Leganes 0-3 Barcelona

Pauline Gross
November 19, 2017

A pair of goals from Luis Suarez and a late strike from Paulinho were enough to grind out an 11th win from 12 games and stretch their lead at the LaLiga summit to seven points.

But the visitors did make it 3-0 in stoppage time when Messi was crowded out down the left side of the area but managed to pull the back to Paulinho who stabbed his effort into the bottom corner from close range.

"What mattered to me was that I was feeling good and was helping the team, and today the goals helped us get the three points against a hard rival", Suarez said.

Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made a string of saves to preserve the comfortable nature of the scoreline, and Valverde was quick to praise the German. They made it hard to play inside, it was a complicated game, and I do not deny it.

Atletico forward Angel Correa wasted a glorious chance to open the scoring in the first derby at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium when he was through on goal in the third minute, while Toni Kroos missed Real's clearest opportunity. The important thing was to win.

Leganes' good work in the opening half hour was undone by a goalkeeping error when Ivan Cuellar limply palmed Paco Alcacer's driven cross into the path of the grateful Suarez to smash home his first goal for a month.

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Ter Stegen smothered Amrabat to deny Leganes again soon after and the difference of luck could be summed up when Pique deflected Szymanowski's cross goalwards, but straight into his goalkeeper's hands.

Lionel Messi's dinked pass released Alcacer and after Cuellar parried his first effort, Suarez drilled home the rebound for his second of the afternoon.

Barca's joy was tempered moments later when Gerard Pique was booked for bringing down Nordin Amrabat meaning he will be suspended for next weekend's top of the table clash at Valencia.

"We had our opportunities, but in the end we knew that we were playing against the best team in the world, and with very little they can score on you", Leganes midfielder Ruben Perez said.

"Perhaps 0-3 is a bit excessive".

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