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Luis Suarez hat-trick gave Barcelona a win

Luis Suarez bagged a hat-trick for FC Barcelona, as they came from behind to secure a 3-1 win over Eibar at the Camp Nou.
It was the visitors who broke the deadlock after 10 minutes, as Borja Baston fired home with a wonderful finish from the edge of the box, after Claudio Bravo had saved Keko's effort.
However, The home side leveled matters 10 minutes later as Sandro Ramirez collected a pass from Sergio Busquets, before picking out Suarez, who nodded home from six-yards out.
Simone Verdi nearly restored Eibar's lead in the 29th minute, as the Italian weaved his way into the box, before rifling an effort into the side-netting.
Marc Batra came to Barcelona's rescue in the 39th minute, as the defender popped up with a clearance on the goal line to keep out Keko's lob.
However, the home side took the lead shortly after the halftime break, as Neymar skipped past a few challenges, before teeing up Suarez, who controlled well before rifling an effort into the bottom corner.
Barcelona boss, Luis Enrique, decided to change things near the hour-mark, as he introduced Jeremy Mathieu and Munir El Haddadi.
Asier Riesgo was called upon in the 58th minute, as the Eibar goalkeeper pulled off a fine save to keep out Suarez's close range volley.
The hosts were presented with a chance to extend their advantage in the 76th minute but Ivan Rakitic's curling free-kick sailed inches wide of the target.
Barcelona were then reduced to 10 men in the 82nd minute when Javier Mascherano was shown a straight red card for dissent.
Despite being a man down, Enrique's charges managed to add a third goal in the 85th minute when Suarez collected a pass from Neymar, before firing a low effort past Riesgo from 12-yards out.
The match ended 3-1 to the defending champions and they have now moved level on points with Real Madrid, who boast a superior goal difference. 
Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

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