Messi and Suarez fuel Barca comeback win, Atletico beat Las Palmas

Coutinho played the final 22 minutes against Espanyol

Ernesto Valverde's side were forced to come from a goal down after John Guidetti's fortunate opener, but Suarez scored for the eighth game in a row to haul them level and a trademark Messi free-kick snatched the points late on.

Philippe Coutinho made his first start for Barcelona on Sunday night in a 2-1 win over Alaves in the Camp Nou.

Messi secured the points for the La Liga leaders with a sublime free-kick.

Atletico Madrid overcame the absence of injured striker Diego Costa to beat Las Palmas 3-0 while Sevilla were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Getafe due to a controversial equaliser in injury time.

The Brazilian was impressive off the bench in the midweek 2-1 Catalan derby victory, with fans taking to social media to sing his praises - suggesting that it looked like he had been at Barcelona all his life.

"They [players] are not machines who can just go into a new factory and start to work immediately, but I saw him doing well, involved in the play, wanting the ball", said Valverde when asked about the Brazil playmaker's performance.

"Yes no doubts about it - it's a hard period of time in the season", the Spaniard said.




"They had a great tie against Valencia and Abelardo has revitalised them".

Messi is said to have urged Valverde to replace Nelson Semedo and Lucas Digne with Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba.

Though Barcelona's lethal Uruguayan equalised in the 72nd minute.

"The truth is that we have good players who play in the interior role, but Iniesta is a master at that", said Barca's coach after guiding his side to a record-equalling 21-game unbeaten start to the top-flight campaign.

However, the Catalan giants showed some real urgency in the second half and it clearly seemed that they will do anything to overturn the one-goal deficit.

Superstars Suarez and Messi became the first Barcelona duo to score in five consecutive games, while the former's strike extended his personal streak of eight successive La Liga games with his name on the scoresheet.

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