Yannick Carrasco produced one of the displays of the season, scoring a hat-trick and giving two assists as Atletico Madrid retained their leadership of the La Liga in fine style with a 7-1 win at home to Granada on Saturday.
Granada visited the Vicente Calderon Stadium at the bottom of the table, but with new coach Lucas Alcaraz at the helm and they looked a much more compact outfit in the first half and even took an 18th minute lead thanks to a fine Isaac Cuenca volley.
They held their lead until Carrasco fired home through a crowd of players 10 minutes before halftime and he put Atletico ahead with a deflected shot seconds before the break.
The Belgian then completed his hat-trick after 60 minutes, before Nico Gaitan sealed the win with his first goal two minutes later.
Atletico kept the pressure on and were rewarded by three late goals: Gaitan, Angel Correa and Tiago putting the icing very much on the cake in the 81st, 84th and 86th minute to make it clear that Atletico are serious title contenders.
Not to be outdone, Real Madrid ended a four game run without a win with a 6-1 victory away to Betis. An Alvaro Cejudo own goal put Madrid on their way before goals from Karim Benzema, Marcelo and Isco made it 4-0 at half time against a woeful rival.
Isco’s second and a late goal by Cristiano Ronaldo ended the route and completed Betis’ worst ever home defeat in La Liga.
Leo Messi returned to action after injury but Rafinha was the hero with the first two goals as Barcelona beat Deportivo la Coruna 4-0 in the Camp Nou Stadium.
The Brazilian was on hand in the 20th and 30th minutes to put Barca on track and Luis Suarez made the result safe before halftime when he scored the third of the game.
Messi came on 10 minutes after halftime and almost immediately scored Barca’s fourth and after Deportivo captain, Laure was sent off in the 65th minute, only a series of fine saves from visiting keeper, German Lux kept the score to a respectable level.
Pablo Sarabia’s 84th minute curling shot finally ended Sevilla’s 16 month drought without an away win as they took a thrilling 3-2 victory away to Leganes.
Fran Vazquez and Samir Nasri had looked to have given Sevilla the points as they put the visitors 2-1 up before David Timor and Alexander Szymanowski leveled the score in just two minutes to give Leganes hopes of their first home win of the campaign, only for Sarabia’s goal to send Sevilla home happy after what has been a long wait.