Barcelona beat Deportivo La Coruna by 4-0
Barcelona beat Deportivo La Coruna by 4-0 at the Nou Camp.The goals were scored by Rafinha (21′ minutes, 36′ minutes), Suárez (43′ minutes), Messi (58′ minutes) for barca.
Lionel Messi made a goal-scoring return from a groin injury but it was Rafinha who stole the show in Barcelona’s 4-0 La Liga crushing of 10-man Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.
The Argentina forward, back after three weeks out with a groin problem, scored his side’s fourth seconds after coming off the bench.
Messi showed no signs of rustiness ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Manchester City as he blasted home just three minutes after coming on following a three-match lay-off, but Barca were already cruising thanks to Rafinha.
Rafinha had been central to everything good about Barca during the early exchanges and he broke the deadlock after a clever interchange with Luis Suarez, then added his second nine minutes before the break, pouncing on a rebound and converting an easy finish.
Suarez got in on the act with a lovely effort just before his half-time withdrawal for Paco Alcacer ahead of Wednesday’s crucial fixture, with Messi entering nine minutes after the Spaniard.
He made an almost-instant impact by adding the fourth and Laure’s red card for elbowing Neymar just after the hour mark gave the visitors an even tougher task.
Alcacer was desperately unlucky to not add a fifth on two occasions, heading on to the post in the 71st minute and then hammering at Lux from close range a few moments later.
Wins for Atletico Madrid, Real and Sevilla mean Barcelona remain fourth in the table.
Messi’s display will be particularly pleasing for coach Luis Enrique before the visit of Manchester City in the Champions League next week.