Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi scored as La Liga leaders Barcelona restored their five-point lead at the top of La Liga by beating 10-men Villarreal.


Barca were dealing with a third succeeding league game without a win after Suarez and also Gerard Pique hit the woodwork.

The game was goalless when Villarreal midfielder Daniel Raba was revealed a straight red card for a hideous 60th-minute challenge on Sergio Busquets.

Suarez rounded the keeper to rack up 12 mins later on before Messi made it 2-0.

Villarreal, who are sixth in the table, made Barca work hard for their 12th organization win in 15 suits this season.

It needed a fine one-handed save by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to keep out Roberto Soriano when the game was goalless.

Nevertheless, Barca made their additional male matter with 2 goals in 11 mins.

Valencia are second in the table, while Atletico Madrid are 3rd, six points behind Barca, after Saul scored their winner in a 1-0 triumph at Real Betis previously on Sunday.

Actual Madrid, who hammered Sevilla 5-0 on Saturday, are 4th – eight points behind Barca, that they hold on the 23 December.

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