Jan 22, 2017 at 7.45pm UK at ​Ipurua Municipal Stadium
EibarEibar
0-4
Barcelona

Escalante (26'), Capa (40'), Enrich (44')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Suarez (32'), Messi (50'), Suarez (68'), Neymar (91')
Turan (42')

Result: Barcelona comfortable winners at Ipurua to keep pressure on leaders

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring with Neymar during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Getafe on March 12, 2016
© AFP
Barcelona ease to a 4-0 win over Eibar at Ipurua Municipal Stadium thanks to goals from Denis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

Barcelona have extended their unbeaten run in La Liga to a 12th game by seeing off Eibar 4-0 at Ipurua Municipal Stadium this evening.

The Catalan giants did not look back after taking the lead through Denis Suarez, as they moved back to within one point of Sevilla and two off leaders Real Madrid, who have a game in hand to play.

Front three Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were also on target for Barca in the second half of a straightforward night for Luis Enrique's men, making it four wins on the spin in all competitions as they finally begin to find some momentum.

Three days after picking up a Copa del Rey win over Real Sociedad, Barca were back in the Basque region but this time they took their time to find their rhythm in the compact 5,500-capacity stadium.

Home boss Jose Luis Mendilibar promised that his side would not sit back against the defending league champions, and he was true to his word as Ander Capa was denied by Marc-Andre ter Stegen with seven minutes on the clock.

The high press was working against Barca, who were also dealt a blow early on when Sergio Busquets was forced off the field to be replaced by Denis Suarez - the man who would go on to score the key breakthrough goal later in the half.

Prior to that, Luis Suarez blasted high over the bar when picked out by a scooped Messi pass from deep, while Ter Stegen was required to block attempts from Gonzalo Escalante and dangerman Pedro Leon in quick succession.

It took until the half-hour mark for the Catalan giants to register their first serious attempt of the match - Messi's free kick from 30 yards out being pushed aside by Yoel, whose next involvement in the match was to pick the ball out of the net.

Substitute Suarez was given time and space to blast a first-time shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box - his first senior goal in the Blaugrana strip.

Barcelona had a few good chances to extend their lead prior to the interval, with Neymar getting the ball stuck under his feet when through on goal, Arda Turan chesting into the arms of Yoel when spotted by another sublime Messi ball, and Luis Suarez hitting the post from a one-on-one position.

Eibar's hopes of picking up a first league point against their opponents faded soon into the second half, as Messi swept home on the half-volley after Luis Suarez spotted his run with an inch-perfect cross.

Barca, with a makeshift midfield three due to the absence of Andres Iniesta and Busquets, also had Samuel Umtiti and Jeremy Mathieu paired together in the heart of defence for the first time.

A poor clearance from Umtiti allowed Adrian Gonzalez to try his luck from range, sending a shot down the middle for Ter Stegen to easily keep out.

Following a brief spell of pressure from Los Armeros, Barca made sure of the win thanks to a strike from Luis Suarez after getting the better of Florian Lejeune and tucking the ball home at the near post.

That kept up the visitors' impressive average of scoring three goals a game against Eibar across their five meetings, and there was still time for another to arrive in added time.

Pedro Leon and Escalante both came close at one end, only for Ter Stegen to thwart them, allowing Neymar to pick his spot late on to score his first league goal from open play in 12 outings - another magical night for the 'MSN' triumvirate.

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona takes to the field for the La Liga match between Real Betis and FC Barcelona at Estadio Benito Villamarin on November 10, 2013
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona25176271215057
2Real Madrid24175263253856
3Sevilla25174449292055
4Real Sociedad2615384236648
5Atletico MadridAtletico25137545222346
6Villarreal25119536191742
7EibarEibar2511684133839
8Athletic Bilbao2511593130138
9Espanyol259973533236
10Celta Vigo2410593939035
11AlavesAlaves258982531-633
12Las PalmasLas Palmas2578103539-429
13Valencia2585123543-829
14Real Betis2576122741-1427
15Malaga2568113242-1026
16Leganes2556142040-2021
17Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo2448122740-1320
18Granada2547142453-2919
19Sporting GijonSporting Gijon2545162754-2717
20Osasuna2517172559-3410