Barcelona kept the pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid by beating local rivals Espanyol on Saturday night.
Luis Suarez scored twice in the second-half and Ivan Rakitic was also on target as Barca joined Real Madrid on 81 points, although Luis Enrique’s side have played a game more.
Suarez celebrates the first of his two goals as Barcelona moved back to the top of the league
Gerard Pique looks to slow the game down and frustrate Espanyol who are in search of an equaliser
Barcelona’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez celebrates Lionel Messi after scoring
Lionel Messi shows his frustration at having been flagged offside during a frustrating first half
Felipe Caicedo looks to back in Samuel Umtiti during a cagey first 45 minutes
Aaron Martin competes for the ball with Luis Suarez for company
Lionel Messi looks to wriggle clear of the Espanyol defnece in the opening stages
Espanol’s defender Javi Lopez kneels on the ground comforted by Neymar
Barcelona will look to make the perfect response to Real Madrid’s dramatic late win over Valencia by taking three points off local rivals Espanyol to move back top of La Liga.
Zinedine Zidane’s side usurped the Catalans earlier on Saturday as goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo cancelled out what looked to have been a decisive equaliser from Daniel Parejo with eight minutes remaining.
Barcelona are buoyed by the return from suspension of forward Neymar and with momentum after backing up the win over Real with a 7-1 destruction of Osasuna in midweek.
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