Spanish La Liga
Córdoba0Barcelona8

Cordoba 0-8 Barcelona

Luis Suarez
Suarez has now scored 24 goals in all competitions for Barcelona this season

Luis Suarez scored his first hat-trick for Barcelona as they edged closer to the La Liga title with an emphatic victory over bottom side Cordoba.

Ivan Rakitic and Suarez put Barca 2-0 up at half-time and Luis Enrique's side turned on the style after the break.

Lionel Messi scored twice to reach 51 goals for the season, while Gerard Pique and Neymar were also on target.

Barca remain two points clear of Real Madrid, who survived a few nervous moment to claim a 3-2 win over Sevilla.

The Catalan club's victory stretched their unbeaten run to 16 matches - winning 15 - in all competitions.

Uruguay striker Suarez was the standout performer with his first treble since he joined Barcelona from Liverpool for £75m last summer.

Spanish title race - remaining fixtures
BarcelonaReal Madrid
9 MayReal Sociedad (H)Valencia (H)
16/17 MayAtletico Madrid (A)Espanyol (A)
23/24 MayDeportivo (H)Getafe (H)

The 28-year-old scored Barca's second - after Croatia midfielder Rakitic had opened the scoring with a half volley - when he finished from close range.

Suarez headed in after the interval and rounded off the scoring late on with a clinical finish after the ball had fallen kindly to him from a deflected shot.

Argentina forward Messi passed a half-century of goals in a season for the fourth time in his career with a header and a tap in, while Brazil forward Neymar scored from the penalty spot and Spain defender Pique headed in from a corner.

Barcelona, who thumped Getafe 6-0 earlier this week, will secure the title if they win their last three La Liga games, even if Real triumph in all of their remaining fixtures.

However, should the teams finish level on points, Real would become champions for the first time since 2012.

Spanish teams who finish level on points are separated by their head-to-head record - not goal difference - and Madrid have the superior record this season.

Line-ups

Córdoba

  • 1Martín Corral
  • 3CrespoBooked at 45minsSubstituted forGuninoat 45'minutes
  • 12López
  • 2Pantic
  • 11Fraga
  • 21Krhin
  • 15Rodríguez Barrera
  • 24Dias CorreiaSubstituted forVico Villegasat 62'minutes
  • 6Delgado PachecoBooked at 52minsSubstituted forEkeng Ekengat 58'minutes
  • 16Chaves de la Torre
  • 28Andone

Substitutes

  • 5Ekeng Ekeng
  • 9Almeida Ramos
  • 10Nicolás Cartabia
  • 13Saizar
  • 17Gunino
  • 23Gómez Moreno
  • 35Vico Villegas

Barcelona

  • 13Bravo
  • 22Alves da Silva
  • 3Piqué
  • 14MascheranoSubstituted forMathieuat 61'minutes
  • 18Alba
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forRodríguez Ledesmaat 69'minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 8IniestaSubstituted forHernándezat 61'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 6Hernández
  • 7Rodríguez Ledesma
  • 12Rafinha
  • 15Bartra
  • 21Correia
  • 24Mathieu
Referee:
Carlos Clos Gómez
Attendance:
13,775

Match Stats

Home TeamCórdobaAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home25%
Away75%
Shots
Home5
Away27
Shots on Target
Home1
Away11
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away3

Live Text

Match ends, Córdoba 0, Barcelona 8.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Córdoba 0, Barcelona 8.

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

Foul by Fede Vico (Córdoba).

Goal!

Goal! Córdoba 0, Barcelona 8. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Xavi (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordi Alba.

Goal!

Goal! Córdoba 0, Barcelona 7. Neymar (Barcelona) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Barcelona. Neymar draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Adrián Gunino (Córdoba) after a foul in the penalty area.

Goal!

Goal! Córdoba 0, Barcelona 6. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pedro with a cross.

Attempt missed. Florin Andone (Córdoba) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Fidel with a through ball.

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

Attempt missed. Fede Vico (Córdoba) left footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Adrián Gunino.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Pedro replaces Ivan Rakitic.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Neymar.

Goal!

Goal! Córdoba 0, Barcelona 5. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Edimar.

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

Corner, Córdoba. Conceded by Jordi Alba.

Corner, Córdoba. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Jeremy Mathieu replaces Javier Mascherano.

Substitution

Substitution, Córdoba. Fede Vico replaces Bebé.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Xavi replaces Andrés Iniesta.

Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luis Suárez following a fast break.

Corner, Córdoba. Conceded by Dani Alves.

Attempt saved. Patrick Ekeng (Córdoba) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Deivid.

Substitution

Substitution, Córdoba. Patrick Ekeng replaces Luso.

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

Dangerous play by René Krhin (Córdoba).

Corner, Córdoba. Conceded by Javier Mascherano.

Attempt missed. Luso (Córdoba) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adrián Gunino with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Córdoba 0, Barcelona 4. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dani Alves with a cross.

Booking

Luso (Córdoba) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Luso (Córdoba).

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

Foul by Bebé (Córdoba).

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic with a cross.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Edimar.

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