Barcelona have extended their lead at the top of La Liga with an emphatic 8-0 win over Cordoba, confirming the bottom club’s relegation from the top flight at Nuevo Arcangel this afternoon.
The visitors were on the attack from the start, with Ivan Rakitic created early opportunities for Neymar and Lionel Messi, but neither were able to slot the ball into the back of the net.
It look like La Liga’s bottom club would reach half time on level terms with Barcelona, but Andres Iniesta chipped the ball forward to set up Rakitic just before the break, allowing the winger to blast the ball in.
The league leaders managed to double their advantage before half time though as Luis Suarez was set up by a Rakitic cross in stoppage time, leaving the Uruguayan to fire through the legs of Juan Carlos in the Cordoba goal.
It took Barcelona just a couple of minutes after the restart to make it three as Messi headed in from near the penalty spot after Dani Alves charged down the right before crossing in for the striker.
Suarez added his second of the afternoon shortly after as Alves provided the cross again, leaving the forward to nod the ball in.
Neymar could have made it five when Suarez tried to set up the Brazilian, but the forward could only scuff it behind from a couple of yards out.
The fifth came just a couple of minutes later though as Gerard Pique got free in the box to meet a Xavi cross, converting with a diving heading to find the bottom corner.
Luis Enrique’s side continued to press despite their comfortable lead, scoring a sixth with just 10 minutes left as Pedro and Messi linked up inside the box, resulting in the latter setting up Suarez, who had his shot saved, but the Argentine was there to turn in the rebound.
Cordoba fought desperately to stop their opponents adding further to the score, but Guinino brought Neymar down while trying to stop the striker getting a shot away, leaving him to fire in from the penalty spot.
Suarez completely the rout just three minutes from full time, sealing his hat-trick with a powerful drive from just inside the penalty area.
The result moves Barcelona five points clear at the top of the league, while Cordoba’s drop is confirmed, with them now 11 points from safety with three games to play.
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