Suarez unmoved despite ending Barca drought

Suarez unmoved despite ending Barca drought

Cuellar spurned a driven Lionel Messi effort and denied Suarez a hat-trick on the follow-up, but the Argentine's determination, despite a game spent on the periphery, led to the clincher in the final minute, Paulinho prodding in his fourth goal of the season to add a sheen to the scoreline that neither side particularly deserved.

La Liga leaders Barcelona face Leganes on Saturday afternoon, with Ernesto Valverde's side looking to extend their lead at the top of the table.

Leganes outshot Barca 18 to 11, but goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and some wayward finishing meant that Barca was rarely in trouble. The important thing was to win. Valverde insists he was never anxious about the form of the Barca striker despite his unspectacular start to the campaign.

Meanwhile, speaking before the game, Barcelona boss Valverde refused to rule out a summer move for Atletico Madrid hitman Antoine Griezmann.

The busy Nordin Ambrabat fired a shot over after a positive run at the Barca defence before Gabriel Pires also dragged an effort wide when well-placed at the edge of the box.

"I'd already talked about that and made it absolutely plain, I'm just trying to feel good in myself to help the team", Suarez said of his emotions after the full-time whistle.

Luis Suarez
Suarez returned to top form with a vital brace against Leganes

Barca's joy was tempered moments later when Gerard Pique was booked for bringing down Amrabat meaning he will be suspended for next weekend's clash at Valencia.

Ter Stegen was again called into action when Amrabat sent Beauvue clear seven minutes into the second half, but the Frenchman could only hit the keeper from close-range.

Leganes made a bright start in the opening stages but Barcelona went ahead when goalkeeper Cuellar spilled Paco Alcacer's cross and Suarez pounced from virtually on the goal-line in the 28th minute.

In contrast, just as in the first half, Barca were ruthlessly efficient in front of goal to double their lead on the hour mark.

While Luis Suarez and Paulinho kept the goals flowing at the other end there was no way past the formidable Ter Stegen as he clinched a clean sheet.

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