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Barcelona made light work of another potentially difficult away fixture as they thrashed Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 in the Primera Division.

Pep Guardiola’s side won their last away match in La Liga 5-1 at city rivals Espanyol before Christmas and boast a perfect record on the road in the league this term.

That record never looked in doubt once David Villa opened the scoring after 26 minutes and Lionel Messi’s brilliant free-kick at the start of the second half made it another comfortable night for the champions before late goals from Pedro and Andres Iniesta.

Guardiola left Xavi – now the club’s all-time record appearance holder with 550 competitive games in Barca colours – on the bench, along with holding midfielder Sergio Busquets and right-back Dani Alves.

That meant starts for Seydou Keita, Javier Mascherano and Adriano, while Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol were reunited in defence after both missed last weekend’s 2-1 win at home to Levante.

Barca took a while to find their rhythm, but the Catalans went ahead with their first real chance of the night.

That came after 26 minutes, when Messi split the Depor defence with a slide-rule pass and Villa squeezed a low shot past Daniel Aranzubia – who got a touch – from a tight angle at the near post.

Eric Abidal – who scored his first ever Barca goal in four seasons at the club as Guardiola’s side drew 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night – thought he had made it two 11 minutes later, but the France full-back was marginally offside before he beat Aranzubia with a neat finish.

There was nothing wrong with Messi’s strike six minutes into the second period, however.

The Argentina forward bent a beautiful free-kick up and over the wall and into Aranzubia’s top-right corner from 25 yards with his left foot to make it 2-0 to the visitors and net his 18th league goal of the season.

Guardiola applauded from the dugout as his players celebrated.

And they were celebrating again with 12 minutes left, when Iniesta made it 3-0.

The Spain midfielder set off towards the area on a diagonal run and beat Aranzubia – who was unsighted – with a fierce low drive from the edge of the box.

Barely two minutes later, Pedro made it four.

Messi was the creator once more, running to the edge of the box and freeing the unmarked winger, who chipped the ball over the advancing Aranzubia to round off another spectacular night for the Catalan club.

With 18 games played, Barca are provisionally five points ahead of fierce rivals Real Madrid, who host third-placed Villarreal on Sunday.

And there will be more success for the Catalans on Monday, with either Xavi, Messi or Iniesta set to be named as the winner of this year’s Golden Ball.

Depor, meanwhile, stay provisionally in 12th place.

Source: ESPN

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