Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 6-0 at the Nou Camp on Sunday and there were a few interesting storylines to come out of the one-sided clash.
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Firstly, Lionel Messi suffered an injury scare as the recently crowned FIFA Ballon d’Or winner — his fifth World Player of the Year title — was forced off at half time with a hamstring injury.
However, breath easy Barca fans, the club confirmed in a statement on Monday that the injury wasn’t as serious as first feared.
“Medical tests on striker Lionel Messi this Monday morning have revealed great news. It turns out that the Argentine has not got a hamstring injury and has just taken a bit of a knock.”
Messi may not be risked on Wednesday when Barca play Athletic again in the Copa del Rey quarterfinal first leg, but the way his strike partners are carrying on, there’s no need to worry.
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Luis Suarez bagged a hat trick, while Neymar scored one and set up two in the rout of Bilbao. Suarez now has 18 goals in La Liga to lead the way but the Uruguayan will not be able to carry the weight of the team if Messi misses out in midweek as Suarez is banned for Copa del Rey action. Okay then, over to you, Neymar.
Here’s a look at Suarez’s superb hat trick courtesy of BeINSports USA.
Suarez and Neymar rip Athletic apart on their own…
Lovely chest control and deft finish…
Suarez seals his hat trick…