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Rayo Vallecano 1-5 Barcelona

Messi celebrates
Lionel Messi has scored 33 goals this season

Barcelona broke a 27-year-old Spanish record by going 35 games unbeaten in all competitions with a 5-1 thrashing of nine-man Rayo Vallecano.

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick - his 35th - as the hosts fell apart after Ivan Rakitic's opener.

Diego Llorente and Manuel Iturra were both dismissed for Rayo, whose only goal was scored by Manucho.

Luis Suarez also had a penalty saved before Arda Turan completed the rout to move Barcelona eight points clear.

Turan celebrates his first Barcelona goal
Arda Turan's goal was his first for Barcelona

Atletico are second in La Liga, with Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid 12 points behind the leaders in third.

Suarez's miss from the spot means Barcelona have failed to convert half of their 18 penalties this season.

Messi has scored 33 goals this season and now has as many hat-tricks as Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

"I'm pleased with how the season has progressed," said Enrique.

"There is attitude, intensity and finishing. When Barca manages to be like that, you create danger from the first minute and it's hard to stop them."

Line-ups

Rayo Vallecano

  • 13Martín Corral
  • 17Marín Ruiz
  • 27Llorente RíosBooked at 42mins
  • 22Crespo
  • 2Román Triguero
  • 6IturraBooked at 67mins
  • 10Trashorras
  • 11Embarba
  • 12Medina LunaSubstituted forMontiel Caballeroat 56'minutes
  • 23Dias CorreiaSubstituted forAmayaat 70'minutes
  • 9Contreiras GonçalvesSubstituted forGuerra Rodríguezat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Martínez García
  • 4Amaya
  • 8Baena
  • 16Özbiliz
  • 24Guerra Rodríguez
  • 25Rodríguez Oterino
  • 26Montiel Caballero

Barcelona

  • 13Bravo
  • 20Roberto CarnicerSubstituted forVidal Parreuat 72'minutes
  • 3Piqué
  • 14Mascherano
  • 24Mathieu
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forTuranat 66'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forVermaelenat 77'minutes
  • 8Iniesta
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez
  • 11NeymarBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 7Turan
  • 17El Haddadi
  • 18Alba
  • 21Correia
  • 22Vidal Parreu
  • 23Vermaelen
Referee:
Iñaki Vicandi Garrido
Attendance:
13,775

Match Stats

Home TeamRayo VallecanoAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home8
Away20
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Rayo Vallecano 1, Barcelona 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rayo Vallecano 1, Barcelona 5.

Attempt missed. Tito (Rayo Vallecano) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Joni Montiel (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adrián Embarba.

Foul by Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona).

Joni Montiel (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Adrián Embarba (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Javi Guerra.

Booking

Neymar (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

Antonio Amaya (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Rayo Vallecano 1, Barcelona 5. Arda Turan (Barcelona) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jeremy Mathieu with a cross.

Foul by Aleix Vidal (Barcelona).

Javi Guerra (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

Offside, Rayo Vallecano. Joni Montiel tries a through ball, but Adrián Embarba is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Rayo Vallecano. Javi Guerra replaces Manucho.

Offside, Rayo Vallecano. Roberto Trashorras tries a through ball, but Adrián Embarba is caught offside.

Booking

Arda Turan (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Arda Turan (Barcelona).

Tito (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Thomas Vermaelen replaces Sergio Busquets.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Aleix Vidal replaces Sergi Roberto.

Goal!

Goal! Rayo Vallecano 1, Barcelona 4. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sergio Busquets.

Substitution

Substitution, Rayo Vallecano. Antonio Amaya replaces Bebé.

Offside, Barcelona. Andrés Iniesta tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

Offside, Barcelona. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Neymar is caught offside.

Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

José Ángel Crespo (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Penalty saved! Luis Suárez (Barcelona) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

Dismissal

Manuel Iturra (Rayo Vallecano) is shown the red card.

Penalty Barcelona. Sergio Busquets draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Manuel Iturra (Rayo Vallecano) after a foul in the penalty area.

Neymar (Barcelona) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Arda Turan replaces Ivan Rakitic.

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joni Montiel (Rayo Vallecano).

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by José Ángel Crespo (Rayo Vallecano).

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jeremy Mathieu.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 3rd March 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona27223274225269
2Atl Madrid27194439112861
3Real Madrid27176474264857
4Villarreal27158433181553
5Sevilla27128738281044
6Celta Vigo2712693944-542
7Ath Bilbao27125104236641
8Eibar27106114036436
9Valencia2781093230234
10Real Sociedad2797113638-234
11Malaga2788112425-132
12Dep La Coruña2761473436-232
13Real Betis27710102436-1231
14Espanyol2784152653-2728
15Las Palmas2776142940-1127
16Getafe2775152644-1826
17Rayo Vallecano2768133758-2126
18Granada2775152951-2226
19Sporting Gijón2766153048-1824
20Levante2755172551-2620
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