Messi is out for three weeks but was barely missed as Barca scored five away from home for the second week in a row. Barcelona overcame the absence of Lionel Messi to secure an emphatic La Liga win at 10-man Sporting Gijon with three goals in the final nine minutes.

Sporting captain Alberto Lora was sent off on 74 minutes, before Neymar scored either side of an Arda Turan goal. Luis Suarez rounded the keeper for the first before Rafinha’s diving header put Barca 2-0 up at half-time.

Turan then headed in a terrific cross from his right-back, before Neymar converted a pass from substitute Denis Suarez for Barca, who won 5-1 at Leganes last Saturday. Luis Suarez gave Barcelona the lead after an awkward opening 20 minutes against Sporting.

Paco Alcacer, still chasing his first Barca goal following his move from Valencia, had his first-time shot from a Sergi cross touched against the bar by goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar, with Neymar keeping his feet to control the loose ball and steer it in.