Messi, Suarez fuel brilliant Barcelona win

Luis Suarez scored twice to help Barcelona to a 4-1 victory over Espanyol in the clash of the Catalans at the Nou Camp.

The Uruguayan’s double briefly made him the top scorer in La Liga with 12 goals, until teammate Lionel Messi moved back level with him in the last minute.

It also ended Espanyol’s 10-game unbeaten run and edged the Spanish champions to within three points of leaders Real Madrid.

Barca had won the last five home meetings with their city neighbours, scoring 19 goals and conceding just one in the process.

But this appeared a far sterner test than in recent years against an Espanyol side who had kept seven clean sheets in their previous nine matches.

All that separated the sides at the interval was Suarez’s opener, but two moments of Messi magic in the space of 60 second-half seconds put Barca out of sight.

Suarez, who this week handed Barca a boost by extending his contract with the club until 2021, created the first chance with a trademark burst forward.