Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani
Alves, Puyol, Piqué (Abidal 09'), Maxwell; Thiago, Xavi, Iniesta (Keita
71'); Pedro (Adriano 73'), Messi, David Villa. 4-3-3.
Racing: Toño; Francis, Alvaro, Bernardo, Christian; Tziolis (Edu Bedía 54'), Diop (Torrejón 82'); Jairo Sampeiro, Munitis, Adrián González; Mamadou Koné (Arana 65'). 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 11. Messi. Picked up Iniesta return pass and ran round Toño to score.
2-0. 27. Xavi. Came from behind to head Pedro's lofted cross past keeper.
3-0. 68. Messi. Drove ball back in to net after Iniesta shot came back off post.
Yellow cards: Diop 20', Edu Bedía 79'.
Barcelona hold on to top spot for another week at least after an easy 3-0 victory on Saturday evening over a Racing Santander side who have not won in the Nou camp for 28 years. Guardiola's team had it wrapped up early on, Messi collecting Iniesta's pass before carving through the visiting defence to open the scoring in the eleventh minute, and Xavi heading a second midway through the first half from Pedro's cross. Racing's only reply was a speculative shot from youngster Koné, and Puyol, Villa and Messi all shot wide before Messi scored the third after Iniesta's shot came back off the post twenty minutes after the interval. Messi and Villa could have added to the lead after that, but with a Champions League game coming up midweek they called it a day. Barça are once more on song, and with an aggregate goal difference of 21-0 in their first four home games it seems that only Real Madrid can stand in the way of a fourth consecutive league title.