FC Barcelona's Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez attend a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, Spain. "I didn't have another alternative because the ball was in the air".
Barca were looking like their free-flowing selves towards the end of their treble-winning, 2014-15 campaign as a clearing header fell straight to Messi, who smacked home a low volley for his second of the evening.
Messi's last game had been on March 23, when he scored Argentina's victor over Chile in South American qualifying. All eyes will be on the Sunday, April 23, when both Barcelona and Real Madrid face off at the Santiago Bernabeu, in a game that could decide the league.
In the Last five matches of Barcelona FC, the team had four wins along with a loss against to one of the weakest team, Deportivo La Coruna.
The Catalan giants remain two points behind Real Madrid, who also won on Wednesday, and their ruthless display left their outgoing manager thrilled. Jorge Sampaoli's side dominated possession and had 17 attempts on goal but lacked a cutting edge, particularly in the second half when they launched repeated assaults on the visiting area but could not get past the impressive Ivan Cuellar in goal.
He also netted five times in the Copa America with Argentina, with further goals coming in CONMEBOL qualifiers against Uruguay, Colombia and Chile.
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To make matters worse, winger Vitolo was sent off for a second bookable offence late in the game when he hacked down Neymar and while Sevilla are probably safe in terms of Champions League qualification, third-placed Atletico Madrid are now three points ahead of them. "We have to believe again".
Messi-Suarez-Neymar have arguably been the best front 3 in world football ever since they were assembled nearly 3 years ago.
Messi was banned for his last two outings for club and country but looked rested rather than rusty as he took his tally for the season to 43 goals in 41 games. "We have to consider that this is the way it's going to be nearly every three days and it'll only get worse".
Suarez made no such mistake as he caught Messi s deflected cross flush with an overhead kick to break the deadlock with his 31st goal of the season.
Barcelona is closing in on La Liga leaders Real Madrid as they attained an emphatic 3-0 victory over fellow title rivals Sevilla.