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Spanish La Liga: Suarez double sees Catalans move three points behind leaders

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12-19-2016 13:01 BJT

Barcelona were looking to trim Real's lead in La Liga as they battled Espanyol in the Catalan derby. Barca entered six off the pace, but were able to close the gap, thanks to Luis Suarez, who just signed a new five-year deal to stay at the Nou Camp, and showed his club, that is was a wise investment.

Players of FC Barcelona celebrate scoring during the Spanish league football match between Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Dec. 18, 2016. Barcelona won 4-1. (Xinhua/Pau Barrena)

Players of FC Barcelona celebrate scoring during the Spanish league football match between Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Dec. 18, 2016. Barcelona won 4-1. (Xinhua/Pau Barrena)

Luis Suarez celebrated his new contract firing the home side ahead in the 18th minute with the help of a brilliant pass from Andre Iniesta.

The Uruguayan struck again in the 67th after a stunning run from Lionel Messi, who beat four defenders before passing to suarez.

The Argentine maestro cut the Espanyol defence to ribbons again to allow Jordi Alba to score the third in the 68th.

David Lopez briefly silenced a jubilant Nou Camp with a well worked goal on the counter but Messi was at it again with a fully deserved goal of his own, latching on to a chipped Suarez pass to secure a 4-1 victory for the Calatans.

As for action from Sunday -- Eibar and Leganes played to a 1-1. Deportivo were two goals better than last-place Osasuna, the win also moves them four clear of the relegation zone.

So here is a look at the table, Barca are second with 34 points, three behind Real Madrid who have a game in hand due to their participation at the Club World Cup, while Sevilla are third on 33. Villarreal will go into the New Year fourth in the table.

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