Barcelona 3-0 Eibar: Lionel Messi takes La Liga's 400th goal as hosts ahead of the top to five points
- Luis Suarez opened the score with a beautiful curled finish after he was played by Philippe Coutinho
- Suarez exchanged passes with Coutinho before defeating Lionel Messi to double the lead in the second half
- Suarez then made a nice finish three minutes later with the outside of his right foot
Pete Jenson for MailOnline
Lionel Messi became the first player to score 400 goals in the Spanish league. and he did it in the same Camp Nou goal that he scored his first goal in almost 14 years ago.
Messi got Barcelona's second goal in their 3-0 victory over Eibar from a Luis Suarez pass. In 2005 it was a Ronaldinho assistant with whom he made contact to score his first.
His characteristic strike covered an impressive offensive display from Barcelona with Philippe Coutinho back in the team and in the heart of things instead of looking at it from the couch.
Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring Barcelona's second goal of the match against Eibar on Sunday night
The Argentinian striker (right) produced a brilliant finish after he was found by teammate Luis Suarez (center) in the sixteen
Messi (2nd right) is congratulated by his teammates after doubling the advantage of his side in the Nou Camp
The 31-year-old player points to the sky after he has achieved his 400th goal in his 435th appearance on the Spanish top flight
Barcelona took the lead at 19 minutes and it was a goal made in Liverpool – Coutinho to Suarez to Coutinho to Suarez at the back of Aitor Riesgo's net.
Four passes between Suarez and Coutinho and an extra touch of the finisher before he opened his body and his shot around the goalkeeper bent into the far corner.
Passes were exchanged between Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets before the ball reached Coutinho – it was a smooth movement of the training field that cut through the center of Eibar's defense and gave Suarez his first goal at home in the league since he played three scored against Real Madrid in October.
He has scored four on the road since then but this was his first in the Camp Nou four three months. It was an even more important goal for Coutinho.
He had served the last four matches and last week spoke to the assistant of Jonas Spider, Jonas Jonas Jonas, who had admitted: "Coutinho may not be on the same level as last season and [Ousmane] Dembele went a bit past him. & # 39;
There were also claims of the Spanish radio & # 39; Cope & # 39; that his agents had had contact with the club to discuss the way in which they put their all-time record signing aside.
& # 39; If a player is not happy, he must fight to change the situation, & # 39; Valverde had said and this was his chance. He was back in the team for the rest Ousmane Dembele and he almost won a penalty before the break, but referee Jesus Gil Manzano wiped his attraction as he tumbled under pressure from Ruben Peña.
Eibar retained his form and Barcelona's chances to expand his lead were limited. But the visitors, who have never beat Barça in the league, have hardly had a chance with a Sergio Enrich header.
Seven minutes in the second half, they were 2-0 behind and Coutinho was again involved. It was his pass to Suarez that the Uruguayan bumped into Messi who scored that historic goal.
The stadium announcer reminded supporters of the landmark and Barcelona was now on a different level.
Coutinho threw the ball over the head of an unfortunate Eibar defender and collided with the loose ball, making him almost the third. He then played in Suarez, whose rear heel ran to Messi whose shot was saved.
Suarez took the third turn on Sergio Roberto's quick throw and squeezed the ball past Riesgo from the smallest corners with the outside of his right shoe.
While Andres Iniesta is watching in the Camp Nou crowd, Coutinho stepped back to midfield in the last 20 minutes while Valverde Dembele drove up.
Barcelona has a sense of wealth in attacks – keeping both Dembele and Coutinho happy will be a constant problem for Valverde, but it is a problem that any other coach in the league would want.