Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were on target as Barcelona defeated Valencia 2-0.
Barcelona took another step towards reclaiming the La Liga title with an important 2-0 victory over top four contenders Valencia at the Nou Camp.
It all started so well for the Catalans as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez combined as early as the first minute, the former Liverpool striker scoring his side’s quickest La Liga goal since 2009.
However, the visitors weren’t about to roll over and missed a glorious chance to equalise as Barca shot-stopper Claudio Bravo got down brilliantly to save a Dani Parejo penalty.
The following 80 minutes of action was non-stop, both teams having chances to score before Argentine superstar Messi made sure of the points with his side’s second goal deep into injury time.
While that goal had little bearing on the result, Messi’s strike does take his, Neymar Junior and Suarez’s combined season total to 64 La Liga goals – one more than Arsenal have notched in the Premier League.
62 – Messi, Neymar and Suárez combined have scored more goals than 89 of the 98 teams in the Top 5 Euro leagues. Top pic.twitter.com/PIUf3qYtsU— OptaJose (@OptaJose) abril 18, 2015
The Gunners have the longest list of goal scorers in the Premier League, with 15 different players finding the net, whereas Barca’s list stands at 14.
However, with the South American trio scoring 64 of the Catalan outfit’s 89 La Liga goals, it’s easy to see why they are fast becoming the most feared strike force in world football.
The Gunners aren’t the only team the deadly trio have now overtaken, as they join a group of 89 fellow top European teams to be left trailing in their wake.
The victory momentarily extends Barca’s lead at the top of the table to five points, yet with tough away games against Espanyol and Atletico Madrid awaiting, the title is far from a foregone conclusion.