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Nov 18, 2017 at 3.15pm UK at ​Estadio Municipal de Butarque (Leganés)
Attendance: 11,454
Leganes
0-3
Barcelona

Siovas (72')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Suarez (28', 60'), Paulinho (90')
Pique (29'), Suarez (53')

Result: Barcelona win at Leganes to extend lead at the top

A Luis Suarez brace and a last-minute Paulinho goal help Barcelona to a 3-0 win over Leganes at Estadio Municipal de Butarque.

Barcelona have extended their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points with a 3-0 win over a spirited Leganes side at Estadio Municipal de Butarque.

A Luis Suarez brace and a last-minute strike from Paulinho saw the Catalan giants claim maximum points, but the match was not as one-sided as the scoreline suggests.

Nordin Amrabat caused the visitors all kinds of problems in the first half, and it was through the former Watford man that they created the game's first meaningful effort in the 20th minute, the striker swerving between Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic before firing wide of the far post.

After struggling for possession in the opening stages, Leganes grew into the game and looked dangerous on the counter, but they fell behind just before the half-hour mark when Paco Alcacer's cross was fumbled into the path of Suarez by Ivan Cuellar, allowing the former Liverpool hitman to scramble the ball over the line.

The hosts were almost level in the 35th minute when Amrabat picked out Alexander Szymanowski on the edge of the box, giving him the time and space to get a shot away, but Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen kept him out at full stretch to maintain his team's advantage.

Barcelona lived dangerously early in the second half, with Leganes threatening an equaliser on more than one occasion, but they extended their lead on the hour mark in similarly scrappy circumstances.

Substitute Aleix Vidal's initial strike was parried by Cuellar, but only as far as Suarez, allowing him to drill home his and Barca's second to give the table-toppers some breathing space.

Leganes looked deflated after the second goal went in, coming undone for the final time in the 90th minute when Lionel Messi's cutback was slid home by Paulinho to cap off the win.

The result leaves Barcelona 11 points clear of bitter rivals Real Madrid ahead of Saturday evening's crucial Madrid derby, and seven ahead of second-placed Valencia in the standings.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CBarcelona38289199297093
2Atletico MadridAtletico382310558223679
3Real Madrid382210694445076
4Valencia38227965382773
5Villarreal38187135750761
6Real Betis38186146061-160
7Sevilla38177144958-958
8Getafe381510134233955
9EibarEibar38149154450-651
10GironaGirona38149155059-951
11Espanyol381213133642-649
12Real Sociedad38147176659749
13Celta Vigo381310155960-149
14AlavesAlaves38152214050-1047
15Levante381113144458-1446
16Athletic Bilbao381013154149-843
17Leganes38127193451-1743
RDeportivo La CorunaDeportivo38611213876-3829
RLas PalmasLas Palmas3857262474-5022
RMalaga3855282461-3720

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