Barcelona won 4-0 at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday to maintain their 100% start to the 2013/14 La Liga season.
Pedro Rodriguez’s hat-trick was complimented by Cesc Fabregas’ late curler to help the defending champions seat at the summit of the table on 15 points from five games.
Spain’s number one goalkeeper Victor Valdes kept out a Roberto Trashorras’ penalty after Adriano fouled the Rayo captain.
Atletico Madrid trail the Baulgranas with 12 points followed by Villareal and Real Madrid, which hosts Getafe on Sunday, on 10 points.
Lionel Messi and Neymar came close to opening scoring for Barca during the first 30 minutes of the first-half before Pedro found corner of the host team’s goal with an angled shot, following a jinking run from the Argentine superstar.
The striker got his second goal two minutes after the interval when he smashed high into the net a powerful shot, from a Fabregas low ball.
The Spain international completed his hat-trick with a tap-in after Neymar had squared the ball to him in the last 20 minutes.
Fabregas added Barca’s fourth to the delight of the traveling fans a the Campo de Vallecas.
In the other La Liga matches played on Saturday, Real Sociedad played out a goalless draw against Malaga while 10-man Almeria lost a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 a home to Levante.