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Messi on target in comfortable Barca win but Busquets adds to injury woes
Luis Enrique’s side closed to within two points of La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

BARCELONA RESPONDED following the early loss of Sergio Busquets to ankle ligament damage to secure a 4-0 win at Eibar in La Liga on Sunday.

Busquets was on the receiving end of a heavy challenge from Gonzalo Escalante and left the field on a stretcher after 10 minutes, but Luis Enrique’s men overcame a rough opening to lead through Denis Suarez – who was able to celebrate his first goal for the club having replaced the Spain international.

The second, third and fourth goals arrived after half-time from more familiar sources.

Lionel Messi continued his imperious recent form with his 28th of the season five minutes after the break and Luis Suarez capitalised on a dreadful error from Florian Lejeune to make it 19 for the campaign.

Neymar has not been as prolific as his illustrious attacking colleagues this term but scored for the first time in LaLiga since October when Eibar were picked apart on the break in stoppage time.

Barca remain third in La Liga but are back to within two points of rivals Real Madrid at the summit and one behind Sevilla in second.

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