Barcelona Vs Real Betis: 6-2

تم نشره في Sun 21 August / Aug 2016. 05:40 PM
  • Barcelona players celebrate win - (AFP)

Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick on the opening day of La Liga as champions Barcelona thrashed Real Betis.

Arda Turan opened the scoring for Barca from close range, before Ruben Castro levelled from a free-kick.

Lionel Messi slammed home an excellent 22-yard strike before Suarez swept home from the edge of the box.

Suarez scored the fourth, Messi drove home from distance and Suarez curled home a free-kick for his third, before Castro added a late consolation.

Uruguay striker Suarez, last season's La Liga top scorer with 40 goals, has now scored 17 goals in his past six league games.

It was Barcelona's third game of the season, having beaten Sevilla 2-0 and 3-0 in the two legs of the Spanish Super Cup.

After the match, Barca confirmed "the beginning of an agreement with Manchester City for Claudio Bravo", the 33-year-old keeper who played against Gus Poyet's Betis.

Real Madrid get their season under way at Real Sociedad on Sunday (19:15 BST), with Atletico Madrid hosting Alaves two hours later.

Suarez continues scarcely believable form

Suarez was absolutely integral to Barcelona winning the title last season, scoring 14 goals in their final five La Liga games - all wins - including a hat-trick on the final-day 3-0 victory against Granada.

Real Madrid would have been champions had Barca dropped points in any of those games.

And the former Liverpool striker started off this season's league campaign in similar fashion, with three good finishes, including an excellent free-kick.