Brilliant Barca set La Liga standard
La Liga: Round 4 review
Barcelona stole the show in Spain this weekend, with the reigning La Liga champions smashing Osasuna for eight in their clash at the Nou Camp.
Coming off back-to-back draws against Real Sociedad and AC Milan in domestic and European competitions, the Catalan giants set about dismantling Los Rojillos with a stunning first-half display that saw Barca score five and hit the woodwork twice.
An 8-0 full-time scoreline did not flatter the hosts, with Lionel Messi continuing his imperious run of form, scoring a hat-trick and taking his tally to five goals in three games thus far. Cesc Fabregas continued his fine form with a goal and a couple of assists, whilst David Villa (2), Xavi and a Roversio OG completed the scorers.
The result was made even sweeter by Real Madrid's inability to overcome Levante at Ciutat de València, with Juan Ignacio Martínez's side shocking last season's runners-up in a 1-0 upset.
Arouna Kone finished brilliantly past Iker Casillas midway through the second period, firing what turned out to be the winner into the roof of the net after a swift counter attack from the hosts caught Jose Mourinho's side cold.
A Sami Khedira red card before half-time had not made Los Blancos' task any easier, but The Special One made his intentions clear when introducing Cristiano Ronaldo at half-time after leaving the Portuguese superstar on the bench for the start of the match. It was not enough, and the initiative was handed to Barca, who had won 24 hours earlier.
It's Valencia who sit atop the La Liga tree though, with Roberto Soldado's 30th minute strike enough to claim all three points against Sporting Gijon at El Molinón.
The Spanish international striker has scored five goals already this term, helping Los Che to a perfect start and top spot ahead of Real Betis.
Last season's Segunda Division champion have also won their first three games this term, adding a 3-2 win at Athletic Bilbao to victories against Granada and Mallorca.
Benat, Nacho and Salva Sevilla scored the goals for the Verdiblancos, who also had defender Mario sent off in the 90 minutes.
Elsewhere in the division, and Sevilla sit fourth in the division after their 1-0 win against Sociedad, with former Spurs striker Frederic Kanoute scoring the only goal on 53 minutes.
Malaga continued their solid start to the season with a 1-0 win at Mallorca, whilst Rayo Vallecano got their first win of the season at Getafe to continue an unbeaten start to the campaign.
A Radamel Falcao hat-trick helped Atletico Madrid get their season on track with a 4-0 win over Racing Santander, whilst Granada also got their first win of the campaign with a 1-0 win over Villarreal, who sit second bottom after the opening three matches.
Real Zaragoza beat Espanyol thanks to Luis Garcia's injury-time winner, adding to his earlier strike in the match to move up to mid-table in the division, two places ahead of their opponents.