Luis Suarez strikes twice as Barcelona set record in Betis win to stay top of Primera Liga
Suarez struck twice and Lionel Messi scored on his 500th appearance for Barcelona in a 4-0 win over Real Betis
Luis Suarez struck twice and Lionel Messi scored on his 500th appearance for Barcelona who set a new Spanish record of goals in a calendar year with a 4-0 win over Real Betis that lifted them top of La Liga on Wednesday.
Messi slid home his 425th goal for Barca after 34 minutes to add to their lead which came from a Heiko Westermann own-goal following a controversial penalty.
Messi was harshly judged to have been fouled by keeper Antonio Adan and although Neymar slipped and hit the crossbar with his spot-kick, Westermann put the rebound into the back of his own net.
Luis Suarez pounced twice in the second half to take Barca’s goal tally to 180 this year, two more than the previous Spanish record set by Real Madrid in 2014.
Barcelona and Atletico are now level at the top of La Liga on 38 points, with the Catalan side having played a game fewer, two more than third-placed Real.