Real Madrid came from behind to overwhelm a Luis Suarez-boosted Barcelona en route to a 3-1 Clasico triumph in La Liga.
Luis Enrique made the entry to Barcelona’s team sheet that the eyes of the football world were waiting for as Suarez started, having served his four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.
The Uruguay star enjoyed a dream start to life in a Barcelona shirt as he laid on Neymar’s fourth-minute opener, from which Real hit back ferociously – Karim Benzema passing up a host of chances in quick succession.
Lionel Messi’s customary composure in front of goal deserted him before his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo levelled from the penalty spot before half-time.
That was the first league goal conceded by Barcelona this season but Pepe headed Carlo Ancelotti’s team ahead and there was a party atmosphere at the Santiago Bernabeu when Benzema converted a brilliant 61st-minute counter-attack.
Real close to within a point of their historic foes at La Liga’s summit, while Sevilla can go level with Barca if they beat Villarreal on Sunday.