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Messi, Suarez bag braces as Barcelona humiliate Huesca

Messi, Suarez bag braces as Barcelona humiliate Huesca

Ousmane Dembele, whose curling shot had earlier hit the crossbar, and Ivan Rakitic struck quick-fire goals to put Barcelona firmly in control.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored twice each as La Liga champions Barcelona turned on the style to hammer Huesca 8-2 on Sunday and join Real Madrid as the only teams in the league to win their opening three games.

Messi and Suarez completed their braces at either end of the half and Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic and Jordi Alba all joined in the fun as the hosts comprehensively maintained their flawless start to the campaign.

The snub came as a big surprise as the Barcelona great had topped the scorer's charts with 45 goals in all competitions in the 2017/18 season and helped the Catalans win the league and Cup double in Spain.

Lionel Messi soon ended Huesca's joy, though, as the Argentina superstar levelled the tie on the 19th-minute mark.

Barcelona are leaders of LaLiga after three games with their superior goal difference.

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That only awakened the champions as they hastily overturned the deficit, Messi driving a right-footed finish into the bottom far corner before Pulido turned Alba's cutback into his own net eight minutes later.

There was no way back for the Aragonese outfit when Messi scored his second of the game after the hour mark, before Jordi Alba made it 7-2.

Huesca battled back when Gallar converted Moi Gomez's cut-back three minutes before the break and the minnows left the field with a spring in their step at the interval.

Suarez was not to be denied, however, and after being brought to the ground by Werner inside the box, the Uruguay worldwide stepped forward to convert from the penalty spot as Barcelona hit eight on home soil.

Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho fired a pass ahead for Messi in the 61st minute for that breakaway goal.

Suarez won an injury-time penalty following a foul by keeper Axel Werner and threw the ball to Messi so he could score his third.


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