Rayo are in serious trouble now.
A whirlwind start to the first half has been completely eclipsed by events at the beginning of the second half at the Nou Camp.
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Firstly, defender Gerard Pique scored his sixth goal of the season to double Barcelona’s lead.
Striker Luis Suarez won a penalty, after being held in the area by Rayo defender Tito who was subsequently sent off. Lionel Messi – who stepped up to take the penalty – was spared too much embarrassment, as he was allowed to take the spot-kick again, after the Vallecano players appeared to move back into the box before the Argentinian had taken the kick. He atoned for his mistake, and made the score 3-0.
The little wizard added his second of the game around the hour mark, by tapping in from a couple of yards, following Alcarez’s save from Suarez’s shot.