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Summary

  1. Suarez now La Liga top scorer on 18
  2. Athletic keeper sent off early on
  3. Messi replaced by Turan at half-time
  4. Earlier, Real Madrid beat Sporting Gijon 5-1

Live Reporting

By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Buenas noches

Look, we've all got homes to get to, so I'll leave you there. Twelve goals in two games, I don't think we've had a bad day today.

Unless you're a fan of Sporting Gijon. Or Athletic Bilbao. Or you're the Athletic keeper. Or Iker Muniain.

Good night.

Luis Suárez after his hat-trick: "I am very happy with the goals but more important was to win" #FCBAthletic

Luis Suárez after his hat-trick: "I am very happy with the goals but more important was to win" #FCBAthletic

It could all have been so different had Javier Eraso not chipped his shot over in the second minute.

Barca broke from that and won the penalty - which came with a red card for Athletic's keeper - to start the rout.

Also how unlucky for Iker Muniain - making his first La Liga start of the season following a serious injury. He was the man replaced by the sub keeper after four minutes.

For the 6th, @LuisSuarez9 finishes Busquets' cross with his head #FCBAthletic #FCBlive

For the 6th, @LuisSuarez9 finishes Busquets' cross with his head #FCBAthletic #FCBlive

FULL-TIME - Barcelona 6-0 Athletic Bilbao

Luis Suarez celebrates
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Barcelona have been brilliant against 10 men and go back to within two points of leaders Atletico Madrid with a game in hand.

INJURY TIME

Two minutes to go.

For the fifth @LuisSuarez9 took a cross from Arda on his chest and finished with his right #FCBAthletic #FCBlive

For the fifth @LuisSuarez9 took a cross from Arda on his chest and finished with his right #FCBAthletic #FCBlive

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Graham Jack Thirkill: I cannot even begin to comprehend the gap between Barcelona and Man United at the moment.

Luis Suarez has scored more goals than any other player in the top five European leagues in all competitions - 29.

YELLOW CARD

Barca defender Gerard Pique is booked for clattering Javier Eraso in the face.

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Dave Wood: As much as Barca are a joy to watch, this match has been ruined by an over zealous ref 

Pure Gunner: Everything Real Madrid can do, Barca do it better.

Neymar is inches from getting his second. Aleix Vidal puts in a cross from the right but the Brazilian forward misjudges his jump and misses the ball.

YELLOW CARD

Javier Eraso, who missed a couple of decent chances today, is booked for kicking Javier Mascherano from behind. 

A last five minutes of five-a-side when you're knackered kind of tackle.

GOAL - Barcelona 6-0 Athletic Bilbao

Luis Suarez hat-trick

Luis Suarez
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It's so easy for Barcelona, who have been excellent to watch tonight - admittedly against 10 men. A Sergio Busquets cross comes in from the right and Luis Suarez powers home a header.

Time for a seventh?

Neymar is a sublime footballer when he's on form, he takes the ball in his stride with a brilliant touch, goes on a run and then tries to go around the keeper by rolling the ball under his foot but it's saved.

Barca have a free-kick but Neymar fires the shot over. Will Barca find a sixth in the final 10 minutes or so?

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Jack Tanner: Sergi Roberto - the Catalan John O'Shea 

Albeit with fewer last-minute equalisers against Germany and nutmegs on Luis Figo

Athletic Bilbao substitute Ander Iturraspe slams a free-kick into the wall and Oscar de Marcos - who was booked in the aftermath of Barca's fifth goal - fires the rebound wide.

Aha! A new option in Sergi Roberto positional bingo. He's left-back to replace Alba. Has now played in six different positions this season.

Left-back now. Sergi Roberto is one position away from completing his Pokemon card collection.

Neymar tries to add a sixth for Barcelona but his weak effort is easily held by keeper Iago Herrerin.

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Joel Vijay: Andres Inesta... that guy is football's unsung hero. The way he mesmerise the ball makes you become jealous 

Barca were actually down to 10 men when that goal was scored, Marc Bartra hadn't actually come on yet to replace Jordi Alba - but he's on now.

GOAL - Barcelona 5-0 Athletic Bilbao

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez celebrates
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Arda Turan plays a ball into the box, Luis Suarez chests it down between two defenders and puts it in the back of the net.

He's now the top scorer in this season's La Liga.

SUBSTITUTION

Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba, who hurt himself sliding to keep a ball in play earlier, is replaced by Marc Bartra.

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Jack Tanner: Athleticlulling Barca into a false sense of security ahead of the upcoming Copa ties 

SUBSTITUTION

That's the last thing Ivan Rakitic does as Sergi Roberto, who was ready to come on before that goal, replaces him in midfield.

Athletic also make a midfield change - Ander Iturraspe replaces Benat Etxebarria.

GOAL - Barcelona 4-0 Athletic Bilbao

Ivan Rakitic

Ivan Rakitic celebrates
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Brilliant from Neymar down the left as his first touch leaves a defender on the floor, and then he beats another couple before squaring to Ivan Rakitic, who fires home from six yards out.

Great play by Athletic's Sabin Merino who breaks down the right and squares it to Javier Eraso, who takes a touch and chips over the bar.

He's the guy who missed with a chip in the second minute.

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Wale Ibraheem: Andres Iniesta will be desperately unlucky not to win Ballon d'Or in his career. He is a genius and unsung hero. 

SUBSTITUTION

Athletic Bilbao make a change up front as Inaki Williams, a reported Liverpool target, is replaced by Sabin Merino.

Williams' chances of shining ended really after three minutes when they went down to 10 men and had to change their philosophy.

Luis Suarez celebrates
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Just seen some stats for the most frequent combinations for goals in La Liga this season.

Five goals: Luis Suarez to Neymar

Five goals: Cedric Bakambu to Roberto Soldado (Villarreal)

Four goals: Neymar to Luis Suarez

Athletic's Xabier Etxeita is a bit lucky not to be sent off for sticking an arm into Luis Suarez's face. It looks like he meant it as he'd looked around at the Barca striker before doing it.

Neymar picks out Luis Suarez and Mikel San Jose puts in a brilliant sliding tackle to deny him a chance at goal. It's just attack v defence here basically.

YELLOW CARD

Athletic's Inaki Williams tries to take on Javier Mascherano, who knocks him to the ground. Free-kick. And a yellow card for the Barca defender, which seems a bit harsh.

That now means all of Real Madrid's front three - Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale - and Barca's Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar - have scored today in La Liga.

GOAL - Barcelona 3-0 Athletic Bilbao

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez celebrates
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Brilliant football ends with Neymar playing a first-time pass to Luis Suarez, who sweeps it home from eight yards out.

KICK-OFF - Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

We are under way. Without the five-time world player of the year.

SUBSTITUTION

Barcelona make a half-time switcheroo. Summer/January signing Arda Turan comes on for Lionel Messi...