Lionel Messi scores 400th La Liga goal, sends Barcelona five points clear

Lionel Messi scores 400th La Liga goal, sends Barcelona five points clear

The Spanish giants parted with £145million to prise Coutinho away from Anfield, in the same season the Reds went on to reach the Champions League final.

Coutinho has started only one of Barca's last five matches, and his form is a far cry from his displays after joining the club in the middle of last season.

Yellow cards: Enrich (Min. 42) for Eibar, Suarez (Min. 45) for Barcelona, Pique (Min. 70) for Barcelona.

"He was the one who left", Cardoner said in October. But what about Suarez?

However, Barcelona demonstrated their superb quality for the game's opening goal after 18 minutes.

Eibar - Riesgo 7, Pena 5, Bigas 5, Arbilla 6, Cote 5, Escalante 6, Diop 6, Orellana 6, Cucurella 7, Jordan 5, Sergi 7.

Coutinho signed for Barca in January a year ago and was cup-tied in the Champions League, but he impressed in the second half of the campaign at Camp Nou, scoring 10 goals in 22 appearances as Barca won LaLiga and the Copa del Rey.




Well, Eibar's trips to the Camp Nou since their first promotion in 2014 have ended in 3-0, 3-1, 4-2 and 6-1 defeats.

The visitors managed to keep Barcelona at bay, but it was only a matter of time before the Catalan side ran rampant, scoring two goals in six minutes. Messi opened an angle around a defender and drilled in a low left-foot shot.

Messi's dominance has not been confined to the league though, and in all competitions he has scored 575 goals.

57' Messi should score! .

Since moving to France, though, he has been regularly linked with a return to Spain, previously with Real Madrid but more recently with Barcelona.

Suarez had given Barca the lead in the 19th minute by completing a superb team move involving Messi and his former Liverpool team mate Philippe Coutinho, who returned to the starting line up for the first time in four league games. Everyone expected Suarez to pick out a teammate when he was played through down the right channel, but with the outside of his boot he finds the back of the net.

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