Barcelona opened up an enormous 14-point lead over Real Madrid, the European and world champions after beating them Three-Zero on the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.
Goals from Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal made certain that Madrid will now not be contesting for the title this season.
In a recurring theme of this season Madrid have been made to pay for Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema lacking first-half possibilities as Barca took management after half-time.
Suarez rounded off a flowing counter-attack to open the scoring earlier than Messi blasted dwelling a penalty after Madrid defender Dani Carvajal was sent-off for punching the ball off the aim line.
And Messi was the creator as Vidal rubbed salt into Real’s wounds deep into stoppage time.
Victory extends Barca’s unbeaten run to 25 video games in all competitions as they moved 9 factors away from second-placed Atletico Madrid and exacted revenge for a 5-1 thrashing on mixture within the Spanish Super Cup by the hands of Real in August.
Madrid do nonetheless have a recreation in hand over Barca to marginally scale back the hole on the prime, however their efforts within the new yr are actually prone to be extra targeted on turning into the primary aspect to win three consecutive Champions League titles in over 40 years.
Despite the conflict between the Spanish capital’s and Catalonia’s two giants happening simply two days after three events favouring independence for the affluent area from Spain retained an absolute majority within the Catalan parliament, there was little consideration paid to politics inside the bottom as soon as the motion acquired underway.
Madrid followers unfurled an enormous banner proclaiming it to be a “white Christmas” after they claimed a membership report 5 trophies in 2017.
However, it’s Barca who will benefit from the upcoming winter break extra after a second-half show which confirmed the turning of the tide their means since August has been no fluke.
It may have been very completely different for the hosts if Cristiano Ronaldo had buried an enormous alternative when he fully mis-kicked simply 10 minutes in.
Barca didn’t threaten in any respect till the half hour mark when Messi lastly discovered some room in a congested midfield to select Paulinho’s late run and the Brazilian’s acrobatic effort was matched by a flying save from Kaylor Navas.