Football: Pedro hits hat-trick as Barcelona cruise
MADRID (AFP) - Pedro Rodriguez scored a hat-trick as Barcelona maintained their 100 per cent start to the La Liga season with a comfortable 4-0 win over Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.
The Spanish international rewarded the visitors' bright start when he slotted from after some brilliant play by Lionel Messi on the half hour mark.
However, just as in recent weeks, Barca were thankful to goalkeeper Victor Valdes for keeping them in front as he saved his second penalty in as many games when he palmed away Roberto Trashorras' effort 10 minutes before half-time.
That was to be the turning point as Pedro added a second barely two minutes into the second-half before sealing his hat-trick 13 minutes from time.