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Luis Suarez criticised on Twitter after terrible miss v Atletico Madrid

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Luis Suarez endured another evening to forget against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey last night after missing a golden opportunity to break the deadlock at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

The Uruguayan striker was heavily criticised on Twitter for his ineffective performance against the reigning La Liga champions, and would probably have been panned even more on social media had Lionel Messi not saved his blushes by converting an 85th minute penalty to give Luis Enrique's side a slender 1-0 advantage heading into the quarter-final second leg.

With just five goals in his first 16 games in all competitions for Barca since returning from his four-month FIFA ban, the former Liverpool talisman has struggled to recapture the sort of form that prompted the Spanish giants to pay £75 million for his services during the summer.

Suarez cut a frustrated figure at the final whistle after another disappointing 90 minutes last night, summed up by his terrible close-range miss midway through the first-half.

Ivan Rakitic played the 27-year-old in with an exquisite chipped pass, but with the goal at his mercy Suarez blazed wildly over the bar - a far cry from the clinical finishing that fans had become accustomed to seeing during his successful spell at Anfield.

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To make matters worse for the floundering forward he was later booked for dissent, to cap a pretty woeful night's work for a player that is yet to fully win over the baying Barcelona crowd.

Supporters of the Catalan club were pretty unforgiving following the poor performance, with some suggesting that Suarez has failed to justify his hefty price-tag while others simply said that he needs to sort out his attitude if he wants to succeed in Spain.

However, crucially the under-fire frontman appears to still have the full backing of the Barcelona board after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu defended the decision to fork out such a large sum of money.

Head coach Enrique was equally supportive and spoke positively about Suarez's contribution in his post-match press conference, reiterating his belief that the goals will start to come on a more regular basis if he keeps doing what he's doing.

"Perhaps he didn't have the fortune to score today but he fixed himself to the centre-backs very well," he explained. "He gave us solutions, he was a danger near the area.

"The goals will come, there are no doubts with him."

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