Barca continues stunning start with defeat of Eibar

Barcelona, Spain ( - Barcelona continued its dominant start to the La Liga season by cruising to a 3-0 defeat of Eibar at Camp Nou on Saturday.

The Catalans, who have taken 22 points thus far, have yet to concede a goal through the opening eight games of the season.

But while Barcelona managed to keep Eibar scoreless, the hosts were kept in check for much of Saturday's contest as well.

Xavi, however, managed to break the deadlock at the hour mark with his first goal of the campaign, getting on the end of Lionel Messi's splitting pass before chipping home a shot from close range.

That strike opened the floodgates as Neymar and Messi added a goal apiece shortly after.

Neymar doubled Barcelona's advantage in the 72nd minute by smashing a cross from Dani Alves into the back of the net with a first-time volley.

Messi then wrapped up the affair two minutes later, sliding a left-footed shot off the post and into the back of the net for his 250th career La Liga goal.

Real Madrid kept pace with Barcelona by cruising to a convincing 5-0 victory at Levante on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo got the visitors off the mark with a penalty kick in the 13th minute while Javier Hernandez doubled Madrid's advantage in the 38th minute.

Ronaldo made it three in the 61st minute and James Rodriguez added a fourth five minutes later while Isco chipped in with a late goal eight minutes from time to complete the rout.

The win was Real Madrid's fifth straight in league play, but the manner in which the club has dismantled its opponents has been most impressive. The Merengues have demolished teams by a combined score of 25-3 over their five- game winning run, bringing the club to second place in the table on 18 points.

Athletic Bilbao's slow start to the season continued on Saturday as the club was held to 1-1 draw by Celta Vigo.

Artiz Aduriz had put Bilbao in front with a penalty in the sixth minute, but Celta Vigo collected a share of the spoils thanks to Nolito's strike in the 73rd minute.

Wrapping up Saturday's La Liga slate, Samuel Garcia and Nordin Amrabat notched a goal apiece to lift Malaga to a 2-1 win over Cordoba.