Luis Suarez continued his superb form in front of goal last night with a hat-trick.
Barcelona’s No9 ran riot against Girona with a 6-1 win that also featured a Lionel Messi brace and a trademark long-range effort from Philippe Coutinho.
However, the Uruguayan didn’t have it all his own way.
In the game’s final moments, he made it his mission to get a cheap yellow card, but the referee refused to give in.
Suarez is one booking away from a one-game ban which he was hoping to serve in Barcelona’s next league game against Las Palmas, who are currently in the relegation zone.
Barca’s next league fixture after Las Palmas is against Atletico Madrid, the biggest threat to their title charge.
Jordi Alba also started the game one booking away from a ban and the Spanish left-back managed to convince the referee to give him a booking at the third time of trying so that he’ll return with a clean slate for the Atletico clash..
Suarez was not so lucky however.
He committed three fouls in the space of three minutes, including holding onto an opponent’s leg while he was on the ground, and held the ball for a while at a throw-in in hope of picking up a yellow for time wasting.
But the referee kept his cards in his pocket, perhaps because he was wise to Suarez’s tactics.
Suarez now faces the possibility of being suspended for the Atletico game depending on whether or not he gets booked against Las Palmas.
Ernesto Valverde may even rest his star striker to play it safe.
Should have just taken your shirt off after one of your three goals, Luis.