MX23RW : Saturday, January 19 21:21:00
Jan 17, 2016 at 7.30pm UK at ​Camp Nou
Barcelona
6-0
Athletic Bilbao
Messi (7' pen.), Neymar (31'), Suarez (47', 68', 82'), Rakitic (62')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Iraizoz (4')

Result: Luis Suarez scores hat-trick as Barcelona put six past 10-man Athletic Bilbao

Luis Suarez scores a hat-trick as Barcelona extend their unbeaten run to 22 games with a dominant 6-0 win over 10-man Athletic Bilbao in La Liga.

Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Barcelona extended their unbeaten run to 22 games with a dominant 6-0 win over 10-man Athletic Bilbao this evening's La Liga match at Camp Nou.

Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi congratulate each other during the game between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao on January 17, 2016© Getty Images

Barca have not conceded a first-half goal in the league since October, but they were close to doing so today when Gerard Pique's backpass was intercepted by Iker Muniain and turned on to Javier Eraso, whose shot with Claudio Bravo out of his goal went over the top.

The hosts quickly mounted an attack and it resulted in a crucial moment in the match as Suarez was brought down by Gorka Iraizoz after poking it past the Bilbao keeper.

Referee Antonio Mateu pointed to the spot and felt that Suarez would have had a chance to score, so sent off Iraizoz in just the fourth minute. Muniain was sacrificed by Ernesto Valverde so that stand-in keeper Iago Herrerin could come on for the penalty, but he could not keep Lionel Messi out from 12 yards.

Lionel Messi scores from the penalty spot during the game between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao on January 17, 2016© Getty Images

Bilbao went close to equalising when Oscar de Marcos ran through on goal and failed to beat Bravo, but from then on it was all Barca.

Neymar, Suarez and Ivan Rakitic all went close before the former doubled the hosts' lead with a dinked finish after being found in space by Suarez.

Neymar scores during the game between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao on January 17, 2016© Getty Images

Messi twice went close to a third before half time but was then substituted at the break, leaving the door open for Suarez and Neymar to steal the show in the second half.

Neymar provided the third and fourth goals, first exchanging quick passes with Suarez to set up the Uruguayan for a cool finish before getting to the byline and cutting back for Ivan Rakitic to get in on the act.

Ivan Rakitic celebrates scoring during the game between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao on January 17, 2016© Getty Images

Suarez made it five by poking home from close range after an inch-perfect cross from Turan and then completed his hat-trick in the 82nd minute with a thumping header from the centre of the box.

The former Liverpool man now has 29 goals in all competitions this season and only Cristiano Ronaldo (9) and Messi (6) have more La Liga hat-tricks than him since the start of last season.

Barca climb back up to second in the table with a win and they still have a game in hand on leaders Atletico Madrid, whom they trail by two points.

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FC Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates a goal during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs RC Deportivo La Coruna at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on December 12, 2015
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