Barcelona humiliated Deportivo La Coruna to end a three-match losing run in a game that saw Luis Suarez scoring four for the wounded Spanish leaders.
Barca scored six in the second half – Ivan Rakitic fired in, before Suarez slid in for his hat-trick and then tapped in Neymar’s selfless pass.
Messi rolled in, then Marc Bartra’s solo goal and Neymar simple finish from close range sealed the rout.
The Uruguay international opened the scoring early on after a corner from Ivan Rakitic, before doubling Barca’s lead after a sublime assist from Lionel Messi.
Suarez then turned provider as he set up Rakitic for the Catalans’ third early in the second half, only to find the net two more times in the remainder of the game to take his tally in La Liga this season to 30.
Barcelona did not stop there, though, as Messi, Marc Bartra and Neymar heaped more misery on the hosts, the Catalan giants restoring their three-point lead ahead of Atletico’s match away to Athletic Bilbao and Madrid’s home game against Villarreal later on Wednesday.