Luis Suarez’s double brace at at the Estadio Municipal de Riazor on Wednesday saw Barcelona bring to an end their four league games winless streak in style with an emphatic 8-0 victory over Deportivo La Corona.
Luis Suarez’s quick-fire double saw Barcelona 2-0 up at half-time against Deportivo La Coruna who fluffed two gilt-edged chances through Celso Borges. Rakitic made it three two minutes after the break before Suarez added another double for 5-0.
With 17 minutes left on the clock, Lionel Messi made it 6-0 when he latched on to a ball in the box to finish cooly for the blaugranes. Marc Bartra made it 7-0 inside the 79th minute with a great finish before Neymar made added Barcelona’s eighth of the encounter with a far post finish thanks to a superb ball from Luis Suárez.
Pique’s accumulation of 10 yellow cards for the season against Valencia last Sunday resulted in a rare opportunity for Marc Bartra in Barcelona’s starting XI as Dani Alves also returned to the side in place of Sergi Roberto.
Desperate to put their run of three defeats behind them and restore their grip on La Liga, Suarez followed up two early sights of goal with a successful one on just 11 minutes as he tapped in from a yard out for the opnener before his side were made to sweat for their lead when a ball was played over the top of their centre-backs and taken down by Borges, with the goal at his mercy, but the Costa Rican’s flicked finish was weak and Claudio Bravo made the save.
Borges was then presented with another glorious opportunity with a one-on-one with Bravo in the penalty area and only had to round the goalkeeper for 1-1, but the Chilean spread just enough to push the ball away before Oriol Riera then chipping the rebound over the crossbar.
The host soon paid for their profligacy – and in some style, too as Lionel Messi’s deft flick in the Deportivo defence opened up Suarez for a simple finish past Manu Fernandez. Suarez could have ended the first half on a hat-trick a few minutes later from a point balnk range but could not get his feet in order quickly enough for a good hit.
Two minutes after the break, Suárez coolly picked out an unmarked Ivan Rakitic at the far post, and the Croatian slammed home goal number three.
The fourth was an almost exact replica of the second, with Messi once again the provider and Suárez once again the man who finished the job, stroking the ball past Depor keeper Manu to claim a hat-trick with his 48th competitive goal of the season. His 49th was only an eleven-minute wait away, this time Neymar selflessly provides the pass and although Laure managed to keep Suárez’s first attempt out, he made no mistake the second time.
There was yet more to come after 73 minutes when Suárez spun devilishly around Sidnei before delivering a killer pass from the right wing. Messi latched onto the end of it for the sixth.
With the clock winding down, Marc Bartra standing in for the suspended Gerard Piqué, went on an audacious run from the halfway line, penetrating the floundering home defence and slipping home the seventh. Suárez completed his dream evening with a third assist. This time it was Neymar who benefitted from the Uruguayan’s services, tucking the ball sweetly home to round off a staggering 8-0 victory.
The result leaves Barcelona at the top of the Primera Division and heap the pressure on title rivals Real, who play Villarreal later on Wednesday night.