‘MSN’ lead 6-0 Barca rout of Getafe in La Liga
After Suarez was felled, Messi set Barca on their way with a dinked penalty in the ninth minute at the Nou Camp
Barcelona forwards Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar motored past 100 goals for the season to fire the La Liga leaders to a 6-0 romp at home to Getafe and stretch their advantage over Real Madrid to five points on Tuesday.
After Suarez was felled, Messi set Barca on their way with a dinked penalty in the ninth minute at the Nou Camp, the first time he has attempted a “Panenka” in 75 spot kicks for club and country.
Suarez clipped a volley high into the net from Messi’s floated pass in the 25th minute and Neymar weaved his way into space to fire low into the corner and make it 3-0 three minutes later, the 100th goal for Messi, Suarez and Neymar, known collectively in Spain as ‘MSN’, in all competitions this term.
Argentina forward Messi has 49, Uruguay striker Suarez, whose ban for biting an opponent expired at the end of October, has 21 and Brazil forward Neymar 32.
Playmaker Xavi, making his 501st La Liga appearance for the Catalan giants, curled a superb shot into the top corner on the half hour and Suarez netted his second after a flowing move five minutes before the break.
It was the first time Getafe, who are 13th, have conceded five goals in the first half of a La Liga match.
Messi took his La Liga tally for the season to 38 goals, one behind top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo of Real, with a whipped shot into the top corner two minutes into the second period before Getafe managed to repel waves of attacks for the remainder of the game.
Barca have 84 points with four matches left, while second-placed Real can trim the gap back to two points if they win their game in hand at home to Almeria on Wednesday.
Champions Atletico Madrid are seven points adrift of Real in third ahead of their game at Villarreal on Wednesday.
Athletic Bilbao, who are eighth and play Barca in next month’s King’s Cup final, host 12th-placed Real Sociedad for a Basque derby later on Tuesday.