Suarez was up to his old tricks this evening.

Did Luis Suarez's taunts prompt Pau Lopez's stamp on Lionel Messi?

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This just in - Luis Suarez is a bit of a rascal. OK, so maybe that's not breaking news; the Uruguayan has a reputation for kicking, scratching and chomping his way into trouble, and he was at it again this evening.

Suarez, who failed to get on the scoresheet in Barcelona's 4-1 victory over Espanyol in the Copa del Rey this evening, played an instrumental role in Pape Diop's red card in the second half, goading him into lashing out and earning him his marching orders.

Before that however, Suarez was already at his best (or worst) when he taunted Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez in the first half.

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In the aftermath of Messi's sublime free-kick that gave Barcelona a 2-1 advantage after 45 minutes, Suarez ran in the direction of Lopez and began celebrating the goal, before running away to congratulate his team-mate. Both players were eventually booked.

The pair were going at each other for most of the game, and Lopez certainly seemed to be fired up by the incident with Suarez - but seemingly took it out on Messi.

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Replays showed the irate goalkeeper stamping on the four time Ballon d'Or winner's ankle as they both tried to get to their feet after a missed chance in the second half. You can check out the incident by clicking here.

Aside from the incidents involving Messi and Suarez, the game game had plenty of needle, with Espanyol ending the game with nine men after Hernan Perez joined Diop on the sidelines.

Barcelona's local rivals have it all to do ahead of the second leg next week, while Luis Enrique's side are well on course to defend the title they claimed last season as part of their historic treble?

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