There were two goals for the maestro, Lionel Messi, as he returned to his head down, beat a few defenders and slot the ball calmly home mode against Elche on Sunday evening.
Barcelona were reduced to ten men shortly before the break, Javier Mascherano being sent for an early bath for being a naughty boy and committing a professional foul on Garry Rodrigues, but it didn’t seem to make much difference.
Munir El Haddadi scored on his debut for Barcelona and it was a comfortable 3-0 win for the Catalans.
Celta de Vigo were 3-1 winners against Getafe, with Nolito, Orellana and Larrivey on the scoresheet for the home side and Sammir netting for the vistors.
Javi Lara scored the only goal of the match as Eibar beat Real Sociedad 1-0.