Luis Suarez scores first Barcelona goal
Luis Suarez finally registered his first Barcelona goal since a club record move from Liverpool in July with a brilliant solo effort to open the scoring away to APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Nicosia: Luis Suarez finally registered his first Barcelona goal since a club record move from Liverpool in July with a brilliant solo effort to open the scoring away to APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League on Tuesday.
The Uruguayan turned his marker on the edge of the area before firing a low finish across Urko Pardo to break his duck on his fifth appearance for the Catalan giants on 27 minutes.
Suarez had to wait until October 25 to make his debut in a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid as he served a four-month suspension for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chielini at the World Cup.
Despite a controversy plagued three years in England, the 27-year-old earned his dream move to Barca after a stunning 31-goal season dragged Liverpool to the verge of their first Premier League title in 24 years and saw him crowned Premier League Player of the Year.
Suarez admitted to his debut at the Santiago Bernabeu being a "bittersweet" experience as Barca suffered their first league defeat of the season to Madrid despite Suarez setting up Neymar for an early opener.
Worse was to come as Enrique`s men then suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Celta Vigo on Suarez`s home debut a week later.
However, his fortunes in a Barca shirt began to turn with an inspired display as a second-half substitute against Almeria with two assists as the visitors came from a goal down to win 2-1.
And he made it four assists in as many games with a lovely run and cross from Ivan Rakitic`s goal in the 5-1 thrashing of Sevilla on Saturday.
Despite being unable to find the net for Barca until his strike on Tuesday, Suarez had still been on fine scoring form for Uruguay in recent friendlies with three goals in two games against Oman and Costa Rica.