By Mac Izu Nelson
Yesterday, Barcelona eased to a comfortable victory against Las Palmas.
The Uruguayan Suarez scored twice, while goals from Lionel Messi, Arda Turan, and Alex Vidal completed the rout.
After last week’s contentious 1-1 draw with Villareal, Barca came into this match in desperate need of points.
Barcelona completely dominated the early exchanges and it was no surprise when in the 14th minute, Luis Suarez steered home a Rafinha cross to make it 1-0.
The floodgates were open from that point on and the impressive Gomez could have made it 2-0 when an exquisite Sergio Busquets pass found him.
Lionel Messi also came close to making it four free kick goals in 2017 but the Las Palmas keeper, Varas, parried his goal bound effort.
Messi also came close with a one on one but he never found the mark till in the 52nd minute when he lashed home Varas’ poor parry from a Rafihna cross.
It was soon 3-0 when Rafinha picked out Suarez, who opened up his body and sent a low effort into the far corner from the left of the box.
Las Palmas were shell-shocked and, although Varas denied Suarez a hat-trick when one-on-one, Arda followed up to stroke home the rebound just before the hour mark.
The match was now a formality, but Barca wrapped up the win when Vidal netted home his first goal in a Barca shirt with 10 minutes left, after Paco Alcacer had found his run into the area.
Full time, Barcelona 5-0 Las Palmas.
The result means that Barcelona leapfrog Sevilla into second place and now have just 2 points to catch up with Real Madrid having played two games more than the capital side.