Messi, Suarez brace lead Barca’s 5-0 romp at Real Betis

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Barcelona rode further away from their crumbling title rivals on Sunday as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored twice each in a 5-0 thrashing of Real Betis.

The emphatic win opened up an 11-point gap at the top of the La Liga standings.

A strike from Ivan Rakitic broke the home side’s resistance in the 58th minute.

Top goalscorer Messi and the in-form Suarez took turns in adding to the scoring to cap a sixth successive league win for Ernesto Valverde’s imperious team.

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Barca, the only unbeaten side in Europe’s top five leagues, lead the way with 54 points.

This was after capitalising on second-placed Atletico Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Girona on Saturday and third-placed Valencia’s 2-1 defeat at Las Palmas.

Betis went into the game having scored eight goals in their last two league matches but had few opportunities…



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