Barcelona produced a scintillating performance to create a nine-point lead at the top of the table as they beat bitter rivals Real Madrid 3-0 at Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

The hosts were the more dominant side in the first half, but their wastefulness would come back to haunt them in the final 45 minutes. Luis Suarez gave his side the lead less than ten minutes into the second half as Barcelona sliced the Real Madrid defence open.

The lead was doubled ten minutes later as Lionel Messi converted from the spot after Dani Carvajal was sent off for doing the goalkeeper’s job. The win was finally rounded off in the dying stages of the match after some wonderful work by Messi, who set up Aleix Vidal for the goal.

Real Madrid fans were understandably livid, with many calling for Zinedine Zidane’s head as their extremely underwhelming campaign continued on Saturday. Ernesto Valverde, on the other hand, had won the personal battle between the managers.

Meanwhile, Twitter settled the Messi-Ronaldo debate as one led his side to a comfortable win, while the other missed two superb chances.

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