Barcelona retain La Liga lead but Real keep pace

Luis Suarez

Barcelona retained top spot in La Liga as Luis Suarez scored twice to secure victory in the derby against Espanyol.

After Real Madrid moved three points ahead by beating Valencia earlier on Saturday, Barcelona’s title bid looked to be faltering in a nervy first half.

But Jose Manuel Jurado’s reckless 50th-minute backpass found Suarez, who fired low under keeper Diego Lopez.