FC Barcelona vs Las Palmas : Match report and analysis
Goals from Luis Suárez and Neymar both earned Barcelona a 2-1 win at Las Palmas that moved them a solid nine points clear at the top seat of La Liga.
The league’s leading marksman Suárez opened the scoring sheet of the FC Barcelona vs Las Palmas match after six minutes, meeting Jordi Alba’s fine cross at the far post to net his handsome 12th goal in seven matches in all sorts of competitions and take his La Liga tally for the current season to 25.
Las Palmas equalised just four minutes later when the striker Willian José overcame the offside trap to latch on to Jonathan Viera’s splendid backheeled pass and steer the ball past the helpless Claudio Bravo.
Neymar restored Barça’s lead in the 39th minute mark of the FC Barcelona vs Las Palmas encounter when Lionel Messi’s shot was parried by the alert goalkeeper Javi Varas and the Brazilian clinically netted the rebound.
Suárez told Spanish television: “To win titles you have to suffer, [this was] a match away from home suffering … these matches are the ones that give you the league.
What matters is for the team to keep winning. I am here to add goals and assists.”
Suárez, after scoring his 41st goal of the running season in all competitions, had a pretty good chance to increase Barça’s lead also early in the second half but Varas made a fabulous stop. Las Palmas almost levelled on the hour mark of the FC Barcelona vs Las Palmas clash when Bravo saved a shot from Viera and José also put the rebound into the side-netting.
“We were up against the best team in the world. They thrive on possession and I think we were competitive but up front they make the difference,” exclaimed Las Palmas midfielder Roque Mesa.
Atlético Madrid can also cut the gap to six points when they play Villarreal on Sunday. Third-placed Real Madrid, who are now 10 points off the pace, travel to Málaga.