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Deportivo La Coruña vs Barcelona, 2016 La Liga: Final Score 0-8 as Barça finally win again

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Barcelona have finally returned to the winning ways after four straight La Liga games with a spectacular 8-0 win on the road against Deportivo La Coruña, thanks to goals from Luis Suárez (4), Ivan Rakitic, Lionel Messi, Marc Bartra and Neymar Jr. Against a difficult opponent in a hostile environment at Riazor, the Blaugrana said goodbye to the crisis with a sensational collective performance and a giant victory to stay at the top of the league.


The Blaugrana had complete control of the game from the first minute. The possession was high and well utilized, the players moved quickly and smartly, and the 'MSN' trio was constantly switching positions to break down Depor's defense. Yet the first goal came in a corner-kick, when Ivan Rakitic played a beautiful cross straight to the left foot of Luis Suárez who scored the opener.

Immediately after the goal, Deportivo had two clear-cut chances in a bad five-minute stretch for Barça's defense. That was the only troubling moment, however. The Catalans continued to take control of the actions, and a great team move finished by a sensational through ball by Messi found Suárez alone in the box, and the Uruguayan didn't disappoint and calmly beat the keeper for the second goal.

At halftime, a very safe, controlled, impressive performance from the Blaugranes and an important lead that could become a blowout if they maintained the rhythm in the second half.


Barça did maintain their pace and that led to a comfortable final period. After just one minute, Neymar brought the ball up in a quick counter-attack and passed it to Suárez inside the box. The Uruguayan then showed absurd vision and played a sensational lob pass to a wide-open Rakitic, who easily scored the third.

Just five minutes later, another fantastic buildup play by the visitors was capped off by another genius through ball from Messi to Suárez, who completed his hat-trick and scored Barça's fourth.

Deportivo made offensive substitutions and went forward with purpose to try and score at least one goal and avoid embarrassment at home. That naturally left gaps on their defense, and the best player in the world took advantage. One more sensational pass by Messi to an open Neymar who served Suárez for his fourth and Barça's fifth on the night.

After giving goals all evening, it was time for Messi to have one of his own. Another great buildup from the team, a fantastic individual move by Suárez and a smart pass to Lionel, who easily finished for Barça's sixth at Riazor. The game was so comfortable that even the forgotten man wanted a piece of the party. Defender Bartra recovered a ball and made a phenomenal run through the defense before scoring a great goal.

There was still time for more, and after another lightning fast counter-attack from the 'MSN' trio, Suárez gave his third assist of the night to Neymar, who dribbled the keeper without even touching the ball and scored goal number eight for the Blaugrana.

In the end, an incredible victory with a spectacular team performance and a huge confidence boost for the final four games in La Liga. Yes, the best team in the world is back.

Deportivo: Manu; Laure, Sidnei, Navarro (Fajr), Juanfran; Mosquera, Bergantiños, Borges (Jonás); Cani (Cartabia); Riera, Lucas


Barcelona: Bravo; Alves, Bartra, Mascherano, Alba (Adriano); Busquets (Rafinha), Rakitic, Iniesta (Roberto); Messi, Suárez, Neymar

Goals: Suárez (11', 24', 53', 64'), Rakitic (47'), Messi (73'), Bartra (78'), Neymar (81')

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