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Barcelona move 10 points clear after tough Eibar encounter

League leaders Barça will travel home delighted to have picked up all three points in the Ipurua rain, Luis Suárez and Jordi Alba hitting the net against the run of play.

Barcelona's Spanish defender Jordi Alba (L) is congratulated by teammate  Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez for scoring the team's second goal during the Spanish league football match between SD Eibar and FC Barcelona at the Ipurua stadium in Eibar

Eibar vs Barcelona: match report

It's all about the points when it comes to winning the league and this will go down as yet another accumulation of all three in what still appears to be Barcelona striding towards reclaiming their Spanish throne. What the players, and those that were watching, will remember though, is that their hosts Eibar gave them a real test ahead of another against Chelsea in the Champions League.

Suárez drops shoulder and slots home to open the scoring.
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Suárez drops shoulder and slots home to open the scoring.Juan FlorDIARIO AS

Suarez latched on to a pass from Lionel Messi to dribble round the home side's goalkeeper and slot into an empty net in the 16th minute, while Messi hit the woodwork later in the game as did Eibar's Fabian Orellana, who was sent off with 25 minutes remaining for a second booking.

Eibar coach Jose Luis Mendilibar was also dismissed later for angry protests against referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez.

Barca finally made the most of their extra man when Alba sidefooted into the near corner with his weaker right foot in the 88th minute to give his side a first win in three games after surprise successive draws against Espanyol and Getafe.

The hard-fought win takes Barca on to 62 points for the season, 10 above nearest challengers Atletico Madrid, who play Athletic Bilbao at home on Sunday. Champions Real visit Real Betis the same day.

Eibar vs Barcelona: how it happened


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