ghilas

Substitutes

  • 7Rossi
  • 13Saizar
  • 16Chaves de la Torre
  • 19López de Silva Sánchez
  • 23Gómez Moreno
  • 28Andone
  • 29Pinillos
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
60,066

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamCórdoba
Possession
Home75%
Away25%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away0
Fouls
Home14
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 5, Córdoba 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 5, Córdoba 0.

Offside, Barcelona. Martín Montoya tries a through ball, but Lionel Messi is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 5, Córdoba 0. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Fede Cartabia (Córdoba) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nabil Ghilas.

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

Patrick Ekeng Ekeng (Córdoba) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Xavi (Barcelona).

Fausto Rossi (Córdoba) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 4, Córdoba 0. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner following a corner.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Daniel Pinillos.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 3, Córdoba 0. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Xavi with a cross following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Fede Cartabia (Córdoba).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Rafinha replaces Andrés Iniesta.

Substitution

Substitution, Córdoba. López Silva replaces Borja.

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

Foul by Patrick Ekeng Ekeng (Córdoba).

Foul by Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona).

Patrick Ekeng Ekeng (Córdoba) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Fausto Rossi (Córdoba).

Attempt saved. Xavi (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sergio Busquets.

Substitution

Substitution, Córdoba. Fausto Rossi replaces Luso.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Fede Cartabia (Córdoba) because of an injury.

Foul by Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona).

Fede Cartabia (Córdoba) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pedro (Barcelona).

Eduard Campabadal (Córdoba) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

Patrick Ekeng Ekeng (Córdoba) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

Fede Cartabia (Córdoba) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Xavi replaces Ivan Rakitic.

Attempt blocked. Fede Cartabia (Córdoba) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Pedro (Barcelona).

Fede Cartabia (Córdoba) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Córdoba. Daniel Pinillos replaces Íñigo López because of an injury.

goal

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Saturday 20th December 2014

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