Football: Suárez scores hat-trick as Barça thrashes Real Madrid 5-1

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

On Sunday, FC Barcelona defeated Spanish capital football club Real Madrid 5–1 in week 10 of LaLiga at the Camp Nou stadium. One goal each from Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal and a hat-trick by Luis Suárez guided Barcelona to victory, as the Catalan club reached 21 points, at the top of league table standings.

Sergio Busquets wore the captain armband for Barcelona while Sergio Ramos captained the visiting Madrid team. Barcelona's talisman Lionel Messi was not in the team due to a fractured arm. Barcelona opened the scoring early, in the 11th minute. Brazilian forward Coutinho scored the first goal in the 11th minute, assisted by Jordi Alba. A few minutes later, Luka Modrić assisted Gareth Bale who tried to equalise for Real Madrid, but was stopped by Barcelona's goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen.

In the 26th minute, Toni Kroos tried a through ball but Marcelo Vieira was caught offside. Two minutes later, French defender Raphaël Varane committed a foul and brought down Barcelona's striker Luis Suárez in the penalty area. After consulting the video assistant referee, match official José María Sánchez awarded Barcelona a penalty kick. Real Madrid's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois guessed the direction of Suárez's kic correctly, but could not stop the spot kick as Barcelona was 2–0 at the half-hour mark. In the 38th minute, Barcelona's midfielder Ivan Rakitić was shown yellow card, and in the next minute, Real Madrid's Nacho was booked as well. The first half ended with the Catalan side leading 2–0.

In the beginning of the second half, Lucas Vázquez replaced Varane. In the 50th minute, Marcelo scored the goal for Madrid. In the 53rd minute Bale was booked for a bad foul. Karim Benzema's 53rd minute attempt to equalise for Madrid was blocked. In the 69th minute, Barcelona made a substitution, as Rafinha was substituted off for Nélson Semedo, and five minutes later, Ousmane Dembélé replaced Coutinho.

In the 75th minute, Sergi Roberto assisted Suárez and the Uruguayan scored a header as Barcelona led 3–1. Suárez received a yellow card in the 77th minute. Roberto assisted Suárez again, in the 83rd minute. Suárez chipped over Courtois, scoring the fourth Barcelona goal of the game. Arthur was swapped with Arturo Vidal a minute later. Vidal headed Dembélé's cross in the 87th as Barcelona finished the match 5–1, collecting three points from the game.

Madrid is currently ninth in the LaLiga standings with fourteen points. This was Madrid's fourth defeat in the ten league games played so far this season.

After the match, Real Madrid's captain Ramos said, "It's a difficult moment, we have to stick together and move on as soon as possible. We’ll try to keep a cool head and reflect. The key to success is in togetherness and we now have to put together a good run of results. Barcelona have taken advantage of this moment to press home the difference, but we have to move on and try to react because there is still a long way to go in the season" ((es))Spanish language: ‍Es un momento difícil, tenemos que estar juntos y pasar página cuanto antes. Vamos a intentar mantener la cabeza fría y reflexionar. La clave del éxito está en la unión y ahora tenemos que juntar una buena racha de partidos. El Barcelona ha aprovechado este momento para reivindicar la diferencia y ahora se nos van de distancia, pero hay que pasar página para intentar reaccionar porque aún queda mucha temporada.

October 28, 2018
4:15 PM (UTC+0100)
FC Barcelona 5–1 (FT) Real Madrid Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
Attendance: 93,265
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez
Philippe Coutinho Scored after 11 minutes 11'
Luis Suárez Scored after 30 minutes 30' (pen.)
Luis Suárez Scored after 75 minutes 75'
Luis SuárezScored after 83 minutes 83'
Arturo Vidal Scored after 87 minutes 87'
Ivan Rakitić Booked after 38 minutes 38'
Luis Suárez Booked after 77 minutes 77'
Rafinha Substituted off after 69 minutes 69'
Nélson Semedo Substituted on after 69 minutes 69'
Philippe Coutinho Substituted off after 74 minutes 74'
Ousmane Dembélé Substituted on after 74 minutes 74'
Arthur Melo Substituted off after 84 minutes 84'
Arturo Vidal Substituted on after 84 minutes 84'
2–0 (HT) Marcelo Vieira Scored after 50 minutes 50'
Nacho Booked after 39 minutes 39'
Gareth Bale Booked after 53 minutes 53'
Raphaël Varane Substituted off after 45 minutes 45'
Lucas Vázquez Substituted on after 45 minutes 45'
Gareth Bale Substituted off after 77 minutes 77'
Marco Asensio Substituted on after 77 minutes 77'
Marcelo Vieira Substituted off after 82 minutes 82'
Mariano Díaz Substituted on after 82 minutes 82'