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Luis Suárez finds range at Barcelona to enhance trident’s cutting edge

Uruguayan’s partnership with Lionel Messi and Neymar is beginning to bear fruit with goals as well as assists

There was a minute to go at the end of Barcelona’s victory over Atlético Madrid last Sunday and Luis Suárez’s number was up. As he made his way to the touchline the Camp Nou rose to grant him a standing ovation. Barcelona were winning 3-1, their crisis contained for now at least, and Suárez had scored one goal and been involved in the other two, finished by Neymar and Leo Messi. A cathartic victory for the club after a week of crisis carried a personal significance too: this was recognition for the Uruguayan’s first great night.

When the third goal had gone in Messi, Neymar and Suárez joined arms and celebrated together, running towards the corner. The photograph was everywhere the following day, the kind of picture they had hoped would define Barcelona this season but until then largely had not. It was a picture that carried particular significance for Suárez, almost as if it marked his definitive arrival.

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