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szdaily -> Sports
Barca wins; Madrid drops points
    2018-January-9  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

LIONEL MESSI and Luis Suarez scored first-half goals in a 3-0 win over Levante on Sunday, restoring Barcelona’s nine-point lead of the Spanish league while it awaits the arrival of Philippe Coutinho.

Messi marked his 400th appearance in La Liga by giving Barcelona the early lead and taking his all-time record in the competition to 365 goals.

Suarez doubled the advantage before halftime and Messi set up Paulinho to round off the win in stoppage time.

Such an emphatic victory comes as Barcelona’s attacking threat is preparing for an additional injection of creativity with the 25-year-old Coutinho.

The Camp Nou is anticipating the incorporation of the Brazil midfielder, who flew to Barcelona on Saturday. Barcelona said Coutinho has yet to meet with his new teammates and coach, although he did make an appearance at the stadium for a photo session after Sunday’s match.

The win took Barcelona’s unbeaten streak to 27 straight matches.

Real Madrid wasted a brace by Gareth Bale as it fell further behind the top three teams after drawing at Celta.

Bale’s two goals in a three-minute span in the first half overturned an opener by Celta’s Daniel Wass.

But they weren’t enough for the win amid an uninspiring performance by Cristiano Ronaldo, and poor defending by Marcelo and the rest of Madrid’s backline.

Celta outplayed Madrid in the second half and its defenders left unmarked striker Maxi Gomez to head in a pass by Wass for an equalizer in the 82nd.

Celta’s Iago Aspas went close to scoring twice, hitting the post early and having a penalty kick saved by Keylor Navas after the goalkeeper had fouled him in the 71st.

The result left Madrid 16 points behind Barcelona, although with a match in hand.

“I have to find out what the problem is,” coach Zinedine Zidane said.

“Sometimes we play 90 minutes well, but it is true that recently we don’t do it regularly. We need to have more confidence in our chances, and recently we don’t have the confidence to play 90 minutes well.” (SD-Agencies)

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