Madrid - Barcelona's star front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar
brought up a century of goals in all competitions as the Catalans moved
five points clear at the top of La Liga with a 6-0 humbling of Getafe on
All three were on target inside 28 minutes as Messi
opened the scoring from the penalty spot before teeing up Suarez to
volley home and Neymar was left with the simple task of registering the
100th goal between the trio from Suarez's pass.
then curled home a stunning fourth before Suarez made it 5-0 with a
similar finish into the far corner and Messi rounded off the scoring in
typical style on his favoured left foot early in the second-half.
Real Madrid can close the gap at the top back to two points when they host Almeria on Wednesday.
the first shots on goal we had went in, the team played very well in
the first-half and that is the most important thing," said Suarez.
don't know if there is a key to our success. There is total commitment
among the team and the fans. We are obliged to win important things and
we are entering the most important stage of the season."
boss Luis Enrique had resisted the temptation to rest any of his front
three despite making four changes from the side that won 2-0 at Espanyol
on Saturday with one eye on next week's Champions League semi-final,
first-leg against Bayern Munich.
That decision was richly rewarded in a stunning first-half display that tore the helpless visitors to shreds.
put his recent yips from the penalty spot behind him as he opened the
scoring by chipping the ball straight down the middle of the goal in the
style made famous by Czech legend Antonin Panenka in the 1976 European
Championships after Suarez had been felled by Alvaro Arroyo.
nearly drew level moments later when Claudio Bravo made a brilliant
recovery save to claw Fredy Hinestroza's lob to safety to make up for
his original poor positioning.
Suarez put the result beyond doubt
with a sumptuous volley from Messi's inviting cross and the Uruguayan
then turned provider for Neymar to bring up the century.
later Xavi scored what could well be his final goal at the Camp Nou with
the veteran expected to move to Qatar at the end of the season by
curling the ball high into the far corner.
Xavi's flick then set up Suarez to finish in similar style to register his 21st goal of the season before the break.
the upcoming date with former coach Pep Guardiola and Bayern in eight
days time there was little let up from the hosts after the break.
the goals did dry up after Messi had curled home his 38th league goal
of the campaign to move within one of Cristiano Ronaldo in the race to
be La Liga's top goalscorer two minutes into the second period.
four-time World Player of the Year came close to a seventh hat-trick of
the season six minutes from time, but Vicente Guaita made a fine save
to turn his free-kick to safety.