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Messi's cracking curler and 2 from Suarez put Barcelona 4 points clear

The Catalan giants took another step towards La Liga glory with a routine 4-0 win over Almeria.

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi celebrate together.
Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi celebrate together.

LIONEL MESSI AND Luis Suarez were on target as leaders Barcelona beat Almeria 4-0 to chalk up a sixth straight La Liga win.

Messi went into the contest nursing an injury to his right foot but illuminated a largely forgettable first half with a sumptuous strike – his 44th goal in 43rd Barca appearances this term.

Suarez redeemed what had been a frustrating match individually with a similarly impressive second 10 minutes after half-time.

Defender Marc Bartra headed home in the 75th minute before Suarez tapped home in stoppage time to ensure former Barca full-back Sergi suffered defeat in his first match as Almeria coach.

The Andalusian side dispensed of Juan Ignacio Martinez after a run of seven winless games, though Sergi may well target Saturday’s fixture against fellow strugglers Granada as a chance to turn their fortunes around.

Barca appear to be hitting their straps at just the right time, however, with an ever-improving defence keeping a clean sheet for the fourth time in five outings.

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