BARCELONA GOES TOP AS THEY BEAT EIBAR

• EIBAR 0-3 BARCELONA: BARCA WILL REMAIN TOP IF REAL MADRID LOSE AND GRANADA FAIL TO WIN THIS WEEKEND

It's been a long time coming but this was the day it finally clicked for Barcelona's fantasy front three.


Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann all scored in a 3-0 win over Eibar with the Frenchman particularly outstanding participating in all three goals.


ANTOINE GRIEZMANN, LIONEL MESSI AND LUIS SUAREZ ALL SCORE AS VISITORS GO TOP OF LA LIGA WITH SIXTH LEAGUE WIN OF SEASON

'There will be better days and worse days. I have only just arrived and it always takes a time to adapt,' Griezmann said.


Antoine Griezmann put Barcelona ahead after latching onto Clement Lenglet's long ball. It was his fourth league goal of the season despite an unsettled start to life at Barca.


Barcelona did eventually make it two after Lionel Messi finished off a brilliant team move.


Luis Suarez added a third after being presented with a tap-in by Messi who ran clean through. It is Suarez's fifth league goal this season put him back ahead as Barcelona's top scorer this season


MATCH FACTS

Eibar: Dmitrovic, de Blasis, Oliveira, Arbilla, Cote, Pedro Leon (Exposito 63'), Diop, Sergio Alvarez, Orellana, Charles (Kike Garcia 79'), Sergi Enrich (Inui 71')


Subs not used: Bigas, Quique Gonzalez, Yoel, Tejero


Booked: Alvarez, Diop, Charles, Exposito, Inui 


Barcelona: Ter Stegen, S. Roberto (Semedo 45'), Umtiti, Lenglet, Alba, de Jong (Rakitic 79'), Busquets, Arthur (Vidal 71'), Messi, Suarez, Griezmann


Subs not used: Neto, Todibo, Carles Perez, Ansu Fati


Goalscorers: Griezmann 13, Messi 58, Suarez 66 


There have been so many doubts over his ability to find his place in this team alongside Messi but this performance suggested they can emulate the unstoppable trio formed by Messi, Suarez and Neymar.


Barcelona went route one for the opener with Clement Lenglet lofting the ball over the top of the Eibar defence for Griezmann to run on to.



Helped by the fact that Pablo De Blasis had slipped, Griezmann raced away and buried his shot in off the near post and past Marko Dimitrovic.


There were early signs that the Frenchman who had only previously played 187 minutes so far this season with Messi and Suarez was on their wavelength even if the first goal had more to do with Lenglet's vision.


'We knew that they pushed high up the pitch so I said to Clement if he could pick me out with a long ball then he should do it,' he said of his French team-mate's pass.


Griezmann was also involved in the other two goals in an excellent all-round display whiles Lionel Messi and Barcelona had two appeals for a penalty turned down in the first half

Messi also wasted a glorious chance to add a second goal before the break


Samuel Umtiti (top) returned to the Barcelona lineup after a six weeks out with a foot injury

Luis Suarez had an effort ruled out for offside early in the second half after a slick move


Messi was also enjoying himself twice dancing through the heart of the Eibar defence and denied only by an outstretched hand from Dimitrovic. Suarez tried his luck from the halfway line but sent the audacious effort wide.


Messi, Suarez and Griezmann all got a touch for the second goal turned in by the Argentinian. And their prints were also on the third which was the pick of the three goals scored.


Griezmann received the ball on the halfway line and sent Messi clear with a pass. The flag stayed down and he rolled the ball to Suarez who had the easiest of tap-ins.


The win even meant Barcelona moved top ahead of Real Madrid's game at Mallorca.

More pleasing for coach Ernesto Valverde will be the return of fit again Samuel Umtiti. That and the apparent lift-off for his front three.



All goals as it happens:



Credit to Source: Dailymail.co.uk

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