Barcelona back on top after mauling Gijon

Barcelona back on top after mauling Gijon

Saturday, April 23, 2016 11:27 pm

Luis Suarez and Messi with other team mates

Luis Suarez and Messi with other team mates

Barcelona are back on top La Liga table after a 6-0 rout of Sporting Gijon at Camp Nou.

Luis Suarez was on song again scoring four of the goals, with Lionel Messi and Neymar also on the scoresheet.

Saturday’s scheduling meant that the top three played one after the other, with Barca reclaiming top spot in style after both Real and Atletico Madrid had short spells at the summit thanks to wins over Rayo Vallecano and Malaga respectively.

Luis Enrique’s side got their title challenge back on track with a Suarez-inspired 8-0 drubbing of Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday, and went close to equalling that scoreline at Camp Nou with the help of three penalties.

Lionel Messi opened the scoring with a looping header early on, before Suarez once again took centre stage after the break to take his goal tally to an incredible 53 in all competitions this season.

The Uruguayan reached his half-century by finishing a fine team move shortly after the hour, before netting two quickfire penalties to complete his hat-trick.

Neymar then got in on the act with a penalty of his own after drawing a foul that saw Ognjen Vranjes sent off, before Suarez fired in his fourth of the evening with two minutes left.

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