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European round-up: Suárez, Messi score late to save Barcelona against Alavés

• Philippe Coutinho makes first start for Barcelona in 2-1 win
• Dries Mertens scores twice in Napoli’s 3-1 defeat of Bologna

Lionel Messi scored a spectacular free-kick to give Barcelona a come-from-behind 2-1 win over struggling Alavés, keeping the Catalans 11 points clear at the top of La Liga and preserving their unbeaten record in the league.

Alavés were the only team to win at the Camp Nou in the league last season and looked set to overshadow Philippe Coutinho’s first start for Barça when the Sweden striker John Guidetti gave them a shock lead in the 23rd minute, falling over as he lashed the ball past Marc-André ter Stegen.

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