Suarez doubles as Barca beat Valencia to move 4th in La Liga

La Liga By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 14/09/2019

Luis Suarez struck twice as Barcelona thrashed Valencia 5-2 at Camp Nou on Saturday night to climb to fourth place in La Liga table.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was still without Lionel Messi through injury, but he sprung a surprise with his starting XI, handing Ansu Fati his first start for the club in the attack:

The 16-year-old slammed home Frenkie de Jong's cutback inside two minutes to give the hosts the perfect start and then teed up the Dutchman for Barca's second five minutes later.

Yet Valencia hit back on 28 minutes through Kevin Gameiro as the French striker latched on to a pass by Rodrigo Moreno and finished clinically past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Barcelona restored their two-goal advantage early in the second-half following a mistake by their former goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen. The Dutchman spilled a shot by Antoine Griezmann, allowing Gerard Pique to tap home from close range.

Luis Suarez replaced Fati on the hour and added Barcelona's fourth minutes later. The Uruguayan grabbed his second late on before Maxi Gomez poked home a consolation for Valencia in stoppage time.