- Luis Suarez scores four for second game in a row
- Barca remains top of La Liga with three games remaining
- Top three separated by a single point
Barca had started the day top of La Liga yet found itself back in third position by the time its game kicked-off after earlier victories for Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid had moved the capital sides above their Catalan rivals.
Lionel Messi soon eased any home-crowd worries that the Barca would finish the day anywhere other than back on top spot with an early headed goal.
Suarez doubled Barca's advantage just beyond the hour mark before grabbing two more from the penalty spot.
A third penalty was dispatched by Neymar on 85 minutes after Ognjen Vranjes was shown a second yellow card for nudging the Brazilian in the box, to the dismay of Sporting's players.