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26th-Feb-2018

Suarez hat-trick extends six-goal Barca's La Liga lead

By AFP, Madrid

Luis Suarez hit a hat-trick and Philippe Coutinho scored a brilliant first league goal for Barcelona as theĀ  La Liga leaders thrashed Girona 6-1 on Saturday to open up a 10-point lead at the top of the table.
Lionel Messi continued his return to goalscoring form with a double to reach 30 in all competitions for the season, as Barca extended their advantage over closest title rivals Atletico Madrid, who visit Sevilla on Sunday.
Real Madrid remain off the pace in third, despite a comfortable 4-0 victory over Alaves that saw Cristiano Ronaldo net a double and Gareth Bale back on the scoresheet.
It was the perfect outing for Barcelona after ninth-placed Girona had taken a shock early lead on their first-ever visit to the Camp Nou, as Coutinho, Suarez, Messi and Ousmane Dembele shone on their first start together.
Portu took advantage of hesitation from Barca centre-back Samuel Umtiti to round goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and slot into an empty net to put Girona ahead in La Liga's newest Catalan derby.