BARCELONA - Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all struck as Barcelona leapfrogged Real Madrid to the top of La Liga with a 6-1 thrashing of Sporting Gijon on Wednesday.
Madrid trail their title rivals by two points but have two games in hand and can reclaim top spot when Las Palmas visit the Santiago Bernabeu later on Wednesday.
Suarez and Messi were afforded an early night as they were both substituted in the second half with Barca's minds already turning to their Champions League rescue mission from 4-0 down against Paris Saint-Germain in a week's time.
Boss Luis Enrique continued his experiment with a 3-4-3 formation in an attempt to rediscover the Catalans' top form after their thrashing in Paris.
However, it was the talent of the "MSN" front three allied to some awful Sporting defending that ensured an easy night for Barca despite some defensive problems of their own.
- Title: 'MSN' send Barca top in Sporting rout
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