A rampant Barcelona swept aside a poor Levante side, sending a message to the rest of La Liga with a 7-0 demolition of Levante on Sunday. Barca scored six first-half goals through five different players before cantering to full time in Gerardo "Tata" Martino's league debut as Barca's manager.
The hosts needed only moments to break down Levante, with Alexis Sanchez opening the scoring in the third minute. Cesc Fabregas collected a through ball in the box and played across for Alexis, who tapped in.
Cesc started the next scoring move as well, chesting down for Lionel Messi, who exchanged passes with Pedro before tucking away a low finish in the 12th minute. Dani Alves made it 3-0 in the 24th minute, converting a rebound, and the rout was on.
Pedro scored Barca's fourth with a curling shot in the 26th minute before Messi's 42nd-minute penalty made it 5-0. Xavi Hernandez then finished Cesc's looping, lofted ball in first-half stoppage time for Barcelona's sixth.
After the break, new signing Neymar made his Liga debut, entering as a substitute for Alexis in the 64th minute. Pedro scored his second of the game, Barcelona's seventh, in the 73rd minute.
Shots: Barcelona 22-4 Levante
Passing: Barcelona 92%-61% Levante
Possession: Barcelona 78%-22% Levante