Match ends, Levante 0, Barcelona 5.
Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a crushing victory over Levante as Luis Enrique's team continued their perfect start to the season.
Messi set up Neymar to give the visitors the lead before missing a first-half penalty after he was fouled by Loukas Vyntra, who was sent off.
Barcelona doubled their lead through Ivan Rakitic, before Messi's pass allowed Sandro Ramirez to make it 3-0.
Pedro made it 4-0 and Messi added a fifth as Barcelona went top of La Liga.
|Lionel Messi has been directly involved in more goals than any other player in La Liga this season (three goals, four assists)|
Sevilla had earlier leapfrogged Barca after a 3-1 win at Cordoba.
But the 22-time champions of Spain went two points clear at the summit after their biggest win since Enrique took charge in the summer.
The Catalans have won all four league games, scoring 11 times, and have yet to concede.
They also edged past Apoel Nicosia 1-0 in the Champions League group stage on 17 September.
This win was every bit as comfortable as the scoreline suggests, although there was one moment of concern when Neymar landed awkwardly after a challenge.
The Brazil forward eventually climbed to his feet before being helped off the pitch with what appeared to be an ankle problem.
However, the injury is not thought to be serious, with Neymar clearly disappointed that he was not allowed to continue.
Barcelona are next in action on Wednesday when they travel to mid-table Malaga, while Sevilla entertain Real Sociedad on the same evening.
- 1Fernández Collado
- 19López Muñoz
- 6VyntraBooked at 41mins
- 3García Aranda
- 23DiopSubstituted forSissokoat 61'minutes
- 24Mate Junior
- 11Morales NogalesBooked at 39minsSubstituted forIvanschitzat 58'minutes
- 18Casadesús Castaño
- 7BarralSubstituted forGarcía Santosat 72'minutes
- 8El Zhar
- 10García Santos
- 20Pérez Alonso
- 22Alves da Silva
- 14MascheranoBooked at 36mins
- 5BusquetsBooked at 43minsSubstituted forHernándezat 62'minutes
- 8IniestaSubstituted forRoberto Carnicerat 71'minutes
- 11NeymarSubstituted forRamírezat 51'minutes
- 1ter Stegen
- 20Roberto Carnicer
- 31El Haddadi
- José Luis González González
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Levante 0, Barcelona 5.
Foul by Sergi Roberto (Barcelona).
Mohamed Sissoko (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Dani Alves (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pedro.
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Toño (Levante).
Offside, Barcelona. Ivan Rakitic tries a through ball, but Dani Alves is caught offside.
Goal! Levante 0, Barcelona 5. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
Attempt saved. Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi.
Attempt blocked. Rubén García (Levante) left footed shot from long range on the right is blocked. Assisted by Pedro López.
Foul by Pedro (Barcelona).
Simao (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Levante. Rubén García replaces David Barral.
Substitution, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto replaces Andrés Iniesta.
Attempt missed. Casadesús (Levante) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Offside, Barcelona. Andrés Iniesta tries a through ball, but Dani Alves is caught offside.
Offside, Barcelona. Andrés Iniesta tries a through ball, but Jordi Alba is caught offside.
Offside, Levante. Pedro López tries a through ball, but Casadesús is caught offside.
Goal! Levante 0, Barcelona 4. Pedro (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordi Alba.