Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez will have a lot of answering to do over the next week as his players were booed off at Santiago Bernabeu as Luis Suarez and Neymar led Barcelona to a sound thrashing in Spanish La Liga. With the win, the defending champions have six-point lead at the top of the table. Suarez opened the deadlock before Neymar added one before half-time.
Andres Iniesta struck a thunderous shot to the roof of the net five minutes after the interval. Suarez peeled off Sergio Ramos 20 minutes before time and dinked the ball behind Keylor Navas to add a fourth. There were times where it looked like Real would match their worst ever defeat at home — a 85-year-old record, which Athletic Bilbao inflicted on them — before Barca huddled mid-pitch to celebrate their win after the game. Cristiano Ronaldo and co were roundly booed by the infuriated home fans. Real Madrid vs Barcelona – As it happened
Real started the game off brightly and created a half-chance. They saw a lot of the ball to but it was on the counter that Barca were deadly and the Los Blancos defense were cut open regularly. Neymar, who had yet another inspired outing set up Suarez with a reverse pass and the Uruguayan made a stealthy run at the back post to give the visitors the lead. It only got worse from there for Real.
Sergio Ramos brought down Segi Roberto and Barca should have had a penalty and a man stronger. Towards the end of the half, Neymar made space on the left and latched on to Suarez’s ball after Iniesta’s spell-binding creativity at the edge of the area. The Brazilian striker slotted the ball between the keeper’s legs and Real had a mountain to climb at the end of half-time.
Benitez’s team talk inspired his side, who were lucky not to go three down as Marcelo cleared a shot off the line and started the second half strongly. Then came the killer punch by the Barca skipper who played a one-two with Neymar, whose backheel flick teed up Iniesta for a shot and Navas had no chance to get his hands on the long ranger.
Proceedings simply started to crumble from thereon for Real. Lionel Messi made his first appearance in a month and immediately joined his tour de force companions up top to create more chances. Ramos was caught out again as Suarez galloped past the Real defense and added a fourth. Cristiano Ronaldo tried to get one back and the Blaugurana had to thank Claudio Bravo for pulling out atleast four point-blank saves during the closing stages of the match.
Isco vented out his frustrations by making an inexplicable challenge from behind on Neymar while Mark Munir, who missed a couple of glorious chances in the dying seconds to add a fifth. It was one of days when Barcelona were poetry in motion while everything around them is simply static.