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Barcelona backs with 5 goals  

15 January 2017, 11:28:11

International Desk: Luis Suarez scored twice as Barcelona cut Real Madrid's La Liga lead to two points by thrashing Las Palmas.

Lionel Messi completed a quest to score against every top-flight team in La Liga on Saturday.

Luis Suarez added two goals and Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal also scored as Barcelona moved within two points of Real Madrid, who play at Sevilla on Sunday and hold another game in hand.

Suarez turned in an Andre Gomes cut-back for the only goal of the first half, but hosts Barca then scored three quick goals after the break.

Lionel Messi tapped in and Suarez then steered a lovely shot into the corner, before Arda Turan made it 4-0.

Aleix Vidal's first goal for the club, placed into the corner from a Paco Alcacer pass, completed the rout.

Elsewhere in La Liga on Saturday, Nicolas Gaitan's eighth-minute goal strengthened Atletico Madrid's hold on fourth place as they beat Real Betis 1-0, while the day's other two matches ended 0-0, as Athletic Bilbao were held at Leganes and Villarreal drew away to Deportivo La Coruna.

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