Neymar and Luis Suarez took over in Messi's absence, leaving Barcelona tied on points with Real Madrid, which plays at Las Palmas later Saturday.
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona didn't show any signs of missing
Barcelona and Madrid lead by two points from Sevilla, which plays at
Messi couldn't play because of a groin injury in the 1-1 draw against
Coach Luis Enrique filled the midfield with Turan, Rafinha, and
Sporting played with 10 men from the 74th as captain
Suarez put Barcelona on the board inside half an hour after a pass by Turan into open space, clearing the goalkeeper before easily finding the open net. Rafinha added to the lead with a header from close range after a cross by Roberto, who made a run through the right flank after a perfect through ball by Neymar.
Neymar scored after
Sporting, which dropped to 12th in the standings, also lost 5-0 at Atletico Madrid two rounds ago.