Spanish champions Barcelona got back to winning ways and moved three points clear at the top of La Liga courtesy of an 8-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday night.
The Catalans entered the match in poor form after three straight defeats in Spain’s top flight, but four goals from Luis Suarez and one each for Ivan Rakitic, Lionel Messi, Marc Bartra and Neymar has seen the leaders move three points clear of second-place Atletico and four clear of third-place Real Madrid.
The win took Barcelona three points clear of Atletico Madrid and four of Real Madrid, who are also in action on Wednesday night.
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique made two changes from the team that lost at home to Valencia on Sunday night, with Dani Alves replacing Sergi Roberto at right-back and Bartra taking the place of suspended centre-back Gerard Pique.
It was otherwise the same XI that took to the field against Los Che, however, with Messi, who grabbed his 500th career goal at the weekend, once again joined by Neymar and Suarez in the final third.
As for Deportivo, Oriol Riera’s equaliser against Sevilla at the weekend earned the Spaniard a starting role in the final third. Cani, Alex Bergantinos and Laure also came into the home side’s XI, with Luis Alberto and Faycal Fajr dropping to the bench.