Suarez delighted to run riot with Messi and Neymar again
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[September 14, 2016]
By Richard Martin
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Luis Suarez said
he had missed linking up with his insatiable strike partners Neymar
and Lionel Messi after Barcelona's 'MSN' attack scored six goals in
their 7-0 record rout of Celtic on Tuesday.
Messi scored a record sixth European Cup hat-trick while Neymar
became the first player in Champions League history to provide four
assists and score in a game, curling in the third from a free-kick.
Uruguay international Suarez added the final two strikes to complete
Barca's biggest ever European Cup win and Celtic's worst defeat in
"It's ages since the three of us were able to play together from the
off – we've missed that ability to enjoy ourselves," Suarez told
reporters on Tuesday.
Suarez and Messi started Saturday's shock defeat to Alaves on the
bench, while Neymar missed the start of the season due to his
participation in the Olympics, where he fired Brazil to a first ever
Gold medal in soccer.
The three South Americans lined up together against Celtic for the
first time since last season's King's Cup final.
As Neymar teed Messi up to smash home the opening goal after three
minutes and laid on the pass for the Argentine's second strike later
in the first half, however, there was no sign the feted trio had
lost any of their almost telepathic understanding.
"The summer break, the Olympics and then Neymar's holidays got in
the way. Today we really enjoyed being back in tandem," added
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi (R) celebrates his first goal with team
mates Luis Suarez (L) and Neymar. REUTERS/Albert Gea
Messi's hat-trick was his 40th professional treble in club and
international football, while his sixth European Cup treble saw him
move ahead of Real Madrid greats Alfredo di Stefano and Ferenc
Barca captain Andres Iniesta, who lashed home Barca's fourth on the
volley following another precise cross from Neymar, also paid
tribute to Barca's deadly trident.
"They are the three players in the world who are the best in their
position and one of them is unique," he said.
"Leo just keeps proving that in football terms he's unique. As a
team we play and work to make sure the three of them are happy, that
they get chances. All we can hope is that they keep scoring like
(Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)
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