Barcelona reached 18 games without a loss in La Liga, extending the longest unbeaten streak in the major European leagues thanks to a 6-1 victory at Camp Nou against Sporting Gijón. A pretty easy match for the Blaugrana ended with a strong result and a good performance. Three more points.
It was a comfortable first period for the Blaugrana, who dominated possession and easily found spaces and chances inside a leaky Sporting defense. Barça scored three goals, including a spectacular volley from Luis Suárez, and apart from a defensive lapse that ended with Gijón scoring a goal on the counter, it was an easy 45 minutes for Barça.
At halftime, the Catalan giants were in control and could even score a few more goals to turn the win into a blowout in the second half.
Paco Alcácer scored just four minutes into the second half, and Barça guaranteed the victory. Neymar then scored an amazing free kick, Rakitic added a fantastic goal of his own, and Barça confirmed the victory with a few second half goals. Easy night in Catalonia.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Mascherano, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Denis; Messi (Gomes); Rafinha (Roberto), Suárez (Alcácer), Neymar
Goals: Messi (9'), Rodríguez (11' O.G.), Suárez (27'), Alcácer (49'), Neymar (66'), Rakitic (87')
Sporting: Cuéllar; Lillo, Juan, Babin, Echiéjilé; Torres; Douglas (Víctor), Sergio (Vesga), Cases, Burgui (López); Castro
Goal: Castro (21')