Luis Suarez appeared to call handball against Semedo during Real Betis 1-4 Barcelona

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Barcelona tightened their grip on the La Liga title race on Sunday evening with a routine 4-1 victory over Real Betis.

A hat-trick from Lionel Messi - who else? - sealed all three points for the Blaugrana, with Luis Suarez grabbing the other goal.

Messi's treble has inevitably dominated headlines since, but Suarez deserves huge credit for the role he played.

The 32-year-old grabbed his 18th league goal of the season and produced a sensational back-heeled assist to set up Messi for his second of the game.

Catalan newspaper Marca were full of praise for Suarez as they described him as "not the prettiest player to watch" but "very effective".

"The Uruguayan has once again showed that there surely can't be anybody who suggests that he is merely a goalscorer," they wrote.

"Real Betis played host and witness to a performance straight out of the top drawer from the former Ajax forward as he left the Andalusian defence in a real mess on Sunday evening.

"He may have scored just one solitary goal in the 4-1 victory, but his assists and creativity made life infinitely easier for Lionel Messi, yet the Argentine will inevitably take all the plaudits.

"Suarez isn't always the prettiest player to watch but he's very effective, and that's exactly how he played on Sunday evening at the Estadio Benito Villamarin."


Suarez was substituted late on against Betis due to injury and it's since been confirmed he sprained his ankle. He will miss 10-15 days.

Luckily for Barcelona, the Uruguay international is expected to return to play Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-finals next month.

Despite recently turning 32, Suarez remains a very tricky opponent who is capable of producing special moments.

He's also very mischievous and he appeared to call for handball against his own teammate, Semedo, during the Betis game.

In the video below, Semedo handles the ball and then loses possession, at which point Suarez raises his hand screaming for a foul. Strange.

Suarez's plea for handball didn't go unnoticed and football fans found it hilarious that he called for handball against one of his own.

A few people have claimed Suarez was actually appealing against Marc Bartra, but it's hard to tell from the video why that would have been the case.

Sport's explanation sounds more reasonable and, if anything, makes it even funnier.

Nelson Semedo
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