Lionel Messi scored one and provided three as Barcelona blew Getafe away with a 6-0 thrashing at Camp Nou on Saturday.
Three first half goals from Munir, Neymar and Lionel Messi following Juan Rodrguez’s own goal opener gave Barcelona a comfortable 4-0 lead at half time. After the break, Neymar’s second of the game and Arda Turan’s second of the season sealed an emphatic 6-0 victory for the Catalans.
With Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Arsenal in mind, Luis Enrique’s five changes began with dropping Dani Alves for Aleix Vidal and Javier Mascherano for Jeremy Mathieu from the 4-0 win at Eibar last weekend.
Elsewhere, Sergi Roberto and Andres Iniesta came in for Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic, but there was a return in attack for Neymar, although Luis Suarez’s rest meant Munir El Haddadi kept his place up top.
The champions, however, played like their full-strength best and needed just eight minutes to break the deadlock, when Alba read Messi’s through ball at the left-hand byline and sent a low cross into the box for Juan Rodriguez to turn home.
Moments later, Munir El Haddadi was taken down by Emiliano Velazquez in the box, yet Messi stepped up to miss his third League penalty of the season from seven attempts as his strike to Guaita’s right was pushed away by the goalkeeper.
Nonetheless, the setback was a mere blip as Barca only went from strength to strength, Andres Iniesta picking out Messi with a pinpoint ball over the Getafe defence, and the Argentina skipper superbly taking the pass on first time as he flicked a volleyed cross for Munir to freely head past Guaita.
It was then Neymar’s turn in the spotlight as Sergi Roberto shows great resilience in the final third to feed Messi with a sliding pass. The latter then took a touch, before slipping Neymar in behind, and the No 11 ended his three-game drought in front of goal with a first-time finish past Guaita.
Rounding off the half in the only way he knew how, Messi showed precision to tee himself up for the shot from outside the box and proceeded to opt for power as he bent an out-curler past the former Valencia shot-stopper.
After the break, Messi connected with Neymar for the second time in the match to produce a Barcelona goal, as the Argentine played a surgical ball into the Brazilian, who easily finished past Guaita to make it a 5-0 lead in the 51st minute.
The show continued into the 58th minute when Turan made it 6-0 with a spectacular goal via an overhead kick, after Piqué had done beautifully to control a ball, allowing the Turkey international to score.
At the other end, it was largely a quiet day for Bravo. Only a 70th minute shot from Moi Gómez from the left side that skipped just wide of the far post would pose any threat.