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Suarez gets hat-trick as Barcelona put five past Real

Madrid Coach Faces Sack

Excluding Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez is the first @FCBarcelona player to score a hat-trick in #ElClasico in La Liga since Romário in 1994.

Suarez scored a sensational hat-trick as Barcelona thrashed Real Madrid 5-1 in the Clasico at Camp Nou on Sunday, leaving Julen Lopetegui facing the sack.

Madrid’s coach watched as his team, ninth, ran aground against the league leaders, even though Lionel Messi was out injured.

Philippe Coutinho put Barcelona ahead after good work from Jordi Alba before Suarez won and converted a penalty.

Marcelo struck early in the second half to put Madrid back in the game but Suarez hit two more as Barcelona finished in rampant fashion, with Arturo Vidal adding the fifth.

Players Rating

Barcelona

Marc-Andre ter Stegen 6

The German has been in sublime form this season and had nothing to do in the first half, before his defence let him down at the start of the second .

Gerard Pique 6

After a dire run of form it seems Pique has turned the corner, producing a great tackle to deny Isco, although he might have done better for Marcelo’s goal.

Clement Lenglet 7

Stepped into the shoes of injured French compatriot Samuel Umtiti consummately and produced another good performance in the biggest game of his career.

Jordi Alba 7

Having an excellent campaign and continued that here, setting up Coutinho for the opener with a low cross from the left. Struggled to contain Lucas Vazquez at times.

Sergio Busquets 6

The Barcelona lynchpin pinged the ball around well to put Madrid on the back foot, but wasn’t given a lot of support when Lopetegui flooded the midfield after the break.

Ivan Rakitic 6

Produced a brilliant pass to set Alba free for the first goal. However a good first half display gave way to an unsure second.

Arthur 7

Has revolutionised Barcelona’s play in recent weeks with his quick passing and was instrumental again as the hosts taunted Madrid in the first half. Had less influence after the break.

Rafinha Alcantara 5

Just as against Inter Milan, Rafinha was selected in the stead of injured talisman Lionel Messi. Worked hard but badly overplayed the ball when he should have put Alba through on goal.

Luis Suarez 9

Won a penalty when clumsily fouled by Varane and dispatched it coolly to send Barcelona two goals to the good.

Some moves broke own on him but he kept going, hitting the post and netting a brilliant header before completing his hat-trick with an excellent dink.

Philippe Coutinho 6

Was in the right place at the right time to slot in the first goal. Still needs to appear more in the build up play for Barcelona, flits in and out of the action.

Subs

Nelson Semedo 6

Solid outing at right-back where he doubled up with Sergi Roberto to stop Marcelo.

Ousmane Dembele 7

Instant contribution from the French winger, hitting Madrid on the counter in the build-up to Suarez’s second.

Real Madrid

Thibaut Courtois 6

Given the nod over Keylor Navas as usual in La Liga for his first Clasico. Had no chance with Coutinho’s opener but made a fine save to deny Arthur’s curling effort.

Nacho Fernandez 6

Benefitted from Dani Carvajal’s injury to get a start at right-back but was nowhere as Alba stole in for the opener. Shifted to centre-back at half-time.

Sergio Ramos 6

An early clatter on Rafinha showed his intentions, but Madrid’s captain had a quiet game by his standards.

Raphael Varane 4

In years gone by he would have got away with the oafish tackle on Suarez that led to Barcelona’s penalty, but VAR sees everything. Hooked at the break.

Marcelo 7

Has taken on the mantle of goalscorer for Madrid, netting two of their last three before this game and pulling one back early in the second half.

Casemiro 6

Could not get near Barcelona’s midfield pass masters during the first half but looked good as a make-shift centre-back after the break as Madrid went 3-5-2.

Toni Kroos 5

Could not take the game by the scruff of the neck, the German was unable to make his mark and was possibly the weakest midfielder on display.

Luka Modric 6

Outplayed in the first half but raised his game in the second, hitting the post with a low effort.

Gareth Bale 4

Deployed on the right-wing but beyond one tame effort from distance had little to contribute. Brought off with Madrid chasing the game.

Marcelo 7

Has taken on the mantle of goalscorer for Madrid, netting two of their last three before this game and pulling one back early in the second half.

Casemiro 6

Could not get near Barcelona’s midfield pass masters during the first half but looked good as a make-shift centre-back after the break as Madrid went 3-5-2.

Toni Kroos 5

Could not take the game by the scruff of the neck, the German was unable to make his mark and was possibly the weakest midfielder on display.

Luka Modric 6

Outplayed in the first half but raised his game in the second, hitting the post with a low effort.

Gareth Bale 4

Deployed on the right-wing but beyond one tame effort from distance had little to contribute. Brought off with Madrid chasing the game.

Karim Benzema 4

Ended his recent goal drought against Viktoria Plzen but was back to his quiet self at Camp Nou, not worrying Ter Stegen. Headed over when he should have scored.

Isco 6

Started on the left of the attack but was ineffective in the first half, before Lopetegui changed shape and placed him in the hole. Made an instant impact there, setting up Marcelo to pull one back.

Subs

Lucas Vazquez 7

 

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