Las Palmas 1 Barcelona 4: Neymar Hat-Trick Keeps Pressure On Madrid

Neymar at Barcelona

Real were also 4-1 winners on Sunday as they beat Sevilla at home, with Cristiano Ronaldo grabbing two, and Nacho and Toni Kroos the others.

Yet Madrid, who are also on 84 points, have a game in hand and will win a first title in five years if they take seven points from their remaining three fixtures.

Madrid, though, are brimming with confidence after withstanding an Atletico Madrid onslaught to reach their third Champions League final in four years on Wednesday.

He told Movistar: 'They have two very hard games against two teams, Celta and Malaga, who we have lost against this season.

In his post-match interview with Movistar+, Suarez said: "We did our job which was to win our game".

"We wanted to have a strong run of form going into the last part of the season and we can not afford to lose a single game".

Since Setien announced he was leaving at the end of the season in March, the Canary Islanders' form has slumped with just one win in eight games.

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In his pre-match press conference, he said: "We will use the system which will give us the biggest advantage, we do not lineup according to the setup of the opponent".

And they finally got back in the game through Jovetic's neat finish from outside the box three minutes into the second-half.

However, any fears that Barcelona might drop a point were banished when Neymar scored two goals in quick succession.

The 25-year-old Brazil global greeted countryman Marcelo a happy birthday with a photograph of the two of them posted on Instagram.

Neymar broke the deadlock for Luis Enrique's side after 25 minutes, slotting home from close range after being teed up by Luis Suarez.

Back to the game for a minute, Barcelona opened the scoring with a team goal that is archetypal of their playing style.

Barcelona assistant coach Juan Carlos Unzue has been all but ruled out for the top job at Camp Nou after a training ground row with Neymar this week, Goal understands.

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