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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."


Rayo Vallecano

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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


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


Formation 4-3-3

  • 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


  • 1ter Stegen
  • 7Turan
  • 17El Haddadi
  • 18Alba
  • 21Correia
  • 22Vidal Parreu
  • 23Vermaelen
Iñaki Vicandi Garrido

Match Stats

Home TeamRayo VallecanoAway TeamBarcelona
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rayo Vallecano 1, Barcelona 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rayo Vallecano 1, Barcelona 5.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    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.

  8. Booking

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

  10. Post update

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

  11. 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.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Aleix Vidal (Barcelona).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Rayo Vallecano. Javi Guerra replaces Manucho.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Booking

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Arda Turan (Barcelona).

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 3rd March 2016

As It Stood

2Atl Madrid27194439112861
3Real Madrid27176474264857
6Celta Vigo2712693944-542
7Ath Bilbao27125104236641
10Real Sociedad2797113638-234
12Dep La Coruña2761473436-232
13Real Betis27710102436-1231
15Las Palmas2776142940-1127
17Rayo Vallecano2768133758-2126
19Sporting Gijón2766153048-1824
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