Jordi Alba, Luis Suarez kick Barcelona to winning ways

Steve Sidwell

Steve Sidwell

Jordi Alba dished out some late Valentine's cheer by dedicating his goal in Barcelona's 2-0 win at Eibar to his girlfriend.

Fabian Orellana hit the post for Eibar but made Barca's task easier in the 65th minute when he was sent off for punching the ball away for his second yellow card.

Valverde's team has now equalled a club record by going 31 LaLiga games unbeaten and enjoy a 10-point lead at the summit, at least until Atletico Madrid hosts Athletic Bilbao on Monday (AEDT).

Valverde's team can set a new record when it hosts neighbour Girona next weekend, on the other side of the UEFA Champions League trip to Stamford Bridge.

"Eibar always put you under a lot of pressure, so it was a good test".

"It was a very hard match just as we expected, and we will try and make sure it helps us, although the Champions League is another competition altogether".

January signing Philippe Coutinho had to settle for a place on the bench, but the 25-year-old was introduced by Ernesto Valverde whilst the game was still in the balance.

Coutinho is banned for playing for Barca in the UCL this season, so most were expecting him to start against Eibar. "It is true that we have another match on Tuesday, but for me, the important thing was today (Saturday)".

More news: Buhari In Daura To Commiserate With Extended Family Members
More news: Azubuike stars as No. 13 Kansas rallies past No. 20 WVU
More news: Florida school shooting: Students demand tighter gun controls

Barcelona: Marc-Andre ter Stegen 7 (out of 10), Sergi Roberto 6, Gerard Pique 6, Samuel Umtiti 6, Jordi Alba 7, Sergio Busquets 6, Ivan Rakitic 6, Andres Iniesta 6, Paulinho 6, Lionel Messi 7, Luis Suarez 8.

This has allowed Valverde to field an extra central midfielder, often partnering Sergio Busquets with Croatian global Ivan Rakitic, affording Barca greater stability, control and balance in the middle of the park.

An exquisite through-ball from Lionel Messi gave Suarez the chance to round Marko Dmitrovic and tuck the ball over the line for goal number 17 of the La Liga campaign.

And the islanders were denied a 93rd-minute equaliser when an extremely tight offside call went against them - Alejandro Galvez looked to be level with the last defender before putting the ball in the net.

Deportivo remained in the relegation zone as its winless streak reached nine rounds.

Having experienced some indifferent form following the appointment of Italian Vincenzo Montella as coach in December, Sevilla have now claimed back-to-back league victories since progressing to the Copa del Rey final. Zinedine Zidane's side are at Betis on Sunday.

"When you win games you rest and recover better".

Deportivo La Coruna suffered a second straight defeat under Clarence Seedorf, the Dutch coach's side losing 1-0 at Alaves to a scorching strike from former Barcelona loanee Munir El Haddadi.

Recommended News

  • FBI Was Notified Last Year of Threatening YouTube Comment by 'Nikolas Cruz'

    FBI Was Notified Last Year of Threatening YouTube Comment by 'Nikolas Cruz'

    Jim Gard, a maths teacher at the school, had warned authorities about Cruz, who was expelled for behaviour reasons previous year . He says "they're going to have to get with YouTube about where the comment originated, but I think they already know".
    Adam Rippon didn't get a medal, but he's still a victor

    Adam Rippon didn't get a medal, but he's still a victor

    Sam , a director who was sired by Sally's second ex-husband Alan Greisman, is the youngest of the Norma Rae star's three sons. Here's hoping Sam will get a date when Rippon returns home. "I've gotten a lot of attention I think just for being myself".
    Twins trade for Rays starter Jake Odorizzi

    Twins trade for Rays starter Jake Odorizzi

    Over the past three years, though, he's logged 500 innings with a 3.71 ERA, which is noteworthy in the American League East. Cron from the Angels and designated outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
  • US indicts 13 Russian nationals for election interference

    US indicts 13 Russian nationals for election interference

    Burchik was quoted as saying Saturday that "they have one-sided justice, and it turns out that you can hang the blame on anyone". Mueller's 37-page indictment , released on Friday, revealed the depth of Russian involvement in the USA political process.
    Short cuts Kiwis to size in record chase

    Short cuts Kiwis to size in record chase

    But captain Kane Williamson refused to be too critical of his attack after a run-feast that featured 32 sixes over both innings. They will be the fifth team to do so after South Africa (100), Sri Lanka (103), New Zealand (109) and Pakistan (123).
    Wisconsin laws wouldn't have prevented Florida shooter from buying rifle

    Wisconsin laws wouldn't have prevented Florida shooter from buying rifle

    Chris Murphy, D-Conn., tweeted Wednesday night: "Don't tell me tomorrow isn't the appropriate time to debate gun violence". And let's also protect all these other kids". "Children are dead because of you, and that's a literal truth", he said.
  • Murphy says 'we need action' after fatal school shooting

    Murphy says 'we need action' after fatal school shooting

    Chris Murphy, D-Conn., took to the Senate floor to criticize congressional inaction on gun issues. He recalled watching a television news report about Wednesday's shooting at an airport.
    It's Tax Season, And Everyone Is Getting A Refund

    It's Tax Season, And Everyone Is Getting A Refund

    Rockstar has announced the 2018 San Andreas State Tax Refund and Rebate event, which kicked off in GTA Online yesterday. GTA Online players who log into the game between now and February 26 will be handed some extra cash.
    Hosmer to Sign with Padres on an Eight Year Deal

    Hosmer to Sign with Padres on an Eight Year Deal

    The 28-year-old lefty won both a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger last season while playing in all 162 games. In his seven years with the Royals, Hosmer had 127 homers, 566 RBI and finished with a.284 batting average.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation  says it didn't act on tip about Parkland shooter

    Federal Bureau of Investigation says it didn't act on tip about Parkland shooter

    FBI Director Christopher Wray at a Senate hearing on "Threats to the Homeland" in Washington, D.C., on September 27, 2017. The information was not provided to the Miami Field Office, and no further investigation was conducted at that time.
    John-Henry Krueger Ends Drought For US Speedskaters At Winter Olympics

    John-Henry Krueger Ends Drought For US Speedskaters At Winter Olympics

    I am so proud of it", Choi said. "Physically I am so burned out but inside I am so happy, so proud of my whole country". Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands was penalized for the same reason. "He came to the inside, had his hands in the air".
    Jio Phone Now Available to Buy via Amazon India: Launch Offers Detailed

    Jio Phone Now Available to Buy via Amazon India: Launch Offers Detailed

    Earlier this month, the company had increased the data limit in the Rs. 153 plan and it now offers 1GB data per day. It terms specifications, the single-SIM phone gets a 2.4-inch QVGA display, 2MP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.