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Spanish Primera BBVA

Camp Nou (ATT 70,005) 5th October 2013 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: F Teixeira Vitienes

Barcelona Barcelona vs Real Valladolid Valladolid

Barcelona 4

A Sanchez (14, 64)
Xavi (52)
Neymar (70)


Valladolid 1

J Guerra (10)

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Routine win for Barca

Last Updated: 05/10/13 11:18pm

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Barcelona bounced back from going a goal down

Barcelona bounced back from going a goal down

Barcelona recovered from the surprise of going behind early on against Real Valladolid to continue their record-breaking start to the Primera Division season with a 4-1 triumph.

Valladolid had not won away since February but they stunned the Nou Camp by taking a 10th-minute lead through Javi Guerra's glancing header from a corner.

That was the first time Barcelona had trailed in La Liga or Europe this season but they were behind for just four minutes before Alexis Sanchez drew them level with a thunderous shot.

Xavi, Alexis and Neymar then added second-half goals as dominant Barca made it eight wins from eight in the league and open up a three-point lead over Atletico Madrid, who host Celta Vigo on Sunday.

With the likes of Lionel Messi, Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano out injured, and Spain trio Andres Iniesta, Pedro Rodriguez and Sergio Busquets only on the bench, Valladolid might have felt a first win at the Nou Camp since 1997 could be within their capabilities.

And that briefly seemed a possibility when Guerra rose above Adriano to head Patrick Ebert's corner past Victor Valdes.

However, Valladolid barely had any time to enjoy being ahead against the Spanish champions before Barca equalised with an unstoppable rising strike from Alexis from outside the box.

After that it was pretty much all Barca and the only real surprise was that it took them so long to go ahead.

Visiting goalkeeper Diego Marino did well to keep out Neymar's shot with his feet before the break but there was no denying Xavi in the 52nd minute as the veteran playmaker side-footed home Cristian Tello's pass from near the penalty spot.

Tello then saw a spectacular 25-yard shot crash against the bar as Barca sought a third goal, which duly arrived in clinical fashion in the 63rd minute.

Xavi robbed Valladolid of the ball on the halfway before immediately feeding Neymar on the edge of the visiting side's box, and the Brazilian then laid the ball off into Alexis' path for the Chile winger to roll a first-time shot under Marino.

Alexis might have been celebrating a hat-trick in the 70th minute but, instead of shooting with only Marino to beat when eight yards out, he opted to lay the ball inside to Neymar, who took a touch before slotting home Barca's fourth of the night to complete the scoring.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 28 68
2 Real Madrid 28 64
3 Valencia 28 60
4 Atletico Madrid 28 59
5 Sevilla 28 55
6 Villarreal 28 49
7 Malaga 28 44
8 Athletic Bilbao 28 39
9 Real Sociedad 28 36
10 Celta Vigo 28 35
11 Rayo Vallecano 28 35
12 Espanyol 28 34
13 Getafe 28 29
14 Eibar 28 28
15 Elche 28 27
16 Deportivo La Coruna 28 26
17 Almeria 28 25
18 Levante 28 25
19 Granada 28 23
20 Cordoba 28 18