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FC Barcelona News: 16 April 2015; Luis Suarez Steals Show in Barcelona Win, Gerard Pique Reaches Milestone

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Paris Saint-Germain v FC Barcelona: Magnifique! (1-3) | FC Barcelona
Barça unleashed all their class in the French capital on Tuesday evening to inflict a more than convincing 3-1 defeat on Paris Saint-Germain. In a wonderful performance all round for Luis Enrique’s team it was hard for any single player to stand out, but with two brilliant solo goals, Luis Suárez managed to do just that.

Suárez hits headlines for display against Paris Saint-Germain | FC Barcelona
Barça’s impressive 3-1 win at the Parc des Princes in the Champions League quarter final first leg will best be remembered for two outstanding goals by Luis Suárez. In Catalonia and in the striker’s home country of Uruguay, the press was glowing with praise for his stunning performance in the French capital.

FC Barcelona end PSG's unbeaten run in Paris | FC Barcelona
The 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain was the ninth victory for Barça in the current edition of the Champions League and the seventh in a row.Barça thus brought an end to PSG’s record of not having lost a European fixture at the Parc des Princes since November 2006. The French side had gone for 33 games without defeat in Paris, a record of 22 wins and 11 draws.

Players aware that there's still another leg to play | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona players were naturally delighted with the 3-1 win at PSG, and Luis Suárez, scorer of two spectacular goals, said after the final whistle that "we were intelligent. We knew that it’s never easy against such a strong opponent. And we knew how strong PSG are in their stadium and that we’d need to play with intensity. And that’s what we did."

Marc Bartra still wary of PSG comeback threat | FC Barcelona
Marc Bartra was naturally overjoyed with the 3-1 win at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night. "It was a very good result because it’s never easy to win away in Europe" he said. But despite the convincing display, the defender doesn’t think the team should be resting on its laurels. "The return leg will be very difficult" he pointed out.

Luis Enrique delighted with 'spectacular' all-round performance | FC Barcelona
Barça won 3-1 at the Parc des Princes and are on fine course for a place in the Champions League semi-finals. But Luis Enrique insists that "we have seen everything in football and our target is to win the return match and steer clear of any problems … We played a spectacular game in attack and defence. We were very aware of what we had to do in all phases of the game and created danger, were solid in defence and all-round it was a very complete performance."

Five talking points from the victory in Paris | FC Barcelona
Montoya, in place of Alves. Luis Enrique finally picked Martín Montoya as a stand-in for the suspended Dani Alves. The right back played 77 minutes of his eleventh game of the season and performed solidly. With the score at 3-0, he was substituted by Adriano.

Luis Suarez's 'last resort' approach to goal lifts Barcelona to big win in Paris | Sid Lowe | ESPN
Luis Suarez didn't plan to nutmeg David Luiz, not the first time and not the second time either, but that's what he did and deliberately so. From the right, from the middle and right through the middle; of the Brazilian's legs, that is. The neatest of touches and he was out on the other side, defender left behind and left looking pretty daft, too. Then came the finish: Suarez scored Barcelona's 1,000th and 1,001st goals in European football, his fifth and sixth in six Champions League games this season, to put them on course for the semifinal.

Suarez and Neymar take burden off Messi -
Barca has so often relied upon Messi in recent years - especially in the big games and particularly in Europe. But at the Parc des Princes in their first-leg game against Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar and Luis Suarez showed they are ready to provide a helping hand with important goals too when it matters most.

Gerard Piqué makes 300th appearance for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué is the latest Barça player to make it to 300 official appearances. In Paris he reached the same landmark figure as Sergio, Pedro and Dani Alves before him this season. In this time he has scored 26 goals, quite an achievement for a centre back.

FC Barcelona to take part in this summer’s 2015 International Champions Cup | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, FC Porto, Club América, ACF Fiorentina, New York Red Bulls, Los Angeles Galaxy and San José Earthquakes are the ten teams that will be playing in the 2015 International Champions Cup in North America from July 11 to August 5, which features a total of 17 games that will be screened in more than 160 countries around the world.

Al Saad Ready Seven-Year Deal For Barcelona’s Xavi | insidefutbol
Barcelona legend Xavi has been offered a seven-year contract by Qatari outfit Al Sadd.

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