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Suarez, Neymar star as Barca rout Madrid 4-0

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Barcelona\'s Lionel Messi fights for the ball with Real Madrid\'s Toni Kroos during the first clasico of the season between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain on Saturday.

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23rd-Nov-2015       
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Luis Suarez and Neymar continued their sensational goalscoring form as Barcelona moved six points clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga with a 4-0 thrashing of their bitter rivals at the Bernabeu on Saturday.
Barca even had the luxury of leaving Lionel Messi on the bench, but the Argentine did make his return from a two-month injury layoff half an hour from time and played a part in Suarez's second and Barca's fourth goal.
Suarez got Barca off to the perfect start after just 10 minutes and Neymar deservedly doubled the visitors' advantage just before half-time.
At that point Neymar and Suarez had scored every one of Barca's last 19 La Liga goals, but Andres Iniesta ended that run in style when he blasted a third into the top corner.
And Messi, Neymar and Suarez all combined for the latter to score a fourth before Isco sealed an embarrassing defeat for Madrid by getting sent-off late on.
Despite just two defeats in 16 games in charge, Madrid boss Rafael Benitez's job is now in doubt as the home fans turned on club president Florentino Perez towards the end of the game.
The build-up to the match had been dominated by security fears after last week's series of deadly attacks in Paris which killed 130 people.
A minute's silence was held to the tune of the French national anthem La Marseillaise and a large French flag was unfurled by the Madrid fans before kick-off in honour of the victims before kick-off.
However, the sombre atmosphere quickly turned hostile as the home fans saw their side completely outplayed by Barca.
Sergi Roberto was rewarded for his great form of late with a start in the position normally occupied by Messi and he repaid Luis Enrique's faith with a big role in a fine opening goal.
The Spaniard collected Sergio Busquets's pass and drove at the Madrid defence before threading a pass through for Suarez who coolly slotted home with the outside of his right foot.
Roberto should then have made it 2-0 midway through the half when he fired over from close range.
Karim Benzema started for Madrid for the first time since he was charged with complicity to blackmail and conspiring to commit a criminal act in his native France in a case involving a sex tape featuring French international teammate Mathieu Valbuena.
And after six weeks out, Benzema's rustiness showed as he failed to make a clean contact when presented with a great chance from Jeremy Mathieu's slip.
Barca's dominance in possession was rewarded with a second before half-time when Iniesta's through ball was perfectly timed for Neymar and his effort squeezed under Keylor Navas.
It could even have been three before the break as Marcelo cleared Suarez's shot off the line and Raphael Varane blocked Ivan Rakitic's follow-up effort.
The hosts started the second period slightly better as James Rodriguez forced Claudio Bravo into a brilliant save low to his right.

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