Sweet assists from sub Suarez send Neymar, Barca past Almeria (video)


Luis Enrique pushed the right buttons to pull Barcelona from its La Liga doldrums, using some high-profile substitutes to spur the Blaugranas to a come-from-behind 2-1 win against lowly Almeria.

Coming off losses to Real Madrid and Celta Vigo in league play after starting the season 8-0 without conceding a single goal, Enrique left the following names on the bench against Almeria: Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique, Neymar, Xavi, Dani Alves.

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And while a few of those names weren’t surprising, it was Suarez and Neymar who teamed up — along with Jordi Alba — to spring the comeback after Congolese 22-year-old attacker Thievy Bifouma put Almeria ahead in the 37th minute.

Neymar and Suarez entered for Muni El Haddadi and Pedro, respectively, at halftime and turned the 1-0 Almeria lead on its head.

First Suarez passed a square ball to Neymar to tap home in the 73rd minute before giving a through ball for Alba to finish in the 82nd.

Barca briefly leapt atop the table before Real Madrid dispatched Rayo Vallecano 5-1 on goals from Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo. Los Merengues are again two points ahead of their Catalan rivals.