Barca tops La Liga, beating Real 4-0
LUIS Suarez and Neymar continued their sensational goalscoring form as Barcelona moved six points clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga, with a 4-0 thrashing of their bitter rivals at the Bernabeu on Saturday.
Barca even had the luxury of leaving Lionel Messi on the bench, but the Argentinian did make his return from a two-month injury lay-off half an hour from time and played a part in Suarez's second and Barca's fourth goal.
Suarez got Barca off to the perfect start after just 10 minutes and Neymar deservedly doubled the visitors' advantage just before half-time.
At that point, Neymar and Suarez had scored every one of Barca's last 19 La Liga goals, but Andres Iniesta ended that run in style when he blasted a third into the top corner.
Messi, Neymar and Suarez all combined for the latter to score a fourth before Isco sealed an embarrassing defeat for Real by getting sent-off.
"I didn't see it going like that," said Barca boss Luis Enrique. "We were at a superior level and generated superiority in many areas of the pitch. We were solid at the back too and it was more the merit of Barca than the fault of Madrid."
Despite just two defeats in 16 games in charge, Real manager Rafael Benitez's job is now in doubt as the home fans turned on club president Florentino Perez towards the end of the game.
"Logically we are hurting. It hurts to lose and particularly to lose in that manner," said Benitez. "What worries me is the team recovering mentally before the next game."
Real's vice-captain Marcelo insisted his team's often ego-driven dressing room remains fully behind Benitez.
"We have full confidence in him and him with us," said the Brazilian. "We are at the beginning of the project, we have confidence and there are still plenty of games left to play."