Suarez strike helps Barca up pace with Real
Published 02/11/2015 | 02:30
Real Madrid and Barcelona surged three points clear at the top of La Liga on Saturday when Real beat promoted Las Palmas 3-1 at home and the champions won 2-0 at Getafe.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his eighth goal of the campaign, between strikes from Isco and Jese, in a comfortable win for a depleted Real at the Bernabeu, though they did concede at home for the first time this term in the top flight.
At Getafe, Neymar stayed ahead of Ronaldo atop the scoring chart with his ninth goal, a superb volley to make it 2-0 after Luis Suarez hit his eighth of the season as the South American pair kept Barca motoring in the absence of injured talisman Lionel Messi.
Real and Barca each have 24 points from 10 matches, with Real ahead on goal difference.
Meanwhile, Sevilla remain winless on the road after preparing for tomorrow's visit of Manchester City with a 2-1 reverse at Villarreal on Saturday. Fernando Llorente scored a late consolation.
CSKA Moscow visit Manchester United tomorrow on the back of a 2-0 league success over Ufa on Saturday. Sergei Ignashevich and former Red Zoran Tosic netted for the league leaders.
In Germany, Bayern Munich prepared for Wednesday's visit of Arsenal with a goalless draw at Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday - their first dropped points of the season after 10 straight wins.
In Italy, Inter Milan beat AS Roma 1-0 to replace them atop Serie A thanks to a Gary Medel strike, while Juventus returned to winning ways with a last-gasp Juan Cuadrado goal securing a 2-1 win over local rivals Torino.
Paul Pogba opened the scoring for Juventus after 19 minutes when he gathered a Cuadrado pass in his stride and flicked the ball up before slamming a half-volley past Daniele Padelli.
Torino equalised in the 51st when Cesare Bovo fired his free-kick right at teammate Daniele Baselli whose rebound found Gianluigi Buffon's net before Cuadrado struck the winner from close range in the second minute of stoppage time.