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FC Barcelona News: 18 January 2016; Barca Hammer Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona B Move Out of Relegation Zone

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Suárez hat-trick paces FC Barcelona in 6–0 rout of Athletic Club Bilbao | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez scored three goals in the second half as FC Barcelona routed ten-man Athletic Club Bilbao 6–0 on Sunday night at Camp Nou. Lionel Messi, Neymar and Ivan Rakitic also scored in the goal glut following a 4th minute expulsion to Athletic Club goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz that put the Basques in a hole from which they had little chance of escaping.

Luis Suárez: "We knew how to take advantage" | FC Barcelona
Luis Suarez, whose hat-trick in Sunday night’s 6-0 win over Athletic Club makes him the top scorer in La Liga with 18 league goals, wasn’t looking for individual praise. "I am happy with the goals, but the most important thing is to win," he said. "We took advantage of the opportunities that came after the early expulsion."

Luis Enrique: We did what we had to | FC Barcelona
There was little for Luis Enrique to say after his team, FC Barcelona, vanquished Athletic Club Bilbao 6–0 at Camp Nou on Sunday night. After the Basques went down to ten men before the five-minute mark, it was only a question of whether the Catalans would do their job.

Lionel Messi has 'small' strain while Jordi Alba out 10 days - ESPN FC
Barcelona star Lionel Messi picked up a "small strain" against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday while Jordi Alba has been ruled out for 10 days with a hamstring injury. Manager Luis Enrique sought to ease concerns about Messi's health by insisting he took the Argentina star off at half-time only as a precaution.

Lionel Messi presents his fifth FIFA Ballon d’Or to the fans at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
The Camp Nou crowd rise to their feet to acclaim the man himself with a giant flag bearing the world 'Congratulations Messi' - in homage to Lionel Messi, the best player in the world and his fifth Ballon d’Or award recently claimed in Zurich, Switzerland.

Barcelona Feature: Messi scare has Barca fans panicking but Suarez shows there's life without Leo -
The Camp Nou was in party mood Sunday. Before kickoff against Athletic Club, Lionel Messi showed off his fifth Ballon d'Or to the Barcelona fans and was soon on the scoresheet too. But the alarm bells rang as he failed to emerge in the second half. Instead of Messi keping the party going, Luis Suarez stole the limelight.

Luis Suarez: My conscience is clear -
Barcelona forward Luis Suarez says his "conscience is clear" despite suffering a two-game ban in the Copa del Rey. According to the referee's report, Suarez insulted Espanyol players and provoked a confrontation in the tunnel after Barcelona's 4-1 win in the first leg of their Copa del Rey round of 16 meeting.

The penalty and red card rule should be changed - Barca president | FourFourTwo
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has called for the penalty and expulsion rule to be removed from football because it ruins the spectacle. Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz was sent off just four minutes into the club's clash with Barcelona after bringing down Luis Suarez in the box.

This week's schedule with trips to Athletic and Málaga | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have two away trips this week. The first is in the Copa del Rey, to San Mamés (Bilbao) and then they go to La Rosaleda (Málaga) for a league match at the weekend.

Barcelona wanted Sergio Aguero before Luis Suarez transfer - ESPN FC
Luis Suarez was not Barcelona's "first choice" when they signed the striker in 2014, the club's former sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has told Marca. Suarez, 28, joined Barcelona from Liverpool for £65 million after the 2014 World Cup, but the Spanish giants had initially set their sights on Manchester City's Sergio Aguero.

Rival Watch: Big wins for the top three in La Liga and Arsenal held to draw at Stoke | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 6-0 on Sunday night, but Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid had also recorded healthy wins earlier on in the day, meaning the top three positions in La Liga remain the same. Atlético took 17 minutes to break the deadlock in Las Palmas through Filipe Luis, and Griezmann added a couple more after the break to make it 3-0. The result ensures that the red-and-whites stay two points clear of Barça, although the Catalans still have a game in hand.

The creator of ‘Captain Tsubasa’ Yoichi Takahasi comes to Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
The creator of the cartoon ‘Captain Tsubasa’, Yoichi Takahashi, was a guest of the Club for the FC Barcelona-Athletic Club game on Sunday at Camp Nou. The Japanese artist was welcomed by the president Josep Maria Bartomeu before the game in the President Suñol suite, together with a delegation from Japan that included the well-known singer Naotaro Moriyama.

Pobla Mafumet v Barça B: Romera brace seals win (0-2) | FC Barcelona
Gerard López’s team threatened from the beginning with Dongou and Xemi testing the opposition keeper’s gloves. It would not be long before Barça’s intensity paid off, as Romera’s perseverance saw him capitalise on a defensive mix up by the home side, to give his side the lead and open his personal account for the club on 26 minutes.

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