Rayo: Rubén; Tito (Nacho 46'), Arbilla,
Gálvez, Mojica; Trashorras, Raúl Baena, Saúl
Ñíguez; Alberto Perea (Adri Embarba 48'), Alberto Bueno, Jonathan
Viera (Larrivey 57'). 4-3-3.
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Montoya, Piqué, Mascherano, Adriano; Xavi (Jonathan Dos Santos 83'), Alex Song, Fàbregas; Pedro (Iniesta 62'), Messi, Neymar (Tello 79'). 4-3-3.
0-1. 33. Pedro. Picked up Messi pass and struck angled shot across Rubén.
0-2. 47. Pedro. Turned ball in on far post after Fàbregas crossed in from left.
0-3. 72. Pedro. From close to goal after Fàbregas and Neymar combined.
0-4. 79. Fàbregas. Steered shot past keeper after Xavi intercepted bad pass.
Yellow cards: Trashorras 22', Adriano 31', Raúl Baena 39'.
Barcelona stay at the top of the table after they beat Rayo Vallecano 0-4 on Saturday evening, a repeat of their midweek Champions League match against Ajax. This time though it was Pedro rather than Messi who scored the hat-trick, the first coming with just over half an hour gone following a good run by Messi himself. Before that Neymar had had a shot cleared off the line, but Valdés also had to save an early header from Perea, and Montoya almost put through his own net with a wayward back-pass which went just wide of the post. With ten minutes to go to the break Rayo were awarded a penalty when Adriano bundled in to Trashorras, but for the second time in three days Valdés dived to his right to keep out the ex Barcelona B midfielder's spot kick. After the restart however Barça took control, Pedro scoring his second from a Fàbregas cross and then completing his first hat-trick for the club after Neymar set him up. Neymar hit the post in between and Messi had an effort saved by Rubén, and with ten minutes to go Fàbregas completed the scoring after Xavi intercepted a poor clearance and passed in for the ex Arsenal man to score his first of the new campaign. Rayo kept at it though, Valdés having to keep out a Saúl header in injury time, and their consolation was that they are the first team in five years to have more possession of the ball than Barcelona over the ninety minutes. Tonight that didn't count for much though, and Paco Jémez's side find themselves in the relegation spots for the first time in ten years.