Barcelona eased to a 4-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna at the Camp Nou as Lionel Messi netted on his comeback.
Barcelona, who started the match with Messi on the bench after his return from injury, came close to opening the scoring when Neymar struck the crossbar early on, with Luis Suarez unable to convert the rebound.
They broke the deadlock on 21 minutes when Rafinha fired home from a tight angle from Suarez’s throughball, and the Brazil international doubled their advantage when hooking home after Gerard Pique had seen a header saved.
They added a third two minutes before the break, with Suarez slipping the ball under Deportivo keeper German Lux from Neymar’s throughball.
Luis Enrique brought on Paco Alcacer for Suarez at half-time, and Messi came on for Sergio Busquets on 55 minutes and fired home at the near post moments later.
Depor defender Laure was then shown a red card for an elbow on Neymar.
Alcacer went close for the champions and Jeremy Mathieu saw a header ruled out for offside.
Barca now trail Sevilla by one point after Pablo Sarabia produced a stunning late winner for Jorge Sampaoli’s side as they survived a two-goal comeback to beat Leganes 3-2 and register a first away league success since May 2015.
The midfielder curled home from 20 yards with five minutes remaining to endLos Rojiblancos‘ 22-game search for victory on the road in La Liga.
Quick-fire strikes from Leganes pair David Timor and Alexander Szymanowski had looked set to extend the winless run after goals from Franco Vazquez and Samir Nasri had put the visitors in control at Estadio Municipal de Butarque.
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Culled from ESPNFC