Barcelona goes past Sporting Gijon with five goals
Barcelona also knows the way of winning without Leo Messi. At El Molinon, without the Argentinian and against a very brave team like Sporting Gijon, Barcelona won with goals from Suárez and Rafinha before half time and another three in the last part of the match.
Luis Enrique made squad rotations again. Andre Gomes was in the line-up and Arda Turan played as a midfielder, with Rafinha upfront joining Neymar and Suárez.
It was difficult to play Barcelona's normal game and the team lacked passing and were losing balls too easily. Even Ter Stegen suffered a little bit when he touched a ball with his hands outside the area. However, when the goals came, the calm too. In just three minutes, Suarez and Rafinha had finished the game before half time.
Everything was even easier when Lora was sent off for a double yellow card. Alcacer and Denis Suárez had minutes in the last part and Neymar scored a couple of goals. Arda Turan also scored. Barcelona didn't shine without Messi, but they win.