Barcelona’s unbeaten record in La Liga had a serious wobble on Sunday night as Alaves gave Ernesto Valverde’s side a tough old test at Camp Nou.
John Guidetti put the visitors ahead and Barca huffed and puffed before finally breaking the deadlock.
New signing Philippe Coutinho started and was then taken off, and it was down to Andres Iniesta to spark Barca back into life with 72 minutes gone.
The skipper did so in some style too with a great run down the left before crossing for Suarez to finish. In doing so Iniesta made sure he is the ONLY player to have contributed a La Liga assist in the last 15 seasons.
15 - Andres Iniesta is the only player to provide an assist in La Liga in each of the last 15 seasons (69 in total). Eternal. pic.twitter.com/KSAQ3prdBH— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 28, 2018
Suarez’s goal also means he has now scored in his last eight La Liga games - and no other player in Europe’s top five leagues has managed such a run yet this season.
8 - Luis Suárez is the first player to score in eight games in a row in the top five European leagues this season (11 goals). Infallible. pic.twitter.com/pAv5GAESe8— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 28, 2018
Barca still needed more to take home all three points and it duly arrived from the left foot of Lionel Messi as he swept home a delicious free kick. And of course, being Messi, it meant another landmark (or two) for the little genius.
21 - Lionel Messi has scored 21 direct free-kick goals in La Liga, more than any other player since at least 2003/04 (Cristiano Ronaldo, 20). Magic. pic.twitter.com/5INzUggstM— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 28, 2018
It was a tough night for Barca, but when it came down to it their senior players stood up and delivered the goods and yet another three points.