Spanish football giant Barcelona hammered Levante 5-0 on Saturday as Spanish football’s two superpowers warmed up for next weekend’s El-Clasico by preserving their grip on the title race.
Real stretched their winning run to 14 games in all competitions and lead Barcelona by three points with the defending La Liga and European champions having played a game more.
Barca Cesc Fabregas hit two goals for the champions with youngster Isaac Cuenca scoring his second goal for the club while Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez were also on target.
Barca dominated fourth-placed Levante from the start and it took only four minutes for Fabregas to break the deadlock when a clever Andres Iniesta back-flick found the ex-Arsenal captain in plenty of space to slot home with his right foot.
Fabregas extended the lead on 33 minutes, heading home a Xavi Hernandez free-kick, before a sweeping move involving Iniesta and Messi found Cuenca in space on the left to slot home for Barca’s third five minutes later.
Messi finished smoothly on 54 minutes when Dani Alves found him in space on the right to equal Ronaldo on 17 goals as La Liga’s top scorer.
Six minutes later Messi became the provider when he defined another flowing Barca move with a pass for Sanchez who exquisitely chipped Gustavo Munua in the Levante goal.
Next Saturday, Barcelona will play Real Madrid, a very much anticipated match