La Liga: Week four review

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Barcelona remain the team to beat at the conclusion of week four in La Liga, but Real Madrid also got back to winning ways as the Spanish season continues to build nicely.

Luis Enrique’s men made it four wins from four to stay top of La Liga with a 5-0 win over Levante, and have now amassed 11 goals so far without reply.

Five-star Barca look strong

Neymar broke the deadlock after 34 minutes and Ivan Rakitic doubled the lead at the break, after Lionel Messi had missed a penalty following Loukas Vyntra’s controversial red card.

Substitute Sandro Ramirez made it three before Pedro rounded off a neat move for number four. Messi then completed the scoring 13 minutes from time when he pounced on an error from Jesus Fernandez, as his side maintained their 100% start to the season.

Madrid smash home 8 in resounding rout

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Carlo Ancelotti’s men got back to winning ways in the league in emphatic style.

He opened the scoring with a brilliant header before a wonderful James Rodriguez effort made it two, and the World Player of the year got his second when he shot into an empty net after German Lux brought down Karim Benzema.

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Hernandez bags a brace from the bench

Haris Medunjanin pulled one back for the hosts at the restart after a Sergio Ramos handball, but Gareth Bale restored the three-goal advantage midway through the half.

He got his second with an instinctive finish from Isco’s through ball, before Ronaldo completed his hat-trick after Rodriguez stole the ball on the edge of the area.

Toche headed in Isaac Cuenca’s cross to give Depor a consolation, but Javier Hernandez came off the bench to fire home his first goals for Real with two wonderful strikes.

Defending champions held by Celta

Atletico Madrid were held by Celta Vigo at Vicente Calderon as they slipped four points behind Barca.

Pablo Hernandez opened the scoring for the visitors with the most audacious of flicks from a long ball downfield, but goals from centre-halves Joao Miranda and Diego Godin turned the game around for Diego Simeone’s side.

Nolito equalised from the spot in the second-half after Miranda brought down Carles Planas, though Atleti later had two goals ruled out for offside and in the end had to settle for a point.

Getafe 0-3 Valencia

Nuno Espirito Santo’s men went second in La Liga after another brilliant attacking display from his young side.

Paco Alcacer was on target again while Andre Gomes and Rodrigo, who was later sent off for two bookings, completed the scoring for El Tri.

Cordoba 1-3 Sevilla

Carlos Bacca scored twice for the UEFA Europa League holders, while Stephane Mbia was also on target as they maintained their unbeaten start.

Garcia Borja scored a consolation for the hosts who are still searching for their first win.

Villarreal 4-2 Rayo Vallecano

It was a game of two halves at El Madrigal as Gael Kakuta and Alberto Bueno put the visitors 2-0 up, but Javier Espinosa pulled one back before the break.

Mateo Musacchio levelled things up in the second half, before Luciano Vietto came off the bench to score twice and seal victory for the hosts.

Espanyol 2-2 Malaga

Four goals were shared in an entertaining game at Cornella-El Prat.

Felipe Caicedo opened the scoring for the hosts, before Ignacio Camacho levelled early in the second half.

Christian Stuani looked to have won the game with two minutes to go, but Duda popped up deep into stoppage-time to give the visitors a share of the spoils.

Real Sociedad 1-2 Almeria

Francisco Rodriguez’s side notched up a shock win at the Anoeta, as an Alberto de la Bella own goal opened the scoring for them.

Mauro Dos Santos doubled the lead before Sebastien Dubarbier was sent off for a second bookable offence. Gonzalo Castro came off the bench to grab a consolation for the hosts but couldn’t deny the visitors a first win.

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Granada

Bilbao’s shaky start to the season continued as they suffered a surprise defeat at San Mames. The defining moment came when Jhon Cordoba pounced on an error from Ander Iturraspe for the winning goal.

Elche 0-2 Eibar

The Segunda Division champions notched up their second win of the season, as first-half goals from Daniel Carrillo and Raul Albentosa sealed the three points at Martinez Valero.

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