#Suarez treble spurs Barca to big win
Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as #Barcelona came from behind in the absence of the injured Lionel Messi to beat Basque minnows #Eibar 3-1.
Victory takes Barca level with #RealMadrid on 21 points, but Los Blancos remain on top thanks to their superior goal difference.
Atletico Madrid moved up to third, two points behind the leaders, thanks to goals from Jackson Martinez and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco in a 2-1 win over Valencia.
The on-form Borja Baston fired Eibar into a shock lead just 10 minutes in at the Camp Nou, but Suarez restored parity with a bullet header and then put Barca in front just after the break.
Eibar were handed a lifeline when Javier Mascherano saw a straight red card for protesting with the referee seven minutes from time.
But Suarez promptly sealed his hat-trick and a vital three points with another fine finish from Neymar’s pass to celebrate a year since he made his Barca debut.
“You celebrate wins like this in a different way. It is special because I made my debut a year ago,” Suarez told Canal Plus.
“We went behind again, which complicated the game and it is something we have to start looking at.”
At the Vicente Calderon, Atletico produced arguably their best display of the season to see of an underwhelming Valencia to keep themselves in touch with the big two.
Martinez took advantage of some atrocious defending from the visitors to slot home his second goal in as many games just after the half hour mark.
Carrasco had far more to do when he doubled the advantage nine minutes later with a brilliant solo run from the halfway line before arrowing a low drive into the bottom corner.
Atletico should have been out of sight at the break as Martinez also had a one-on-one saved by Jaume Domenech and Diego Godin’s powerful header was cleared off the line by Jose Luis Gaya.
However, the hosts had to endure a nervy finish when Godin stupidly upended Shkodran Mustafi inside the area 18 minutes from time and Paco Alcacer converted from the spot.
Real Sociedad eased the pressure on former Manchester United manager David Moyes as the Basques thrashed Levante 4-0 on Sunday to move three points clear of the relegation zone.
Former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela opened and rounded off the scoring either side of goals from Imanol Agirretxe and Asier Illaramendi.
Villarreal’s dip in form continued as their winless run stretched to three games in a disappointing 0-0 draw at Las Palmas.