Match ends, Barcelona 6, Sporting de Gijón 1.
Neymar scored a sublime goal as Barcelona thrashed Sporting Gijon to go top of La Liga.
On the night that coach Luis Enrique announced he will quit in the summer, Lionel Messi's header and an own goal by Juan Rodriguez put Barca in control.
Carlos Castro made it 2-1 but Luis Suarez and Paco Alcacer extended the lead before Neymar's free-kick and Ivan Rakitic completed the rout.
Barca are one point clear of Real Madrid, who drew 3-3 with Las Palmas.
Zinedine Zidane's side still have a game in hand on the champions.
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There were thousands of empty seats at the Nou Camp - an indication of the mood following Barcelona's crushing 4-0 Champions League defeat against Paris St-Germain last month.
PSG visit Catalonia for the return leg next Wednesday confident of finishing the job yet Barca are at least fighting on the domestic front.
This was a routine win against poor opposition.
Sporting were 2-0 down after 11 minutes, Messi springing the offside trap to head the first before Rodriguez turned Suarez's cross over his own line.
Suarez did find the net before the interval before Alcacer, on for Suarez, made it 4-1.
The goal of the night belonged to Neymar, the Brazilian curling a delightful free-kick over the Sporting wall and into the top corner of the net.
Sporting's misery was complete thanks to Rakitic's thumping finish, Barca's 17th goal in three games against Gijon.
- 1ter Stegen
- 12RafinhaSubstituted forRobertoat 74'minutes
- 6D Suárez
- 10MessiSubstituted forAndré Gomesat 61'minutes
- 9SuárezSubstituted forAlcácerat 45'minutes
- 11NeymarBooked at 45mins
- 21André Gomes
- 16Castellano Castro
- 29RodríguezBooked at 55mins
- 2Pereira dos SantosSubstituted forRodríguezat 45'minutes
- 10Cases Mora
- 6ÁlvarezSubstituted forVesgaat 76'minutes
- 14Franco AlvizBooked at 24minsSubstituted forLópez Blancoat 59'minutes
- 9CastroBooked at 45mins
- 18López Blanco
- José María Sánchez Martínez
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Barcelona 6, Sporting de Gijón 1.
Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Jean-Sylvain Babin.
Attempt blocked. Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Goal! Barcelona 6, Sporting de Gijón 1. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Sergi Roberto.
Denis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lillo (Sporting de Gijón).
Foul by Paco Alcácer (Barcelona).
Nacho Cases (Sporting de Gijón) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Juan Rodríguez.
Offside, Barcelona. Neymar tries a through ball, but Jordi Alba is caught offside.
Foul by Sergi Roberto (Barcelona).
Víctor Rodríguez (Sporting de Gijón) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona).
Carlos Castro (Sporting de Gijón) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.
Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Elderson Echiéjilé.
Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Iván Cuéllar.
Attempt saved. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Denis Suárez.
Substitution, Sporting de Gijón. Mikel Vesga replaces Sergio Álvarez.