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Luis Suarez treble helps keep pressure on Real Madrid

Published 25/10/2015 | 19:48

Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates his third goal against Eibar during their Spanish first division soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, October 25, 2015. REUTERS/Albert Gea
Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates his third goal against Eibar during their Spanish first division soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, October 25, 2015. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Barcelona moved up to second in the Primera Division standings, behind Real Madrid on goal difference, with a 3-1 triumph over Eibar at the Nou Camp.

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The Basque minnows took a shock lead after just eight minutes through in-form Atletico Madrid loanee Borja Baston.

But Suarez levelled midway through the first half and then struck at the start and end of the second period to complete his treble and seal the points for Barca, who had Javier Mascherano sent off late on.

Luis Enrique's side joined arch rivals Real - 3-1 winners at Celta Vigo on Saturday - on 21 points at the summit, while Eibar went away reflecting on their first league defeat of the season.

Villarreal earlier fell further off the pace at the top as they were held to a drab 0-0 draw at lowly Las Palmas.

The Yellow Submarine slipped four points behind Real and Barca, while Las Palmas moved up to third from bottom - ahead of Granada and Levante on goal difference.

David Moyes' Real Sociedad climbed clear of the relegation zone and up to 14th with a thumping 4-0 win at 10-man Levante.

Carlos Vela set the visitors on their way and rounded off the scoring late in the second half, while Imanol Agirretxe netted before half-time to double the visitors' lead and Asier Illarramendi grabbed his first goal since returning to the club.

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