Barcelona 6-1 Celta Vigo

Suarez is La Liga’s top scorer with 23 goals in 22 matches this season

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez combined to score an audacious penalty as La Liga leaders Barcelona thrashed Celta Vigo to move three points clear.

With Barca leading 3-1, Messi nudged the spot-kick forward and to his right for Suarez to run into the area and side-foot in to complete his hat-trick.

Messi opened the scoring with a sublime free-kick before Celta striker John Guidetti drilled in a penalty to level.

After Suarez’s second-half treble, Ivan Rakitic and Neymar sealed the rout.

The defending champions still have a game in hand on nearest rivals Atletico Madrid, with Real Madrid four points adrift of Barca in third.

How the penalty unfolded

Penalty-taker Lionel Messi gives Celta keeper Sergio Alvarez ‘the eyes’, looking goalwards but passing the ball to the right…
…but Luis Suarez knows what Messi is up to, beginning his run behind his team-mate…
Sure enough, Suarez arrives quickly on the scene to calmly side-foot into the Celta net….
And, to the shock of almost everybody in the Nou Camp (including team-mate Ivan Rakitic), Suarez completes his hat-trick in the most unusual of styles

More to follow.

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