Suarez finally scores, Messi nets 2 in Barca win


By Joseph Wilson ,AP

BARCELONA, Spain — Luis Suarez’s long wait for a goal in the Spanish league finally ended when he added to Lionel Messi’s brace to give Barcelona a 5-0 win over Cordoba on Saturday.

After putting Barcelona ahead two minutes in at Camp Nou, Pedro Rodriguez passed in the 53rd for Suarez to net his first goal in eight league matches following his four-month biting ban. Suarez had scored twice in the Champions League.

Gerard Pique headed in Barcelona’s third in the 80th before Messi struck his team-leading 14th and 15th league goals of the season.

��I was able to score and that leaves me at peace,�� Suarez said. ��I am a striker and I have to score goals, but I am helping the team win games. That’s why I don’t obsess about it.��

Barcelona pulled to within one point of Real Madrid, which won’t play its game against Sevilla from this round until Feb. 4 due to its appearance in the Club World Cup final in Morocco. Madrid won the final 2-0 over Argentine side San Lorenzo.

Elsewhere in Spain, Valencia climbed into provisional fourth place with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Eibar, while Levante midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz converted an injury-time penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw at home with Real Sociedad.

Sergio Garcia also scored two goals and set up another to lead 10-man Espanyol 3-1 at Rayo Vallecano, leaving Sociedad as the only team yet to win on the road this season.

Cordoba offered little resistance to Barcelona as the strugglers remained 19th out of 20, and coach Miroslav Djukic gave a scathing review of his players’ effort.

��We came here to ask the Barcelona players for their shirts. I feel ashamed,�� Djukic said. ��We were asking for autographs and shirts with photos before the game. To win here, you have to have pride.��