Suarez delighted to run riot with Messi and Neymar again

Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:14am EDT
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By Richard Martin

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Luis Suarez said he had missed linking up with his insatiable strike partners Neymar and Lionel Messi after Barcelona's 'MSN' attack scored six goals in their 7-0 record rout of Celtic on Tuesday.

Messi scored a record sixth European Cup hat-trick while Neymar became the first player in Champions League history to provide four assists and score in a game, curling in the third from a free-kick.

Uruguay international Suarez added the final two strikes to complete Barca's biggest ever European Cup win and Celtic's worst defeat in the competition.

"It's ages since the three of us were able to play together from the off – we've missed that ability to enjoy ourselves," Suarez told reporters on Tuesday.

Suarez and Messi started Saturday's shock defeat to Alaves on the bench, while Neymar missed the start of the season due to his participation in the Olympics, where he fired Brazil to a first ever Gold medal in soccer.

The three South Americans lined up together against Celtic for the first time since last season's King's Cup final.

As Neymar teed Messi up to smash home the opening goal after three minutes and laid on the pass for the Argentine's second strike later in the first half, however, there was no sign the feted trio had lost any of their almost telepathic understanding.

"The summer break, the Olympics and then Neymar's holidays got in the way. Today we really enjoyed being back in tandem," added Suarez.   Continued...

Football Soccer - Barcelona v Espanyol - Spanish Liga BBVA - Camp Nou stadium, Barcelona, Spain - 8/05/16 Barcelona's Lionel Messi (R) celebrates his first goal with team mates Luis Suarez (L) and Neymar. REUTERS/Albert Gea