Twitter reacts to hard-fought Barcelona win

Feb 18, 2018, 03:11
Twitter reacts to hard-fought Barcelona win

The Basque side could have had a penalty when Kike was hauled over by Gerard Pique, but from Barcelona's first clear-cut chance they fell behind as Messi took out the defence with an excellent through-ball to Suarez, who rounded Marko Dmitrovic. First to Eibar in La Liga, and then a tie against Chelsea in the Champions League.

Of the last 23 sendings off in La Liga matches involving Barcelona, 22 of them have been against Barcelona's rivals.

Those results have allowed Atletico Madrid to cut Ernesto Valverde's side's lead at the top of the table to seven points, with the clubs due to meet at the Camp Nou early next month.

The hosts were not deterred by the red card as they dominated the proceedings with 15 minutes as they pushed for an equaliser.

Harry Kane is the Premier League's top scorer and has earned Tottenham a whopping 17 points
Harry Kane is the Premier League's top scorer and has earned Tottenham a whopping 17 points

Just before the hour mark, Ivan Rakitic - a former Sevilla captain - broke their resistance before Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez netted two apiece in a stunning demolition job in the final thirty minutes. It was the Argentine's glorious ball which paved the way for Suarez's opener to temporarily flatten the Ipurua crowd.

Barcelona warmed up for their Champions League test next week by getting past Eibar on Saturday.

January loan signing Orellana was shown a second yellow card for punching the ball away in anger.

Both of them, though, were left on the bench for the game against Eibar as Valverde named what the majority of the Catalan media felt was his strongest side. Dembele has had bad luck with injuries and Coutinho is only just getting started, having joined in a club-record €160m deal from Liverpool in January.

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In the first meeting this season, Barcelona picked apart Eibar, winning 6-1 with Messi scoring four goals.

BARCELONA are without a win in their last two La Liga outings and Atletico Madrid are hot on their trail.

Suarez returned the compliment when he found Messi but the Argentinian hit the woodwork.

Suarez's goal came against the flow of the match.

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Eibar have won four of their last five at home.

Barca finally made the most of their extra man when Alba sidefooted into the near corner with his weaker right foot in the 88th minute to give his side a first win in three games after surprise successive draws against Espanyol and Getafe. They plan to challenge league leaders Barcelona for the La Liga crown until the very end of the season. However they cast off their shackles with an exciting attacking display to defeat Copenhagen 4-1 away from home in the Europa League showing that when they put their mind to attack, they can do so.

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