La Liga Highlights: Luis Suarez scored a hattrick as Barcelona punished out of form Madrid 5-1 in El Clasico on Sunday.
Barcelona went ahead through Philippe Coutinho early in the game at the Nou Camp when he latched onto Jordi Alba’s well-driven cross, and Luis Suarez added to Barca‘s lead from the penalty spot after being taken down by Raphael Varane. Marcelo gave Los Blancos a ray of hope five minutes into the second half, however, Suarez then met with Sergi Roberto’s cross to head in his second. The Uruguayan striker completed his hattrick as he beat Thibaut Courtois and substitute Arturo Vidal finally completed the thrashing in the dying minutes of the game.
— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) October 28, 2018
Ivan Rakitic‘s incisive ball over the top found veteran Jordi Alba in loads of space who then managed to cut the ball back into Coutinho’s feet and the Brazillian rippled the back of the net.
The defending Spanish champions proceeded to flow onward at ease and after Raphael Varane took down Suarez inside the box, referee Sanchez Martinez awarded the penalty to Barca after referring to the Video Assistant Referee before awarding the spot-kick which was calmly converted by the Uruguayan in the half hour mark.
Madrid made an excellent start to the second half when Brazillian fullback Marcelo seized Isco’s deflected ball into the Barcelona box and rifled the ball into the net. Just six minutes later they almost completed the comeback when Luka Modric‘s low driven shot hit the post.
However, the European champions crumbled in the final 15 minutes of the game. Luis Suarez met Sergi Roberto’s searching cross to guide a powerful header beyond Courtois and completed his hat-trick soon after, lifting the ball over the Belgian and into the net after being released by substitute Ousmane Dembele.
Barcelona were not done with four and just a few minutes later Dembele collected the ball on the left flank and expertly dribbled forward before lifting a high cross towards the back post which was then headed home by fellow substitute Arturo Vidal, who got his first goal for his new club, to make it 5-1 in their favour.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 28, 2018
This result leaves Real lagging behind in 9th place in the table after a third straight league defeat, while Barcelona return to the top following their biggest El Clasico win since 2010. The aftermath of this poor run of form is bound to be disastrous for Real Madrid after collapsing to their worst start in La Liga in nineteen years.
Barcelona face Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey on Thursday, 1st November before taking on Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Sunday, 4th November. Meanwhile, Real Madrid face Melilla in the Copa del Rey tie on Thursday too before hosting Valladolid on Saturday, 3rd November.