Published: Thu, April 06, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Luis Suarez shows up for Barcelona, Real Madrid's Luka Modric struggles

Luis Suarez shows up for Barcelona, Real Madrid's Luka Modric struggles

Messi is the Spanish league's leading scorer with 25 goals and has 41 overall this season from 40 matches. Messi sat out the 4-1 win over Granada, but the Argentinian superstar hasn't played with the club since March 19. "As a striker you have a notion of where the goal is and it managed to help the team win", Suarez told BeIN Sports.

With this win, Barcelona is now classified first in La Liga's table with 69 points.

FC's Alejandro Moreno focuses in on Sevilla's swift decline and Barcelona's "unstoppable" first half at the Camp Nou.

Messi returned to the Barcelona XI after sitting out the 4-1 win at Granada on Saturday through suspension, while Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Andres Iniesta were all handed recalls by head coach Luis Enrique.

However, Sampaoli was left to rue another night of missed chances as a three-goal blitz in eight first-half minutes secured the three points for the hosts before half time.

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It was not the most exciting 90 minutes of the season at the Bernabeu, and Madrid did not need to be at their best. "We had two one-on-ones and we couldn't take them", said a frustrated Sampaoli.

The home side came close to making the breakthrough in the fourth minute when Messi curled a sensational effort towards the top corner after working some space in a forward position, but the Argentine's effort hit the underside of the crossbar and the danger was eventually cleared. Do we have less energy now than earlier in the season?

Atletico began the game with six homegrown canteranos in their XI, and had the worse of the proceedings before they went ahead when Koke showed quick thinking to pounce after Fernando Torres had taken out all three Malaga centre-backs with one miscontrol of the ball.

Messi scored two and created the other for Luis Suarez - the league's two top goal scorers with 27 and 23, respectively - as the Catalan side once again demonstrated that their switch to a back three allows them to be much more unsafe in attack.

Messi then passed up a huge chance for his hat-trick just after the break when he didn't get enough lift on an attempted chip to beat Rico. That allowed Sevilla to play in and around the home side's box, and only key interventions from Javier Mascherano and Ter Stegen ensured a clean sheet for the Blaugrana.

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