Barcelona moved one step closer to lifting the La Liga trophy after a impressive victory at home against Rayo Vallecano. Though the game started slow, La Blaugrana turned on the class as Rayo was left behind.
David Villa opened up the scoring after Lionel Messi delivered a pin point pass around a defender. The duo looked to be back to their best but it did not end there.
On the eve of halftime it was again the pairing of Messi and Villa that gave Barcelona the edge.
David Villa was able to find the Argentine cutting into the box. Messi gathered and fired past the keeper to double Barcelona's lead before the halftime whistle.
After the break the game began to slow down a bit. It was clear that Barcelona was heading for victory, but neither team wanted the game to end where it stood.
Rayo Vallecano began to take more chances and nearly scored on a few occasions. But it was their risk taking which eventually led to another Barcelona goal.
After the Catalans cleared a Rayo corner, the ball fell to David Villa. The striker shrugged off his defender and sent the ball forward to Messi who beat his marker then chipped the keeper for his brace.
The game was over at this point, but someone forgot to tell Rayo.
Paco Jemez sent his attackers further forward and was eventually awarded. A wonderful cross found Tamudo in the box who tapped the pass into the goal for a consolation goal.
Rayo Vallecano continued to push forward and even looked as if they were going to score again.
But Barcelona's defense held strong as the match ended with a score of 3-1.
La Blaugrana was able to pull off the impressive win without Xavi, Carles Puyol or Victor Valdes. But more importantly, they were able to raise their lead over Real Madrid back to 13 points.
With only 10 matches left in the La Liga campaign there is one question on the mind of all Cules.
When will Barcelona finally win the league? The question no longer appears to be "if they will win" rather most fans are merely waiting for the trophy to be mathematically brought to the Camp Nou.
Score: Barcelona 3—1 Rayo Vallecano (Villa, Messi 2x — Tamudo)
Official Starting Lineups
Barcelona: Jose Pinto; Adriano, Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Alba; Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas; Alexis Sanchez, Lionel Messi, David Villa
Rayo Vallecano: Ruben; Tito, Galvez, Figueras, Anaitz Arbilla; Roberto Trashorras, Adrian; Jose Carlos, Chori, Piti; Delibasic