Spanish La Liga
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Barcelona 3-1 Eibar

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez joined Barcelona from Liverpool for £75m in July 2014

Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as 10-man Barcelona came from behind to beat Eibar and keep pace with Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Borja Baston gave the visitors a shock early lead with Eibar's first ever goal against Barca.

Suarez headed the hosts level before half-time and fired them ahead early in the second half.

Javier Mascherano was sent off for dissent but Suarez scored again to put Barca level with leaders Real.

Barca made the worst possible start, as the injured Lionel Messi watched from the stands.

Their defence was easily sliced open, and although Keko was denied by Claudio Bravo, the loose ball ran to Baston to fire home in the 10th minute.

Luis Suarez
Suarez celebrates his hat-trick for 10-man Barcelona

It is the seventh consecutive La Liga game where they have failed to keep a clean sheet.

Suarez levelled 11 minutes later with his side's first effort on target, the Uruguayan heading home unchallenged from close range after Neymar and Sandro combined.

Eibar held out until the break, but the pressure told two minutes after the restart as Barca took the lead.

Moments after the visitors missed a chance to go back in front, Suarez drilled home a shot from just inside the area after Neymar's pass.

Mascherano's straight red card offered Eibar late hope.

But Suarez claimed a sublime third to put the result beyond doubt, controlling with his chest to bring the ball down and drill home from just inside the area.

What they said

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique: "We know the importance of Luis. What he gives you is invaluable, non-negotiable. If he then finishes in the area, that's great. He's essential and irreplaceable.

On Javier Mascherano's red card: "It would be terrible to lose him for several games, but they should look at whether these expressions are spoken into air or with eye contact."

Barcelona v Eibar
Barcelona have lost twice in La Liga this season
Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez has scored seven goals since team-mate Lionel Messi was injured last month

Line-ups

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Bravo
  • 6Alves da Silva
  • 3PiquéBooked at 90mins
  • 15BartraSubstituted forMathieuat 56'minutes
  • 18Alba
  • 4RakiticBooked at 50mins
  • 14MascheranoBooked at 83mins
  • 5Busquets
  • 19RamírezSubstituted forEl Haddadiat 56'minutes
  • 9Suárez
  • 11NeymarBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Pereira dos Santos
  • 17El Haddadi
  • 21Correia
  • 23Vermaelen
  • 24Mathieu
  • 28Gumbau

Eibar

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Riesgo
  • 7CapaBooked at 90mins
  • 15Dos Santos
  • 3PanticBooked at 83mins
  • 17JuncàBooked at 67mins
  • 5EscalanteBooked at 60mins
  • 14García CarrilloSubstituted forPascual Israfilovat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 20Gontán Gallardo
  • 2VerdiSubstituted forEnrich Ametllerat 54'minutes
  • 8InuiSubstituted forBerjón Pérezat 79'minutes
  • 18Bastón

Substitutes

  • 1Iruretagoiena Aranzamendi
  • 6Pascual Israfilov
  • 9Enrich Ametller
  • 11Hajrovic
  • 16Castellano Castro
  • 21Berjón Pérez
  • 23Ekiza
Referee:
Carlos del Cerro Grande
Attendance:
76,622

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamEibar
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 3, Eibar 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 3, Eibar 1.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Booking

    Eddy (Eibar) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Delay in match Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) because of an injury.

  6. Post update

    Delay in match Eddy (Eibar) because of an injury.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Eddy (Eibar).

  9. Booking

    Neymar (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Booking

    Ander Capa (Eibar) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

  12. Post update

    Ander Capa (Eibar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Booking

    Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

  15. Post update

    Sergi Enrich (Eibar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match (Barcelona).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Ander Capa.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Keko (Eibar).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 25th October 2015

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