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EL CLASICO: No Messi, No Problem; 5-Star Barcelona Wallop Sorry Real Madrid
After losing 1-2 at home to Levante last week, former Spain boss Lopetegui was said to be on the brink of the sack and he cut a disheartened figure on the Camp Nou touchline as Madrid were dismantled in his 14th game in charge.
The irrepressible Suarez led Barca, who were rampant even without star man and captain Lionel Messi and capitalised on their rivals’ failings to move back to the top of LaLiga.
Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring for the champions and Suarez doubled their advantage from the penalty spot in a devastating first-half showing, with Marcelo’s response shortly after the restart merely a small bump in the road.
Suarez executed a magnificent header and then a gorgeous dinked finish after Sergio Ramos blunder, before Arturo Vidal added the fifth to prompt a party in the stands as Lopetegui, whose side remain ninth, shuffled towards the exit door.