Monday 24 July 2017

Suarez double moves Barca back on top as Bayern seal title

Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates his second goal during the match against Espanyol. Photo: Albert Gea/Reuters
Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates his second goal during the match against Espanyol. Photo: Albert Gea/Reuters

Jamie Holland

Luis Suarez scored twice as Barcelona moved back to the top of the La Liga table after a 3-0 derby win at Espanyol on Saturday.

With Real Madrid winning 2-1 against Valencia earlier, the pressure was firmly back on Luis Enrique's side.

Suarez latched on to a stray back-pass to put Barcelona ahead early in the second half and Ivan Rakitic made sure of the points with 15 minutes left when he slotted in on the break. Suarez rolled in a late third following more shambolic defending.

A late goal from Marcelo gave Real a 2-1 win over Valencia after Cristiano Ronaldo had opened to scoring. Real are level on points with Barca but have a game in hand.

At the other end of the table, Granada's relegation was confirmed following a 2-1 defeat at Real Sociedad.

Parachuted

Caretaker boss Tony Adams had been parachuted into the dugout from his role as sporting director by Chinese owner Jiang Lizhang following a poor run under Lucas Alcaraz.

However, a fourth straight defeat under the 50-year-old saw Granada's fate sealed with three games of the season remaining.

Bayern Munich secured their fifth consecutive Bundesliga title with a 6-0 rout of Wolfsburg. Bayern led 3-0 at half-time thanks to David Alaba's opener and Robert Lewandowski's brace. Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich added goals in the second period.

Nice put a serious dent in Paris Saint-Germain's bid to retain their Ligue 1 crown last night by beating the champions 3-1. Mario Balotelli, Ricardo Pereira and Anastasios Donis hit Nice's goals, with Marquinhos replying for PSG, for whom Thiago Motta and Angel di Maria were sent off late on.

Roma's Serie A title hopes suffered a huge setback as Lazio took the derby honours with an impressive 3-1 victory at the Stadio Olimpico yesterday.

Irish Independent

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