Messi on target, Suarez makes debut

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Luis Suarez made his first appearance for Barcelona after his move from Liverpool for a reported €95 million as the Catalans hammered Mexican side Club Leon 6-0 in a friendly on Monday.

The Uruguayan striker, who won’t be able to play in a competitive game for Barca until October after his appeal against a fourth-month ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup was rejected last week, replaced RafinhaAlcantara 14 minutes from time.

Barca was already leading 4-0 thanks to goals from Lionel Messi, Munir El Haddadi and a double from Neymar before Munir and Sandro rounded off the scoring.

Despite his controversial past, which includes two previous bans for biting as well as a suspension by the English Football Association for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, Suarez was warmly received by the home fans as he made his entrance.

Earlier, Neymar and Messi made a telling impact in their first outings since their World Cup ended in a devastating back injury and defeat in the final respectively.

Messi headed the hosts in front inside three minutes from Neymar’s deflected cross.

The Brazilian striker then doubled Barca’s lead with a delightful chip from Andres Iniesta’s through ball before grabbing his second of the night when he backheeled into an empty net two minutes before halftime.

Munir replaced Neymar at halftime and he tapped home the fourth goal when Dani Alves knocked Ivan Rakitic’s ball over the top into the 19-year-old’s path.

And moments after Suarez had made his entrance, Munir smashed home his second goal of the game with a powerful low finish before Sandro put the seal on a fine Barca performance in similar fashion a minute from time.

AFP

There are no comments, yet.

Why don’t you be the first? Come on, you know you want to!

Leave a Comment


Facebook Like Box provided by plumber orange county