Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Barcelona thrashed Real Madrid 5-1 at the Camp Nou on Sunday to go top of La Liga and pile the pressure on Real coach Julen Lopetegui.
In the first Clasico in a decade without the injured Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo now at Juventus, Barca ran riot at a packed and rocking Camp Nou to open a seven-point gap over their beleaguered arch-rivals.
Philippe Coutinho got the scoring underway after delightful play down the left from Jordi Alba, and Suarez made it 2-0 before the half-hour mark, converting from the spot after he’d been brought down by Raphane Varane.
Madrid came out the blocks firing, and it wasn’t long before left-back Marcelo halved the deficit with a finish from close range after Isco’s cutback.
Los Blancos could have levelled matters with Barca under the cosh, but Luka Modric’s effort from the edge of the area cannoned off the upright.
Suarez however took the fight out of Madrid with a powerfully guided header off Sergi Roberto’s cross to make it 3-1.
The Uruguayan attacker got his first Clasico treble minutes later with a beautifully dinked finish after lax play from Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos allowed substitute Ousmane Dembele to play him through on goal.
And in the dying stages, substitute Arturo Vidal got his first goal for the Catalans with a powerful header off a Jordi Alba cross.
It is the most humiliating Clasico defeat for Madrid since former manager Rafa Benitez lost 4-0 at the Bernabeu in 2015, and it stretches their winless run in the league to five games.