Barcelona produced a clinic display in the final third to hammer Real Sociedad 6-1 in their LaLiga clash this evening.
Lionel Messi marked his record-breaking appearance for the Catalan club with a brace, while Sergino Dest also notched two goals.
Dest’s finish was unerring into the bottom corner, and in coming so quickly after Antoine Griezmann’s opener it took any belief the home side had of pulling off an upset away.
His second of the game was far less orthodox, with Dest rewarded for offering himself as a target for Jordi Alba at the back post when the attempted clearance bounced off him and past goalkeeper Alex Remiro.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner got himself on the scoresheet here with a finish for Barca’s fourth and a swept strike for the sixth, and in the week the club’s new president, Joan Laporta, made an impassioned plead for him to sign a new contract.
The signs are this Barca team are finally playing at a level suitable of their long–time leader.
Dembele, who remember is still just 23, continues to get better having been given a run of games, and celebrated his recall to the France squad this week with a fine individual goal to make the score 5-0
Antoine Griezmann too found the back of the net for the visitors.
The French forward, who opened the scoring in the rout that took Barcelona back to second place in La Liga, just four points behind stumbling leaders Atletico Madrid, turned 30 on the day he scored his eighth goal of the campaign.
Coach Koeman was also blowing out the candles – 58 of them. And Jordi Alba was celebrating his 32nd birthday.
Ander Barrenetxea scored a stunning consolation goal for Sociedad, but it was a night to forget for Imanol Alguacil’s men.
Barcelona close within a point of Atletico Madrid at the top of the table with their fifth win on the bounce in the league.
Real Sociedad have to pick themselves up for their next outing when they take on Athletic Bilbao in the delayed 2019/20 Copa del Rey final.
Barcelona are next in action after the international break against Real Valladolid at Camp Nou on April 5.