Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez take Barca top of La Liga | Barcelona News

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Barcelona climbed to the top of La Liga after convincingly beating Rayo Vallecano 6-1 at the Camp Nou. Luis Suarez (brace), Lionel Messi (hat-trick) and Gerard Pique scored the goals for the Blaugrana, who enjoyed 61 percent of possession, created 19 goalscoring chances and attempted 16 shots, 12 of them on target and one to the post.

Luis Suarez connected with Lionel Messi connected like never before, with both South American stars creating chances for either themselves or each other time and time again. They were simply an unstoppable combination which Rayo Vallecano could do very little about.

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Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez returned to the midfield after a number of games in which, for whatever reason, Luis Enrique had refused to include them simultaneously in the starting eleven. Perhaps in an attempt to prove their manager wrong, the pair delivered an outstanding performance, helping Barcelona create numerous chances via effective combinations and accurate, sharp passes into spaces.

Real Madrid could only achieve a shocking 1-0 defeat against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, meaning that Barcelona zoomed to the very top of the table thanks to their impressive victory over Rayo. With El Clasico now only a couple of weeks away, it is imperative that the Camp Nou giants keep their current advantage by winning every single match until then.

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