Ronaldo sets Real Madrid record
A review of the weekend's action in Spain's La Liga, as Cristiano Ronaldo became Real Madrid's all-time top scorer.
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Cristiano Ronaldo became Real Madrid's all-time top scorer and Neymar netted four goals as Real Madrid and Barcelona enjoyed comfortable Primera Division victories on Saturday.
Rafael Benitez's side saw off Levante 3-0 on Saturday afternoon to go top of the standings, and they were joined on the 18-point mark by arch rivals Barca in the evening after Luis Enrique's champions overcame Rayo Vallecano 5-2.
Ronaldo hit his 324th goal in 310 games for Madrid just three minutes after Marcelo had given the hosts the lead midway through the first half, moving ahead of Raul as the club's leading marksman.
Although Levante had made a positive start to the game, Ronaldo's strike gave Madrid a convincing lead going into half-time, and substitute Jese rounded off the win late on with a terrific individual goal to take Los Blancos to the summit of La Liga.
At the Nou Camp, a couple of hours later, Neymar stepped up to the plate in style when charged with the task of stepping into the boots of the absent Lionel Messi.
Rayo took a shock lead on 14 minutes through Javi Guerra, but Neymar turned the game on its head by winning and scoring two penalties before half-time.
The visitors squandered a couple of chances to level in the second half and were made to pay by the Brazilian, who scored twice more in the space of a minute and then laid on a classy cross for Luis Suarez to bag the fifth. Rayo's Jozabed hit a late consolation goal, but it was very much Neymar's night.
Celta Vigo joined the Spanish heavyweights on 18 points after claiming a dramatic 2-1 win at previous leaders Villarreal on Sunday.
Celta, who along with Real are the only two sides still boasting an unbeaten record in La Liga, took the lead against the run of play at El Madrigal through Fabian Orellana's 41st-minute strike - their first shot of the game.
Villarreal, despite having centre-back Eric Bailly sent off just after the restart, drew level through Denis Suarez in the 67th minute but it was Celta who took the spoils thanks to Nolito's last-gasp winner.
Next up for the Galician outfit is a home match against Real Madrid - the last club to beat Celta in a competitive fixture with April's 4-2 victory at Balaidos.
Two points behind the top three are Atletico Madrid, who defeated Real Sociedad 2-0 at Anoeta to record their first win in three.
Former Sociedad forward Antoine Griezmann scored a stunning individual goal to put Atletico ahead early on and substitute Yannick Ferreira Carrasco sealed the points in the last minute to pile more pressure on La Real coach David Moyes.
Sociedad, who finished with nine men after seeing Diego Reyes and Jonathas sent off late on, have now won just one of their opening eight games and are level on six points with third-bottom Levante.
There was also disappointment for Sociedad's big rivals Athletic Bilbao, who led 2-0 with nine minutes to go at Deportivo La Coruna but ended up having to settle for a draw.
Goals from Inaki Williams and Raul Garcia had looked to have set Athletic on course for a comfortable victory, but high-flying Depor fought back superbly and late strikes from Lucas Perez (80) and Alejandro Arribas (89) saw the points shared.
Also on Sunday, Getafe comfortably beat 10-man Las Palmas 4-0 to record a third straight home win. Victor Rodriguez took advantage of the visitors' risky defending to open the scoring after just three minutes and then Pablo Sarabia headed in from close range in the 11th minute to double the advantage.
The Madrid side never looked in danger of losing their lead and their task was made easier when Emmanuel Culio was given a straight red card late in the second half, and then Celtic loanee Stefan Scepovic rounded off the win by scoring twice in the closing minutes.
On Saturday, Sevilla came from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw at Eibar - but their unconvincing away form should concern them heading into Wednesday's Champions League visit to Manchester City.
Borja Baston gave in-form Eibar an early lead but the mid-table Andalusian visitors improved in the second half and drew level through Kevin Gameiro's close-range effort on 71 minutes.
Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes scored his third goal of the season to help his side climb up to eighth place following a 3-0 home win against Malaga.
Los Che were gifted a 19th-minute lead when Malaga's Brazilian striker Charles diverted the ball into his own net and Andre Gomes doubled the home side's lead in the 33rd minute before Daniel Parejo converted a late penalty.
Charles had headed a golden chance wide with the game goalless in the 15th minute before scoring at the wrong end four minutes later.
Espanyol gave their season a boost with an impressive 3-1 victory at Real Betis.
Enzo Roco headed the Barcelona side into a fourth-minute lead and goals early in the second half from Felipe Caicedo and Victor Sanchez put the result beyond doubt.
Vincenzo Rennella grabbed a late consolation for the hosts at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, but it was not enough to prevent Espanyol leapfrogging their hosts and moving up to ninth in the standings.