Messi, however, will have to wait for several weeks to prove his qualities on the field, having sustained a fractured arm during Barcelona's 4-2 victory over Sevilla on Saturday.
The playmaker scored the team's second goal with a shot from outside the area in the 12th.
However, coach Ernesto Valverde isn't the only one with injury headaches, as counterpart Luciano Spalletti will be facing an anxious week or so after the Derby della Madonnina on Sunday night took its toll on his players.
"He's a big miss and it means we can go head to head [with Leo gone] because we have the qualities needed to take them on".
Valverde is under no illusions about the challenges ahead without his talisman but suggested Messi's absence may allow other players to step up.
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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed gave credit to his bowlers and Hafeez-Babar for their crucial partnership. Fast bowlers Billy Stanlake (3-21) and Andrew Tye (3-24) were the main wicket-takers for Australia .
Julen Lopetegui's future as Real Madrid coach is very much in doubt after his side continued their terrible run of form with a 2-1 defeat at home to Levante.
Barca fans had chanted, "don't touch the badge" before kick-off after president Josep Maria Bartomeu had announced plans to change the club crest had been shelved.
Messi doubled the advantage, racing clear on the counter-attack before jinking inside and curling into the bottom corner with his left foot.
"He did enough didn't he?"
It is normal and understandable that Barcelona would create opportunities when playing at home against Pablo Machin's men. Suarez buried the penalty.
In between all of that, Marc-Andre ter Stegen made two outstanding double saves to ensure Sevilla did not get themselves back into the game.