Luis Suarez scored his first Primera Division goal and Lionel Messi hit a late double as Barcelona rounded off a difficult 2014 by thrashing Cordoba 5-0.
Pedro got Barcelona off to a dream start by netting in the second minute and then provided the pass for Suarez to double the lead early in the second half, with Gerard Pique and Messi scoring the final goals all in the last ten minutes. The Catalans are now one point behind league leaders Real Madrid, but have played one game more than Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who won the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2014 after a 2-0 win over San Lorenzo in the final in Marrakech.
Paco Alcacer scored his first league goal in nine matches as Valencia recorded a 1-0 victory to collect all three points at Eibar. The Spain international walked the ball into the net with half an hour gone and the goal proved enough to see off the Basques and give Nuno’s side a second straight win in the league, taking Los Che above Sevilla and up to fourth spot.
David Moyes was denied his maiden away win as Real Sociedad boss and the club’s first in the league since April as they drew 1-1 at Levante after conceding a stoppage-time penalty. Sociedad led from the 48th minute when Sergio Canales converted from Xabi Prieto’s cross, but they missed out on all three points thanks to Andreas Ivanschitz’s spot-kick in the 92nd minute following a handball by Carlos Martinez.
In Saturday night’s late game, a Sergio Garcia brace helped Espanyol record a 3-1 victory away to Rayo Vallecano. Lucas Vazquez netted between captain Sergio Garcia’s efforts, while Leo Baptistao was on target for the hosts. The victory moves Espanyol into the top ten, level on points with Celta Vigo and Eibar, while Vallecano sit three points further back in 12th.