Luis Suarez milks the applause after scoring Barcelona's winning goal against Real Madrid at Camp Nou.
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Luis Suarez hailed his second-half winner against Real Madrid as "the most important goal" of his Barcelona career.
With 55 minutes on the clock and the scoreline locked at 1-1 after Cristiano Ronaldo had cancelled out Jeremy Mathieu’s opener, the Uruguayan trapped a long punt forward by Dani Alves and then arrowed the ball past Iker Casillas to restore Barca’s lead at the Nou Camp.
Luis Enrique’s side went on to dominate the remainder of the game and won 2-1, thus building a four-point advantage at the top of the Primera Division table.
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The strike was Suarez’s 14th in all competitions for Barcelona since he made his Â£75million move from Liverpool last summer.
And the 28-year-old had no doubt this was his most crucial goal for his new club, ranking it above the two he netted against Manchester City in the Champions League last month.
"This is the most important goal I’ve scored for Barca and it has an extra significance because of the rival we were playing against," Suarez told Barcelona’s official television channel.
"I just tried to take advantage of the space between defenders and be as fast as I could so I didn’t give the centre-backs any time to recover. Luckily it went in.
"The dressing room is very happy, we knew this was a really important game if we wanted to stay top of the league and increase our advantage."
Barca coach Luis Enrique sang the striker’s praises after the game.
"We are very happy that he is a being decisive player for us and we are very happy with his attitude and what he brings to this team," he said.
"He brings a lot to the team he is not just a classic centre forward, he also links up with his team-mates. He’s a player that marvellously compliments the squad we have, and that’s why we signed him."