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September 21, 2013 2:00 PM EDT
Estadio del Rayo Vallecano (de Vallecas Teresa Rivero) — Madrid
Referee:‬ Clos Gómez‎
Attendance:‬ 11740‎
 
 
Pedro 33′
 
Pedro 47′
 
Pedro 72′
 
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Barcelona
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Rayo Vallecano 0-4 Barcelona: Pedro hat trick seals Blaugrana win

The winger displayed his eye for goal and followed in the footsteps of Lionel Messi by becoming the second Barca player in a week to score three goals

PEDRO RODRÍGUEZ RAYO VALLECANO BARCELONA LA LIGA
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A Pedro hat trick sent Barcelona to a 4-0 win over Rayo Vallecano at Estadio de Vallecas on Saturday as the Blaugrana maintained their perfect start.

The 26-year-old opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when he knocked in a low cross from Lionel Messi, who was making his 250th La Liga appearance, and although Rayo enjoyed plenty of possession, the champions were clinical.

Pedro added two more similar goals in the second half, tapping in passes from Cesc Fabregas and Neymar, before former Arsenal man Fabregas added a fourth for good measure late on.

After its UEFA Champions League exploits against Ajax during the week, Barca made four changes.

Dani Alves, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Alexis Sanchez all missed out, but coach Gerardo Martino had the luxury of being able to recall Martin Montoya, Xavi, Alex Song and Pedro.

The opening 10 minutes saw both sides create excellent chances, as Perea first headed straight at Victor Valdes, while Neymar had an effort blocked just in front of goal.

Barca, though, was clearly on top and eventually made the most of its domination just after the half-hour mark.

Messi, who had been relatively quiet to that point, played a pass into the area for Pedro and the wide man opened up his body and placed a shot into the bottom corner.

The visitors' hard work was nearly undone three minutes later when Adriano brought Roberto Trashorras down in the penalty area, but the former Barcelona youth player's spot kick was pushed away by Valdes.

Any threat of a Rayo upset was effectively extinguished just two minutes into the second half as Barcelona doubled the lead.

Fabregas exploited space between Tito and Arbilla down the left before squaring a ball into the danger area, which Pedro knocked into the roof of the net.

Rayo was afforded a fair share of possession, but Barcelona was the only side which looked like adding to the scoreline, as Messi found himself denied at the near post by goalkeeper Ruben.

And Martino's side put the result beyond doubt with 18 minutes remaining as Pedro completed his hat trick in the simplest fashion. Neymar flew past his marker and played a square pass for the Spain international to tap in.

But there was still time for things to get even better for the visitors, as Fabregas received a pass from Xavi on the edge of the area before curling a low shot into the bottom corner to seal the win.

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Rayo Vallecano

25
Rubén
Goalkeeper
2.50
2
Tito
Defender
46′
2.50
4
2.50
-
Arbilla
Defender
2.00
-
J. Mojica
Defender
2.50
7
Raúl Baena
Midfielder
40′
2.00
17
Trashorras
Midfielder
23′ 36′
2.50
-
Saúl
Midfielder
2.00
16
Perea
Striker
48′
2.50
-
Jonathan Viera
Midfielder
58′
2.00
-
Bueno
Striker
2.00

Barcelona

4.00
1
2.00
2
Montoya
Defender
3.00
3
Piqué
Defender
3.00
21
Adriano
Midfielder
32′
4.00
4
Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
47′ 80′
3.00
6
Xavi
Midfielder
80′ 84′
3.00
14
3.00
17
Alex Song
Midfielder
5.00
7
Pedro
Striker
33′ 47′ 72′ 75′
3.50
10
3.00
11
Neymar
Striker
72′ 80′

Substitutes

1
Cobeño
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
2.50
-
 - 
23
 - 
28
C. Cueva
Midfielder
 - 
-
2.00
-
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
13
 - 
15
Bartra
Defender
 - 
22
 - 
8
 - 
12
 - 
9
 - 
20
Tello
Striker
80′

Coach/Manager

-
3.00

Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
26 4
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0