Barcelona thrashed Vallecano, Betis beat Valencia and Galician derby draw
Last Updated: October 27, 2012 10:59pm
Lionel Messi: Scored as Barcelona thrashed Rayo Vallecano 5-0 away from home
Barcelona continued their imperious start to the season by thrashing Rayo Vallecano as the Galician derby ended in a draw.
Lionel Messi scored twice in the second half as Barcelona romped to a 5-0 victory at Vallecano to make it eight wins from nine Primera Liga games this season.
Tito Vilanova's side required just 20 minutes to make the breakthrough when striker David Villa swept home from just inside the area.
The second goal arrived three minutes after half-time when Martin Montoya pulled the ball back from the right and Messi took a touch before rifling home.
A quick-fire double took Barcelona further clear, with Xavi steering the ball home on 78 minutes following an excellent burst down the left by Jordi Alba.
And, two minutes later, Cesc Fabregas got in on the act as the midfielder cushioned a volley beyond Vallecano goalkeeper Ruben following Pedro's cross.
Messi wrapped up the win a minute from time as he collected a through ball and rounded Ruben before slotting into an empty net.
Deportivo La Coruna fought back to claim a 1-1 draw at Celta Vigo in the Galician derby but they could not take advantage of their hosts having to play for almost 40 minutes with 10 men.
Mario Bermejo gave Celta an eighth-minute lead when he pounced on the loose ball after Deportivo goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia could only parry Aspas' rather scuffed shot.
The visitors replied on 29 minutes when Juan Carlos Valeron passed into the path of Juan Dominguez and he slotted home a right-footed shot into the bottom right-hand corner.
Celta were reduced to 10 men seven minutes into the second half after Gustavo Cabral was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Riki.
Real Betis moved up to fourth in the Primera Division after Salva Sevilla's first goal of the season helped them see off Valencia 1-0.
Los Verdiblancos dominated the early stages and went ahead after just nine minutes as Juan Carlos' cross was not properly cleared by Adil Rami and Sevilla slammed home from the edge of the area despite the best efforts of Diego Alves.
Valencia were much improved after the break with Roberto Soldado in particular having his chances but Adrian made a fine save with his legs to repel the Spain international's best effort three minutes from time.
Malaga failed to build on their midweek Champions League success over AC Milan as they were held to a goalless draw by struggling Espanyol at the Cornella El-Prat.
Manuel Pellegrini's side had the better chances but two headers from Martin Demichelis failed to find the target in the first half, while home goalkeeper Cristian Alvarez was called upon in stoppage time to turn Roque Santa Cruz's header wide.
The draw does neither side much good as Espanyol remain in the relegation zone, while Malaga lost further ground on leaders Barcelona.