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Barcelona 6-1 Girona: Suarez Scores Hat-Trick In Catalan Derby


Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Barcelona came from behind to set a club record of 32 games unbeaten, thrashing Catalan neighbours Girona 6-1 at the Nou Camp on Saturday night.

The visitors took a shock early lead as Cristian Portu pounced on a mistake by Samuel Umtiti to find the net (3), but Suarez equalised two minutes later with a composed finish from Lionel Messi’s through ball.

Suarez then turned provider for Messi to give Ernesto Valverde’s side the lead (30), and the Argentine stretched Barcelona’s advantage with a sublime free-kick (36) underneath the Girona wall.

There was still time for Suarez to convert Philippe Coutinho’s cross to make it four prior to the break (44), and the former Liverpool midfielder then got in on the act, scoring a sensational fifth (66) before Suarez completed the rout, tapping in from Ousmane Dembele’s cross (76).

Girona, the last Catalan province to produce a top-flight team, took a shock lead on their first competitive visit to the Nou Camp as a mix-up between Umtiti and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen allowed Portu to pounce and score from an acute angle via the post.