A hat-trick from Luis Suárez plus goals from Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal helped Barcelona crush their fiercest rivals Real Madrid 5-1, taking them back to the top of the league and in all probability ending Julen Lopetegui’s short reign as Real Madrid manager.
Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring in the 11th minute with Suarez doubling Barcelona’s advantage in the 30th minute.
Marcelo reduced the deficit just five minutes after the break but Suarez chipped in with two goals in the space of eight minutes to complete his hat-trick.
Arturo Vidal finished off the visitors, scoring in the 87th minute to end the rout.
Barcelona move top of La Liga on 21 points with Real Madrid languishing in 9th place, having already lost four league games this season.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo who left the Real Madrid side earlier before the start of the season helped his new club, Juventus come from a goal down to beat Empoli 2-1 in the Italian Serie A over the weekend, netting a brace in the match.
In what appears to seem like the Galacticos as the Madrid team is fondly called, are beginning to miss the five – time ballon d’or winner, as the team looks uncoordinated in attack and lacklustre in all departments of the game.
Argentine and Barcelona striker, Lionel Messi also missed the game due to injury problems.