Barcelona 4-1 Espanyol: Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi star in Catalan derby victory

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi were the stars of the show as Barcelona beat Espanyol 4-1 in the Catalan derby on Sunday evening.

Uruguayan forward Suarez netted twice, getting his first in the 18th minute before firing home a rebounded effort from Messi after some sublime skill.

Messi cut through the visiting defence once again just a minute later to set up Jordi Alba for Barcelona’s third, with David Lopez hitting a fine effort in reply for Espanyol.

But Messi sealed the victory on the stroke of the 90th minute as he linked up with Suarez to score the fourth, which now sees Barcelona move up to second in the table – three points behind rivals and leaders Real Madrid.