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Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic hoping for Real Madrid slip-up in LaLiga title race

Given Madrid's advantage, Barca needed to take all three points in Gran Canaria and goals from Neymar and Luis Suarez got them off to the flying start.

Neymar scored a hat-trick, while Luis Suarez was also on target in their straightforward win at Las Palmas, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Real in their easy win over Sevilla.

Barcelona and Real Madrid, two of the best football clubs in the world, are now sitting tied on points on top of the La Liga table with only a week remaining in the season.

Barcelona, meanwhile, finish the season with a home game against Eibar.

Atletico Madrid drew 1-1 at Real Betis to secure third spot and qualification for the Champions League group stages next season.

"When these players are in their best form they are unstoppable, and when they are together, Messi, Neymar and [Luis] Suarez multiply their effectiveness and no one can stop them".




Back to the game for a minute, Barcelona opened the scoring with a team goal that is archetypal of their playing style. With just one clean sheet and 43 conceded goals in the last 19 matches in LaLiga it's hard to expect that Las Palmas can handle what is arguably the best attack in the world.

"Everyone at the club is in high spirits about exploiting whatever chances we have for the remainder of the season", he said.

The 25-year-old Brazil worldwide greeted countryman Marcelo a happy birthday with a photograph of the two of them posted on Instagram.

Barcelona kept the pressure on despite a series of defensive absences that meant Brazilian 21-year-old Marlon Santos was handed a full debut in the Canary Islands.

Las Palmas scored its lone goal with Pedro Bigas when the score was 2-0 to Barcelona.

Lionel Messi can only be stopped by "snipers from the stands", Quique Setien joked as Las Palmas prepare to host Barcelona.

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