It was a case of 'No Messi No Problem' for Barcelona on Sunday as they turned on style to overrun Real Madrid 5-1 in the first El Clasico of the season at Camp Nou.

Luis Suarez was the star performer as he grabbed a hat trick in the encounter.

It took Philippe Coutinho just 11 minutes to give Barcelona the lead in the eagerly anticipated El Clasico clash on Sunday before Suarez scored from the penalty spot on the half-hour mark to double his team’s advantage.

Madrid came out into the second half with intent and grabbed a goal back on 50 minutes through Marcelo.

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However, they hit the post and missed a handful of chances before Barcelona eventually regained their two-goal lead after a bullet header from Suarez in the 75th minute.

 Suarez completed his hat-trick in the 83rd minute before substitute Arturo Vidal scored four minutes later to give Barcelona a convincing 5-1 win.

In the 272 meetings between the two sides in all competitions (including friendlies), Barcelona has won 113 matches while Real Madrid has won 99. Sixty encounters have ended in a draw.

 However, in the 177 Spanish league encounters, Real Madrid edges it with 72 wins over Barcelona’s 71.


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