Barcelona thump Alaves to top La Liga

Luis Enrique's side were beaten on home soil by Alaves in September, but Barca's famed MSN trio helped set the record straight, with Neymar's goal taking him above club legend Ronaldinho in the scoring charts.

Aleix Vidal's horror injury cast a shadow as Barcelona ran riot in the rehearsal for the Copa del Rey final and gained revenge over Alaves with a 6-0 La Liga victory at Estadio Mendizorrotza.

Barcelona and Alaves have both condemned the violence which broke out in Vitoria before Saturday's La Liga match between the two sides.

Suarez turned in a cross from Vidal in the 37th minute to give Barca the lead over the Basques, who they will meet in the King's Cup final, and Neymar pounced on an error from goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco in the 40th.

The Spanish champions continued to dominate possession and had another opportunity in the 22nd minute when Luis Suarez found a yard of space inside the box, but Pacheco was on hand to make a smart save.

Alexis put the ball into his own net, Rakitic made it 5-0 with a fine strike and Suarez completed the rout - and his brace - to seal a 6-0 win.

Suarez got his second and Barcelona's sixth in as the Uruguayan slammed home from close range, after Pachecho could only parry Neymar's effort.

And in another blow to the Catalans, Aleix Vidal was stretchered off with a disgusting looking ankle injury just three minutes from time. Barcelona came out all guns blazing in the second half and scored 4 goals in a dominant spell of 8 minutes.

  • Julie Sanders