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Barcelona 5-2 Rayo Vallecano

Neymar scores his second penalty for Barcelona against Rayo Vallecano
Barcelona have been awarded more penalties this season than any other team in the major leagues in Europe

Neymar scored four times, including two penalties, as Barcelona beat Rayo Vallecano to go level on points with La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

Barca recovered from going behind to an early Javi Guerra goal as they won for the second time in four league games.

Neymar made up for the absence of the injured Lionel Messi as he was twice fouled and scored from the spot.

He then netted twice in two second-half minutes before Luis Suarez tapped in ahead of Jozabed's late reply.

Relive how Neymar inspired Barcelona to victory here.

Neymar celebrates his hat-trick against Rayo Vallecano
Neymar became the first Brazilian to score four goals in a La Liga game since Julio Baptista for Sevilla against Racing in 2004

Neymar, 23, now has eight goals for the season to make him the leading scorer in La Liga.

The Brazil international could have added even more after missing a number of first-half chances and being denied two further strong penalty claims.

That all happened after former Cardiff striker Guerra had side-footed the visitors in front after 14 minutes from a cross from ex-Manchester United forward Bebe.

Rayo created plenty more chances of their own and finished the game having had more possession than the home side - repeating the feat they managed as the last team to do similar in a league fixture against Barca two years ago.

Barcelona were indebted to goalkeeper Claudio Bravo for making a number of crucial saves early in the second half when they led just 2-1.

Javi Guerra celebrates scoring for Rayo Vallecano at Barcelona
Barcelona have conceded 11 goals in eight La Liga games, compared to zero last season

But Rayo had conceded six goals on their last two visits to the Nou Camp and the Madrid side were swamped again after Neymar followed up a shot from Suarez to drive the ball into the roof of the net and complete his hat-trick with 20 minutes to go.

He quickly added a fourth from Suarez's pass before returning the favour for the former Liverpool striker to side-foot home his seventh goal of the season as the defending champions' attacking power made up for their on-going defensive deficiencies.

Line-ups

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Bravo
  • 6Alves da SilvaSubstituted forPereira dos Santosat 78'minutes
  • 3PiquéBooked at 79mins
  • 24Mathieu
  • 18Alba
  • 4Rakitic
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forGumbauat 76'minutes
  • 20Roberto Carnicer
  • 19RamírezSubstituted forEl Haddadiat 56'minutes
  • 9Suárez
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Pereira dos Santos
  • 14Mascherano
  • 15Bartra
  • 17El Haddadi
  • 21Correia
  • 28Gumbau

Rayo Vallecano

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Rodríguez Martínez
  • 3Martínez GarcíaSubstituted forDorado Ramírezat 45'minutesBooked at 49mins
  • 27Llorente RíosBooked at 21mins
  • 18Rosa Vale Castro
  • 15Rat
  • 10Trashorras
  • 21Sánchez Ruiz
  • 19Bangoura
  • 20Ebert
  • 23Dias CorreiaSubstituted forEmbarbaat 71'minutes
  • 24Guerra Rodríguez

Substitutes

  • 5Dorado Ramírez
  • 7Fedor Flores
  • 8Baena
  • 9Contreiras Gonçalves
  • 11Embarba
  • 13Martín Corral
  • 30Campos Tablada
Referee:
Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero
Attendance:
73,805

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamRayo Vallecano
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home14
Away22
Shots on Target
Home9
Away8
Corners
Home7
Away10
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 5, Rayo Vallecano 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 5, Rayo Vallecano 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Patrick Ebert (Rayo Vallecano).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adrián Embarba (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jozabed.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Jeremy Mathieu.

  7. Post update

    Roberto Trashorras (Rayo Vallecano) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 5, Rayo Vallecano 2. Jozabed (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lass (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jozabed.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Rayo Vallecano. Conceded by Jordi Alba.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Javi Guerra (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick Ebert.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Patrick Ebert (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jozabed (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Patrick Ebert following a set piece situation.

  15. Booking

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Douglas replaces Dani Alves.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 5, Rayo Vallecano 1. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Neymar with a cross.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Gerard Gumbau replaces Sergio Busquets.

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