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Messi, Suarez net braces in humiliation of Huesca

Reuters, BARCELONA, Spain

Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic scores against Sociedad Deportiva Huesca in their La Liga match at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday.

Photo: AFP

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez on Sunday scored twice each as La Liga champions Barcelona turned on the style to hammer Sociedad Deportiva Huesca 8-2 and join Real Madrid as the only teams in the league to win their opening three games.

Top-flight debutants Huesca took a shock early lead in their first league visit to the Camp Nou when Colombian forward Cucho Hernandez deflected the ball in from point-blank range, but Messi soon dampened the celebrations of the visiting supporters by cannoning a shot in off the post to level in the 16th minute.

An own-goal from Jorge Pulido gave Barca the lead and Suarez extended it by scoring for the first time in five games in all competitions after the video assistant referee overturned an offside call from the assistant referee.

Huesca’s Alex Gallar pulled one back before halftime to make it 3-2, but any hope of a revival from the visitors was soon killed off by three Barca goals in 11 minutes from Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic and Messi.

Jordi Alba capped a brilliant performance to score the seventh after setting up two of the earlier goals, while Suarez added the eighth with a penalty in stoppage-time as Messi turned down the chance to complete a hat-trick, offering the spot-kick to the Uruguayan instead.

The thrashing lifted Barca above Real Madrid at the top of the La Liga on goal-difference after three games, with the Catalans scoring 12 and conceding two, while Real have netted 10 and conceded twice.

“We were sleeping at the start of the game, but their goal helped wake us up and we reacted well,” Suarez said. “It’s good to be top of the league before the international break, but the best thing about this win is seeing how well we played.”

Barca also put eight goals past Huesca in their previous meeting at the Camp Nou in the Copa del Rey in an 8-1 win in 2014, while it was their biggest win in the league since thumping RC Deportivo de La Coruna 8-0 away from home in April 2016.

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