Barcelona showed their mettle during the El Classico thrashing Atlético Madrid 6-1 at the Metropolitano Stadium on Sunday evening.
The defending champions took a fourth minute lead through forward Ana-Maria Crnogorčević who had replaced Salma Paralluelo just minutes before kick-off.
The hosts got a reprieve in the 24th minute when they were awarded a penalty and midfielder Leicy Santos converted from the resultant spot kick to level the scores.
Defender María Pilar León restored the visitors’ lead after 35 minutes from a freekick to send the travelling fans into a frenzy.
The hosts suffered a setback when their top goal scorer forward Ludmila was forced off due to a knee injury after 44 minutes and was replaced by forward Marta Cardona.
The visitors came back from half-time with more intent and were duly rewarded after five minutes with defender Lucy Bronze making it 3-1 from a header off a Mapi León corner kick.
Substitute Salma Paralluelo made it 4-1 in the 72nd minute when she converted a pass from fellow substitute forward Mariona Caldentey. Paralluelo completed her brace to make it 5-1 when she converted a rebound after Caldentey’s spot kick had been saved by the goalkeeper.
The visitors completed the rout when defender Ingrid Syrstad Engen made it 6-1 with 10 minutes left on the clock.
The win ensured that the visitors continued with their 100% start to the season having scored a whopping 43 goals in just 10 matches and conceded just three whilst Atlético dropped to fourth position.
Elsehwere, Real Madrid produced a masterclass performance registering a 5-1 demolition of struggling Alhama at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Saturday evening.
The Madrid side took an early lead in the third minute through midfielder Caroline Weir’s side footed finish off defender Sofie Svava’s pullback in the penalty box.
Alhama goalkeeper Laura Martinez pulled a good save in the 21st minute to deny Madrid forward Esther Gonzalez from point blank.
The hosts doubled their lead after 32 minutes when forward Naomie Feller converted a pass from Gonzalez. Feller made it 3-0 to the hosts with her second of the match in the 35th minute to put the match beyond the visitors.
A minute before half time Gonzalez made it 4-0 from midfielder Athenea Del Castillo’s cross from the right. Forward Teresa Abelleira made it 5-0 after 57 minutes with an absolute stunner from 25 yards out.
Substitute forward Jade Boho scored the consolation goal for the visitors in the 67th minute off a cross from the captain Marina Marti.
The win moved the hosts to second position on the standings.
Levante were big winners with a 5-1 victory against Sevilla at the Ciudad Deportiva de Buñol - Campo 1 on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts broke the deadlock in the 38th minute when forward Nataša Andonova finished with a half volley in the box from forward Mayra Ramírez’s pass.
The visitors came back from half-time a determined side and were duly rewarded three minutes into the second half when midfielder Jessica Martínez scored a belter from just outside the penalty box.
The hosts immediately responded when midfielder Tatiana Pinto headed a cross from defender Paula Tomás in the 50th minute to make it 2-1. The hosts doubled their lead in the 67th minute when Sevilla goalkeeper Yolanda Aguirre Gutiérrez deflected forward Alba Redondo’s rebound from the post into her own net.
Substitute midfielder Érika González made it 4-1 from the penalty spot with nine minutes left to play after coming on for forward Andonova.
Pinto completed her brace in the first minute of additional time to make it 5-1 to the hosts after a well-played pull back from González who also completed her second goal contribution of the match in just 20 minutes after coming on as a substitute.
The win put Levante back on track in the fight for the title as well as a champions league place being third on the standings now.
Athletic Club remembered how big teams ought to play after a 6-1 demolition of hosts Villarreal at the Ciudad Deportiva on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors took the lead after 26 minutes when midfielder Clara Pinedo capitalised on Villarreal’s defender Lara Mata’s slip to beat goalkeeper Elena de Toro. The visitors doubled their lead in the 34th minute when De Toro scored an own goal after turning in forward Jone Amezaga Martínez’s shot off the upright.
Villarreal pulled one back nine minutes into the second half when forward Belén Martínez’s long range effort beat goalkeeper Mariasun Quiñones.
The visitors upped their game and were duly rewarded when defender Oihane Hernández doubled their lead with a cool chipped finish after 57 minutes having received a long pass in her own half from defender Nerea Nevado to race through on goal.
