Barcelona respond to Madrid with crushing win (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Barcelona have opened up an 11-point lead in the La-Liga with a 5-0 smashing of Real Betis on the road on Sunday evening.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored twice apiece in ensuring the Catalan giants maintained a healthy lead over champions Real Madrid, who had earlier demolished Deportivo La Coruna 7-1

Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring for the Blaugrana in the 58th minute, after the home side had proved hard nut to crack.

Thereafter, top goalscorer Messi and the in-form Suarez took turns in adding to the scoring.

Barcelona remain the only unbeaten club in Europe’s top five leagues.