Barca thrashes Rayo at Camp Nou

Barcelona, Spain ( - Barcelona preserved its position at the top of the La Liga table on Saturday, thrashing Rayo Vallecano in a 6-0 win at Camp Nou.

Gerardo Martino's men improve to 60 points on the season to remain level with Atletico Madrid, though Barcelona holds the pole position in the table with a superior goal difference.

The Catalans needed just 90 seconds to break the deadlock as Adriano cut inside from the left flank and curled a low shot just inside the far post.

Barcelona was two goals to the good by the 36th minute as Cesc Fabregas picked off an arrant pass and slipped a through ball into the path of Lionel Messi, who doubled the home side's advantage with a brilliant chip over the on- rushing Ruben.

Messi turned provider in the 53rd minute when he released Alexis Sanchez through to goal on the right side of the penalty area, allowing the Chilean international to finish off the move by slotting a shot into the bottom corner.

Barcelona immediately added a fourth as Fabregas worked a give-and-go with Andres Iniesta before squaring the ball for Pedro to tuck home from close range.

Messi tacked on a fifth in the 68th minute when he darted to the top of the penalty area to collect a square pass from Sanchez and fire a first-time effort into the back of the net.

Neymar capped the rout in the 89th minute with the pick of the lot as the Brazilian collected possession at mid-field and went it alone before unleashing a shot that dipped into the far upper corner.

Atletico Madrid 3, Valladolid 0

Madrid, Spain - Atletico Madrid bounced back from a disappointing loss at Almeria last time out by earning a 3-0 victory over Valladolid at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday.

The home side was two goals to the good inside the opening five minutes as Raul Garcia and Diego Costa scored in quick succession.

Atletico held the two-goal advantage until the 74th minute when Diego Godin extended the lead with just his second league goal of the season.

The win puts Atletico on 60 points for the season as the club remains neck- and-neck with Barcelona. Valladolid stays third from bottom on 21 points.

Levante 1, Almeria 0

Valencia, Spain - Levante extended its unbeaten La Liga run to six games on Saturday thanks to a 1-0 defeat of Almeria.

David Barral produced the lone goal of the contest as the 30-year-old struck in the 62nd minute to lift Levante to 32 points on the season.

Almeria, which has alternated between victory and defeat over its last five league outings, stays put on 25 points.

Celta Vigo 2, Villarreal 0

Villarreal, Spain - Celta Vigo earned a 2-0 win over Villarreal in Saturday's eventful contest at El Madrigal.

Fabian Orellana opened the scoring for Celta Vigo with just eight minutes to play. The match was halted shortly after when tear gas was thrown onto the pitch, but the visitors managed to double their lead when play resumed thanks to Nolito's late strike.

The win sees Celta Vigo improve to 29 points while Villarreal stays put on 40 points.