Jone Amezaga Martínez finally got on the scoresheet with a curled effort from the left off a pass from defender Oihane Valdezate to make it 4-1 after 69 minutes.
With 16 minutes left to play forward Ainize Barea made it 5-1 and fellow forward Nekane Díez sealed the victory making it 6-1 with nine minutes left on the clock with defender Hernández completing her third goal contribution of the match.
The hosts were reduced to 10 women when midfielder Paola Soldevila was shown a red card after her second yellow card in the 85th minute.
Madrid CFF suffered their second defeat in a row when they lost 3-2 to visiting Sporting Huelva at the Estadio Fernando Torres on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors broke the deadlock after 29 minutes when forward Ana de Teresa converted a well weighted pass from midfielder Elsa Amanda Edgren.
Two minutes into the second half midfielder Patrícia Hmírová went through on goal to double the advantage for the visitors with Edgren completing a brace of assists.
The hosts pulled one back eight minutes later when forward Florencia Bonsegundo converted a pass from Zambian forward Racheal Kundananji to make it 2-1.
Forward Gabi Nunes levelled the scores for the hosts with 15 minutes left on the clock.
The hosts had a numerical advantage when Huelva’s goalkeeper Chelsea Ashurst was shown a red card on the stroke of full time.
The visitors were not deterred by their numerical disadvantage as they found a winner in the 92nd minute through midfielder Patrycja Balcerzak who converted a pass from forward Bárbara López Gorrado to send the travelling fans into song and dance.
The win moved Huelva to 11 points whilst Madrid CFF remained on 19 points.
UDG Tenerife were back to winning ways after a 1-0 win over Valencia at the Estadio La Palmera on Sunday afternoon.
The visitors had a chance to take the lead as early as the fifth minute when they were awarded a penalty but midfielder Fiamma Benitez’s spot kick was saved.
The hosts broke the deadlock after 37 minutes when forward María José Pérez González fired home to send the home fans into song.
Midfielder Koko Ange thought she had doubled the lead for the hosts in the second half but her effort was ruled out for offside.
The Tenerife side had not won a match in their last five matches and the win moved them to 11 points.
Real Betis did not replicate their derby form of the previous weekend as they lost 3-1 to Alavés at the Ciudad Deportiva José Luis Compañón on Sunday afternoon.
The hosts took the lead as early as seven minutes when forward Sanadri converted a low cross from fellow forward Ane Miren Martínez. Martínez registered her name on the scoresheet 14 minutes later when she coolly finished a pass from defender Cristina Auñón.
Betis came back from half-time a determined side in the second half aiming to turn around the result and were duly rewarded in the 66th minute when defender Dorine Chuigoué headed home a cross from midfielder Ángela Sosa.
The hosts, however, wrapped up the match when substitute midfielder Jessica Aby made it 3-1 barely a minute after coming on when she converted a pass from Sanadri.
Real Sociedad beat 10 women Levante Las Planas 3-0 at the Instalaciones de Zubieta on Sunday afternoon.
The hosts took the lead after 40 minutes through forward Amaiur Sarriegi from the penalty spot when Las Planas’ defender Nuria Garrote Camuñez was shown a red card after her second yellow.
The sending off destabilised the visitors as they had to sacrifice midfielder Rita Chikwelu for defender Esther Martín-Pozuelo at the start of the second half.
The hosts then went on to double their lead after 68 minutes when forward Synne Jensen converted Sarriegi’s pass from the right wing just two minutes after coming on as a substitute replacing forward Sanni Franssi.
Substitute forward Mirari Uria made it 3-0 at the death when she converted a pass from another substitute defender Izarne Sarasola.
The win moved the hosts to fifth on the standings whilst Las Planas remained on 8 points and have lost all their last five matches.
Results (Saturday): Levante 5-1 Sevilla; Madrid CFF 2-3 Sporting Huelva; Villarreal 1-6 Athletic Club; Real Madrid 5-1 Alhama CF ElPozo
Results (Sunday): UDG Tenerife 1-0 Valencia; Alavés 3-1 Real Betis; Real Sociedad 3-0 Levante Las Planas; Atlético Madrid 1-6 Barcelona