Pedro fires Barca to victory

Pedro struck a hat-trick while Victor Valdes saved another penalty as Barcelona beat Rayo Vallecano 4-0 in La Liga.

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Pedro: Celebrates one of his goals against Rayo Vallecano

Pedro: Celebrates one of his goals against Rayo Vallecano

Barcelona continued their 100 per cent start to the Primera Division season with an ultimately convincing victory. Spain winger Pedro netted in the 33rd, 47th and 72nd minutes to put Barca in control and Cesc Fabregas added a fourth as Gerardo Martino's men made it five wins from five in La Liga.

Barca goalkeeper Valdes also played his part in the victory with a penalty save from Roberto Trashorras when the score was only 1-0.

Almeria surrendered a two-goal lead in the second half to share the spoils with Levante in a 2-2 draw. The hosts went ahead through a penalty from Jose Antonio Rabasco 'Verza' in the 45th minute with Jesus Joaquin Fernandez 'Suso' doubling the advantage early in the second half.

Christian Fernandez was sent off for the hosts shortly after the goal and Nabil El Zhar put Levante back in contention with a penalty, before Pape Diop completed Joaquin Caparros's side's comeback.

Real Sociedad are still without a win since the first day of the season after being held to a goalless draw by Malaga.

The match was low on incident and the best chances largely came from crosses into the box, with neither side able to capitalise.

The Basques struggled to break down Bernd Schuster's side, who enjoyed the better of the chances, but were wasteful in front of goal.

In the evening's late kick-off Atletico ensured Barca would not finish the day as outright leaders as they claimed a 2-0 win at Valladolid.

Raul Garcia opened the scoring 11 minutes into the second half and Diego Costa added a second in the 72nd minute as Atletico continued their impressive start to the campaign.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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