Under-pressure Barcelona got back to winning ways with an emphatic 8-0 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna at Estadio Municipal de Riazor on Wednesday.
- Deportivo 0 Barcelona 8
- Suarez nets four times
- Rakitic and Messi get on the scoresheet
- Bartra and Neymar complete the scoring
Luis Suarez had Barcelona 2-0 up by half time with goals in the 11th and 24th minutes.
Ivan Rakitic added a third two minutes after the break before Suarez completed his hat-trick in the 53rd minute, scoring a fourth for good measure to make it 5-0 ten minutes later.
Lionel Messi made it 6-0 with 17 minutes left on the clock with a simple tap before Marc Bartra added a seventh in the 79th minute.
Unfortunately for the home side, Barca weren't finished as Neymar scored the eighth goal of the evening for the visitors in the 81st minute to complete a morale-boosting victory.
[FULL-TIME | FINAL] Deportivo de La Coruña vs FC Barcelona (0-8) Goals: Suárez (11’ | 24’ | 54’ | 64’), Rakitic (47’), Messi (73’), Bartra (79’), Neymar (81’) — [MVP presented by Qatar Airways] Who do you think was the best player of the match? Vote for the MVP! http://ow.ly/ZynIz Qui creus que ha estat el millor jugador del partit? Vota a l'MVP! http://ow.ly/Zynzx ¿Quién crees que ha sido el mejor jugador del partido? ¡Vota al MVP! http://ow.ly/ZynEq — All about the match at www.fcbarcelona.com Tot sobre el partit a www.fcbarcelona.cat Todo sobre el partido en www.fcbarcelona.es — #DeporFCB #FCBLive #LaLiga Força Barça!
Looking at the match statistics makes the heavy 8-0 defeat suffered by Deportivo seem a bit harsh, but it was the sheer ruthlessness of the Barcelona forwards that proved the difference between the sides on the night.
The Catalans were on the front foot early on and it took just 11 minutes for Suarez to break the deadlock after getting on the end of an Rakitic cross before sliding the ball just inside the far post to make it 1-0.
The home side wasted two golden opportunities to get back in the game in the 19th minute as first Celso Borges was only able to toe the ball to Claudio Bravo after being played in by a beautiful overhead ball from Cani before the striker had another shot blocked seconds later.
The visitors were two up in the 24th minute after Messi played the ball through for the Uruguay international, who showed great determination to reach the ball before two Deportivo defenders to nip into the box and slot the ball past the goalkeeper.
Just two minutes after half time, Suarez turned provider as he lofted a cross into the box for Rakitic, who brought the ball down well before hitting a brisk snap shot to beat the keeper and make it 3-0.
The game was all but over for the home side just six minutes later as Messi picked out Suarez with an inch-perfect pass and the striker hit it first time to complete his hat-trick.
Deportivo continued to engineer half chances, but their touch was poor up front and they were never able to seriously trouble Bravo in the Barcelona goal.
Suarez added his fourth in the 64th minute after pouncing on a rebound in the box. With his four-goal haul on the night, he broke the original Ronaldo’s record of 47 goals in one season for Barcelona, taking his tally to 49.
The Uruguayan then put the ball on a platter for Messi to make it 6-0 with a simple tap-in nine minutes later.
Bartra got in on the action with a superb solo effort in the 79th minute as he broke into the box and unleashed an unstoppable drive to take the score to an incredible 7-0 before things got even worse for Deportivo two minutes later as Neymar tapped the eighth into an empty net to round out a forgettable night for the home side.
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