Without Lionel Messi surely Barcelona would crumble against Real Madrid’s best possible starting 11?? A 4-0 scoreline suggests not. An absolutely stunning lesson of football was given to Madrid as Neymar and Suarez stepped out of Messi’s shadow to tear Ronaldo and co apart.
It started well for the LA Liga leaders as Luis Suarez, a man on scorching form, slipped a shot past Navas to give Barca an 11th minute lead. Then, as Madrid were starting to come into the game, a clever through ball by Iniesta put Neymar through and the Brazilian made no mistake with the finish.
The second half started but Rafa Benitez’s half time chat didn’t do much as Barcelona put together a fine passing move finished off emphatically by Iniesta. Shortly after, making the Barca frontline even more fearsome, Lionel Messi came on for his first match time in two months. Then in the 74th minute, Suarez put the icing on the cake by coolly finishing a move that involved Messi and Alba. As the game was slowly petering out, Isco let go the frustration by getting himself sent off. All in all a wonderful performance by Barcelona!!
While all this was going on in Spain, Liverpool produced a stunning performance to beat Man City 4-1 away from home!!! A Mangala own goal set the Reds on their way before Coutinho slotted home and Firmino finished a delightful move. City did get one back before half-time (Aguero) but Skrtel sealed the win late in the second half for Liverpool.
In the other games Jamie Vardy equalled the record for consecutive goals in consecutive games in the Premier League, West Brom beat Arsenal, Chelsea beat Stoke (yes you did read that right, Chelsea did win) and Spurs smashed West Ham. Phew, what a weekend!!!