Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Barcelona outclassed Real Madrid to seal a stylish El Clasico victory without star player, Lionel Messi.
Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring in the 11th minute then Suarez converted a penalty, which was awarded by a video assistant referee decision for Raphael Varane‘s foul on the Uruguayan, for Barca’s half-time advantage.
Marcelo chested down and finished to give Real hope, but Suarez’s header and chipped finish, followed by Arturo Vidal‘s header, completed the rout.
The visitors had begun the day within four points of Barca, but now trail them by seven and find themselves ninth in the table after 10 matches.
Ernesto Valverde‘s side, winners of seven league titles from the past 10, are top of the league, leading Atletico Madrid by two points.
This loss damages any chance of Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui keeping his job as it is almost certain he will be getting fired soon.