Barcelona 3 - 0 Eibar - Match Report & Highlights

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FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi got on the scoresheet in his side's 3-0 win on Sunday, reaching an incredible goal milestone in the process, one even longstanding rival Cristiano Ronaldo never achieved.

Lionel Messi scored in the 53rd minute to make it 400 La Liga goals, while Luis Suarez grabbed a double for the Spanish champions. Suarez picked Arbilla's pocket leading to a Barcelona break that saw the Uruguayan exchange passes with Coutinho before Suarez laid off for Messi, who moved past a pair of defenders and whistled in a left-footer for the goal.

Goalkeeper Asier Riesgo did well to turn back attempts by Suarez and Messi.

The landmark goal comes in the Argentine's 435th league game.

Coach Ernesto Valverde while reacting to his side's 2-1 defeat in a cup game during the week ordered the player to up his game if he wants to keep his spot in the team. "Once we scored, the game opened up for us" said Suarez.

"He was the one who left", he said in October.

Suarez had given Barca the lead in the 19th minute by completing a superb team move involving Messi and his former Liverpool team mate Philippe Coutinho, who returned to the starting line up for the first time in four league games.

Not including staying at Barcelona, United are clear favourites to acquire his services ahead the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Napoli.

The hosts thought they scored early through Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion, but the referee disallowed the goal because of a foul at the start of the attack that he spotted during a video review.

The pressure had been cranked up a notch after Antoine Griezmann's second-half penalty earned Atletico a 1-0 victory over Levante.

Eibar are again enjoying another impressive campaign, but Barcelona were rampant in the period between their second and third goal, while the tempo remained high entering the final 30 minutes of action.

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