After suffering two consecutive draws in two competitions, La Liga title favorites FC Barcelona returned to their winning ways, looking unstoppable once again in an impressive 8-0 blowout of last season's ninth-place finishers Osasuna.
Barcelona dropped to two points behind Real Madrid in the standings last weekend when they blew an early lead against Real Sociedad to finish the match on the road in a 2-2 draw.
Dropping points so early in the season drew some concerns from Barca's extensive fanbase, in a league where the top two sides have been known to finish so close to one another at the end of the year.
But that was not the team that spectators saw at Camp Nou on Saturday, as Barcelona didn't appear interested in blowing any leads this time around, and netted seven times, with an Osasuna own-goal to bring the lead to eight goals.
Barcelona was already up by five goals when the halftime whistle blew, with a first-half brace from Lionel Messi, goals from Cesc Fabregas and David Villa and the traumatizing own goal from Osasuna defender Rovérsio De Barros as Barca continued to apply attacking pressure.
The first ten minutes of the second half were a relief to the visiting side, as Barcelona finally quieted down for a bit before Xavi got on the board himself in the 57th minute. In the 76th minute, Villa completed the brace he started in the first half, and Messi completed his hat trick three minutes later.
There was some concern about Barcelona following the early-season draw and midweek Champions League stalemate against AC Milan. Many wondered whether absences of Andrés Iniesta, Alexis Sánchez and Gerard Piqué, who are all nursing injuries at the moment, would give Real Madrid an edge in the standings.
But Barcelona's dominant showing this weekend, and Real Madrid's subsequent loss to Levante to boost Barcelona up to third place, have quelled those worried voices at least for a while.
Still to overtake in the standings for Barcelona: Valencia and Betis, who have both won all three of their league fixtures thus far to take the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the opening weeks of the La Liga season.