Madrid: Barcelona stretched their lead stop the La Liga to seven points on Saturday thanks to a clinical display from Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez to down Real Sociedad 4-0.
Barcelona striker Neymar (left) celebrates his goal against Real Sociedad with teammate Lionel Messi at Camp Nou on Saturday
Messi was making his first league start in two months as he continues his comeback from knee ligament damage. But the Argentine was initially outshone by his strike partners as they each swept home from two Dani Alves crosses to put Barca in command at the break.
Neymar then added his second shortly after the half-time before teeing up Messi for his first league goal since September in stoppage time.
Atletico Madrid can close the gap at the top to four points when they host Espanyol later on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid are now nine points adrift ahead of their trip to Eibar on Sunday.
Barcelona boss and master strategist Luis Enrique made four changes from the side that destroyed Roma 6-1 in the Champions League in midweek, but with Messi, Suarez and Neymar deployed once more in attack, the Catalans did not miss a single beat.