Barcelona receive Suarez scare ahead of Man Utd clash

Virginia Santiago
March 19, 2019

"I am grateful, we are always treated well when we play here", said Messi, who has now scored 45 hat-tricks for Barcelona and six for Argentina.

The third Messi strike, which killed off any late hopes of a Betis comeback, drew an ovation from the home supporters which the Argentine worldwide says he has never previously experienced. His shot grazed the underside of the bar before going in, triggering the outburst of praise from Betis fans. "Worse things have happened". We have a great advantage but there are many points still to play for.

The La Liga giants will already be without powerful forward Ousmane Dembele for both games with United after he suffered a hamstring tear against Lyon in midweek. Messi did the rest by stabbing a low shot beyond Lopez.

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After the game, Barca manager Ernesto Valverde was full of praise for his captain, and insisted football fans are "lucky" to be witnessing the era of the diminutive Argentine.

Valverde switched from Barca's usual 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2, bringing in Arturo Vidal, and he was happy with the way the tactical change helped Barca win the game despite having less of the ball.

After tests on Monday morning, it's been found that Suarez has a tear in his right ankle. A single consolation goal for the hosts came from Loren Morón eight minutes from time, just three minutes before Messi's latest stroke of genius.

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With an worldwide break meaning it will be two weeks before he gets his players back for a tricky Premier League clash vs. We've got so much to play for. "This is the poorest we've played, but against a good team".

Messi, who scored twice in Barca's 5-1 win over Olympique Lyonnais in the Champions League on Wednesday, now has 29 goals in 26 La Liga appearances and 39 strikes in all competitions.

Getafe defended well to take a 0-0 draw at Valencia, keeping its hold on fourth place.

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