Own goals help Barcelona win 3-0 at Girona to increase lead

Own goals help Barcelona win 3-0 at Girona to increase lead

Own goals help Barcelona win 3-0 at Girona to increase lead

The Uruguayan sealed a comfortable 3-0 victory over Catalan rivals Girona with a clinical finish late on to reach a remarkable tally of 87 goals in his century of league games.

Catalonia's pro-separatist president Carles Puigdemont was in attendance, whilst the pro-independence Estelada flag was waved by sections of both supports.

Earlier, Diego Costa was an interested spectator as Atletico Madrid leapfrogged Sevilla into second thanks to goals from Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann in a 2-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Barcelona's Luis Suarez and Aleix Vidal helped provoke a second goal three minutes after halftime, when Suarez deftly let Vidal's unsafe short pass go through his legs, hit surprised goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz and turned into the net.

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On the field, there was much less controversy as Barca were rarely troubled after Aday Benitez turned Jordi Alba's wayward shot into his own net after just 17 minutes.

Suarez rounded off Barcelona's victory in the 69th when he was left all alone to take Sergi Roberto's lobbed pass and beat Iraizoz. They remain unbeaten with four wins and two draws after six games.

An own goal either side of the break and a Luis Suarez strike in his 100th league appearance for the club 21 minutes from the end were enough for Ernesto Valverde's team to secure the points in the first-ever league meeting between the sides.

"The coach is managing the squad to perfection, we are all getting a chance to play", Alba told Movistar.

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It was a second goal in six matches for Suarez, who missed two matches because of a right knee injury.

But Ceballos put Madrid back in charge before halftime when he fired in a ball that goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco spilled when he collided with a teammate while defending a cross.

Atletico reached a deal with Chelsea this week for Costa to return to his former club.

"There was pressure on us given the results in the other games and the atmosphere here today", Valverde said.

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