The final result was a smashing 4 - 0 victory by FC Barcelona over the visitors Rayo Vallecano who paid the "price" against a doubted & questioned Barça. The Catalans have been questioned from Madrid & from their own local press on whether they have lost the edge in their play & in the Spanish League with rival Real Madrid ahead on the ladder with a 6 point gap ( now 3 until we know the outcome of the Sporting Gijon - Real Madrid clash this weekend).
Barça answered all their critics where they know best, which is on the field with outstanding performances from Xavi Hernandez & ALEXIS SANCHEZ, the last finally showing why Barça paid so much for the Chilean International.
His were the two first goals in the 28th min & the 40th min with sleath like actions. The third was for DAVID VILLA in the 42 nd min, a goal that also helps shut a few mouths around town. The fourth was from LIONEL MESSI in the 49th min, who played well but sinned tonight on various occasions of individual play.
After the fourth goal, Barça took the foot off the accelerator & paced the match to a "smooth" rhythm. This allowed Rayo Vallecano to get closer to the Barça goal but without any real danger.
The end result was a message to all concerned that this Barça has still something to say this season, & beware of shaking the "dragon" too much as it may get angry!