Messi set the tone and Barça followed suit, downing Rayo 2-0 PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

Gone in 90 seconds: The only two goals of the match were in the 34th and 36th minutes. Messi broke the ice and Neymar poured. Then it was just sit back and relax.

Bravo Claudio!: The Barça goalkeeper broke the all time La Liga record for minutes played without conceding a goal. That's a total of 630 minutes of perfection. Applause!

Rayo dared, and lost: But it wasn't for a lack of effort. Paco Jemez's side came out fighting and even played the whole second half with just three men back on defence. Against a team like Barça, that took a lot of guts.

More is better: Even when down 2-0, Rayo kept the heat on. But it all went down hill in the 60th minute when Morcillo was sent off. From then on Barça was in control, even more so when Rayo fell to nine men after another explusion in injury time.

What could have been: Barça had 18 shots, the majority in the last 30 minutes of the match. Rayo goalkeeper Toño and Barça's lack of marksmanship kept the game from becoming a blowout.