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second goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and
Real Madrid at Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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BARCELONA---Luis Suarez scored the
winning goal to give Barcelona a 2-1
win over title rival Real Madrid at
Camp Nou yesterday and extend its
Spanish league lead to four points.
Lionel Messi curled in a perfect free
kick for Jeremy Mathieu to head in
Barcelona s opener in the 19th minute
of a first half otherwise dominated by
Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who
had hit the woodwork before
Barcelona s goal, leveled from Karim
Benzema s superb backheel pass in the
31st---shortly after Neymar had missed
a great chance to double the host s
But Suarez finally broke free from
Madrid s defense to restore Barcelona s
lead in the 56th, and Messi and Neymar
both went close to adding goals in a
second half dictated by the Catalan side.
Barcelona opened up a four-point
gap over Madrid with another 10
rounds remaining to decide the league
"We played well for the first hour,
but the last half hour was terrible,"
Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said. "It
is a blow. Barcelona has an advantage,
but we won t give up."
While Ronaldo and Benzema out-
played their counterparts in the first
half, the hosts never looked back after
Suarez scored his 14th and by far most
important goal since joining Barcelona
from Liverpool this summer.
The rest of the way Madrid was on
its heels and was fortunate Messi and
Neymar were missing their finishing
There were no surprises in the start-
ing lineups. Javier Mascherano was in
Barcelona s midfield for Sergio Bus-
quets, who stayed on the bench until
late. That let Mathieu start in defense,
and he responded in fine fashion with
Benzema started his excellent per-
formance when he almost caught
Barcelona waiting for an offsides call
that never came as he spotted Ronaldo
asking for a cross. Ronaldo s volley from
a tight angle rattled the upright, and
was a warning of what was to come.
Barcelona continually went at
Madrid right back Dani Carvajal
through Neymar, but the Brazil striker
had several miscues in his passing.
Messi, meanwhile, wasn t much more
effective on the right side of Barcelona s
attack, and Suarez was kept in check
by the more physical Pepe.
Messi did succeed in assisting on
Barcelona s opener when he curled in
a free kick for Mathieu to head past
goalie Iker Casillas before Sergio Ramos
could recover his position.
But Madrid never blinked and soon
turned the flow of the match back in
its favor. Ronaldo leveled on an attack
after Neymar wasted a great oppor-
tunity when he redirected Suarez s hard
strike into Casillas arms.
scored a stunning brace yesterday as
third-place Feyenoord beat Eredivisie
leader PSV 2-1 to cut the Eindhoven
club s lead over Ajax to eight points.
Ajax struggled to a 1-0 victory over
ADO The Hague to keep pressure on
Achahbar scored first in the 59th
minute with a sweetly struck volley,
allowing a long pass to fall over his
shoulder and smashing the ball into
the far corner.
His second was another left-foot
volley four minutes later. This time he
controlled the ball on his chest before
firing into the same corner.
Achahbar, who scored a late winner
as a substitute last week and was
rewarded with a place in the starting
lineup against PSV, said he thought his
first goal was the best.
"I saw the ball coming and knew
exactly what I wanted to do with it,"
he said. "It s fantastic it flew in like
Memphis Depay scored PSV s goal
in the 68th to take his season s tally to
a league-leading 17.
In Amsterdam, defending champion
Ajax looked like it might not take
advantage of PSV s stumble until mid-
fielder Davy Klaassen s glancing header
deflected off ADO striker Xander
Houtkoop and into the net to break the
deadlock in the 80th.
Feyenoord edges leader PSV 2-1
Suarez scores as
Barca edges Madrid
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