Luis Suarez hits four as Barcelona net eight to get back on track

Deportivo La Coruna 0 Barcelona 8: Barcelona restated their title ambitions by thrashing Deportivo La Coruna 8-0 away from home, with Luis Suarez scoring four times and contributing three assists as they showed no mercy.

Luis Suarez hits four as Barcelona net eight to get back on track

The Uruguayan scored twice in the first half and Ivan Rakitic grabbed the third early in the second half, before Suarez quickly doubled his tally. Lionel Messi had provided two assists for Suarez and finally got on the scoresheet by tapping home after a brilliant move by the Uruguayan, while defender Marc Bartra scored a brilliant individual goal before Neymar rounded off the scoring to end his goal drought.

“It’s not easy to win these games. The important thing is our fate is in our hands,” said four-goal hero Suarez.

Manager Luis Enrique was delighted as his side steadied the ship, after a dire run of recent form saw the Catalans crash out of the Champions League to rivals Atletico, while they also saw their lead in La Liga disappear.

“Today we have been incredibly effective. We have won handsomely without conceding,” said Enrique last night.

For their part Atletico Madrid kept up the pressure with a 1-0 victory at Athletic Bilbao last night, thanks to a Fernando Torres goal.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund will meet Bayern Munich in the final of the DFB-Pokal on May 21 after seeing off Hertha Berlin 3-0 in their semi-final clash on Wednesday.

Gonzalo Castro, Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan put a full-strength Dortmund side into their third straight cup final.

Having lost the last two to Bayern and Wolfsburg respectively, they will hope it will be a case of third time lucky when they return to the capital next month.

DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA:

Manu, Laure, Sidnei, Fernando Navarro (Fajr 58), Juanfran, Alex Bergantinos, Mosquera, Borges (Gutierrez 70), Cani (Cartabia 59), Riera, Lucas Perez.

Subs Not Used:

Manuel Pablo, Pletikosa, Luisinho, Rodriguez.

BARCELONA:

Bravo, Dani Alves, Bartra, Mascherano, Jordi Alba (Adriano 70), Rakitic, Busquets (Rafinha 71), Iniesta (Sergi Roberto 59), Messi, Suarez, Neymar.

Subs Not Used:

ter Stegen, Douglas, Turan, Munir.

Referee:

Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea.

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