Messi double, Suarez stunner take Barca top

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April 5, 2017 at 20:30, in the central match of the 30th round of the Spanish championship - Examples, at the stadium "Camp Nou" Barcelona will face Sevilla.

Messi, picking up a ball won by Ivan Rakitic on the half way line, ran down a right channel, avoiding the attention of three opponents, to cross for Luis Suarez, who finished with a spectacular overhead kick.

It became much worse for the visitors just over two minutes later as Messi made it two, before adding his second and Barcelona's third just after the half-hour mark.

"Being a striker you always know where the goal is and where the ball is to be able to find the net", the Uruguayan told reporters after the game.

Argentine talisman Lionel Messi is back for FC Barcelona as they look to maintain their La Liga football title hopes with a home game against Sevilla on Wednesday night.

Ahead of a mammoth 18-day period that sees the Galacticos go up against Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga, and Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane gambled on the strength of his squad and was duly rewarded at Butarque.

Lionel Messi, well rested after missing games for club and country through suspension in the last week, created the first goal for Luis Suarez and then scored two of his own as Barca killed off Sevilla in eight first-half minutes.

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He added: "I think we are doing everything we can, and I think we do not want to be in that situation again". I think it will be an interesting game for us.

Messi has been a beaten finalist three times with Argentina, at the 2014 World Cup and the 2015 and 2016 Copa America.

Messi, who has now scored 43 goals in 41 matches for Barcelona this season, was playing his first game in almost two weeks. Forced to miss a match when Barcelona proved they can live without him in the 4-1 win at Granada, he returns to prove they can't live without him.

Luis Suarez fantastic goal! Barca were also on a 13-game unbeaten run against the Andalusians, who were without a win in five.

Few expected Sampaoli's side to return to winning ways against a Barca side that seem to have the bit between their teeth again, but no one expected them to be three goals down at half-time in the Camp Nou rain.

The win sends Barca perhaps only momentarily back to the top of the table, one point above Madrid, who travel to struggling Leganes later on Wednesday.

Sevilla remained in fourth place, but is 11 points off the lead and virtually out of contention for the title.

Even with Sevilla slumping, this should be a close contest.