Barcelona have cruised to victory against Guangzhou Evergrande in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final thanks to a fine hat-trick from Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez.
Without the world-class duo of Neymar and Lionel Messi, all eyes were on Suarez at the Yokohama International Stadium, and he duly delivered.
The former Liverpool striker opened the scoring after 39 minutes, tapping the ball home after Shuai Li failed to hold on to a long-range Ivan Rakitic strike.
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Suarez's second goal was most definitely the standout moment of the game as Spain international Andreas Iniesta produced a brilliant chip assist for Suarez who controlled the ball on his chest and volleyed home emphatically.
The dynamic forward put the game to bed with just over 30 minutes remaining after he converted a penalty following a mistimed tackle on Munir El Haddadi.
Fine second goal
It's certainly not surprising that Suarez has stepped up in the absence of Messi and Neymar. The energetic forward has been absolutely brilliant throughout the course of the season.
In fact, Suarez is the first player to score a hat-trick in the FIFA Club World Cup and he will no doubt fancy himself to add to his tally in the final. As Barcelona go in search of emulating last season's success, Suarez will have yet another huge role to play.
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