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Felix provides needed power at Barca & Greenwood appears to be in safe hands

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Barcelona were ruthlessly brilliant against Betis and Atletico Madrid were jaw-droppingly bad against Valencia as La Liga returned after the international break.

There were debuts for Mason Greenwood and Sergio Ramos – the Sevilla defender’s was his second, 18 years after the first.

Meanwhile at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid won again to stay top with a Joselu header earning them the points.

Here are ten stand-out things from the weekend action in Spain, with a special mention for the linesman who didn't want Madrid wasting time.

Marathon man Bellingham now on ‘just’ five goals in five games

It was the first time he has failed to score but he so nearly made it six in five games on 90 minutes with a header that was saved.

Madrid were hanging on a bit at the end and referee's assistant Pau Norbert came on to the field of play at minute 83 to pass the ball back to Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Bernabeu, interpreting the action as ensuring Madrid took kick quickly didn't like the gesture and he could be spoken to by Spain's Refereeing committee for the incident.

Joselu can get 20 goals

He’ll need to play the games and that might be difficult once Vinicius returns.

But the journeyman striker used to reach double figures at relegation threatened clubs.

Joselu can double his tally this season with better service.

He got the winner on Sunday.

This always happens

Valencia striker Hugo Duro has only scored 12 league goals in his career so far.

Five of them have come against Jan Oblak.

The 23-year-old centre-forward got two in the 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid.

This never happens

Atletico Madrid had not lost to Valencia in any of their last 17 meetings.

Only twice in the 23 times they had faced them in the Diego Simeone era had they lost to them.

Not since 2014 had Valencia got three points against Atletico.

And Diego Simeone’s team turned up at Mestalla on Saturday having beaten Rayo 7-0 in their last game.

So 3-0 to Valencia it was then!

The kids are very very good

Don’t say it too loud or they will all be sold in January but Valencia’s Javi Guerra (20), Diego Lopez (21) and Fran Perez (21) are all Spain internationals in the making.

Valencia don’t spend any money – the flip side of that is that the kids get game time and these three have soared because of it.

They schooled Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Haven’t we forgotten something?

Spain’s national team left the boots and the gloves on the tarmac last week when they took off for Georgia.

Las Palmas went one better than that at the weekend by leaving the players behind.

Around 15 had to get a later flight and all for nothing because Sevilla marked Ramos’ return with a 1-0 win.

Perfect partners

We know Joao Felix and Diego Simeone was always a marriage of inconvenience – maybe the Portuguese and Barcelona will be the perfect match.

He wants to be the star and play all the time; they need him to play all the time and be the star because there is a fantasy deficit at the club since Lionel Messi left that no one has really filled.

He was brilliant on Saturday as Barcelona put five past Betis.

Barca part of the City group

We know that Girona are part of the City Group that own Manchester City but maybe Barcelona qualify as secret partners.

Two of their best performers at the weekend were Ferran Torres and Joao Cancelo.

The full-back in particular looks a gift on loan and the perfect fit for a team that has needed a defender who can really contribute in an attacking sense for some time.

It’s been a while

When Torres scored direct from a free-kick against Betis it was the first time anyone had managed to do so since May 2021 when Messi did it at Mestalla.

No one had scored direct from a free-kick since the great man left.

It was Torres’ reward for another good performance this time playing from the start.

Greenwood in good hands

Since Pepe Bordalas took over relegation threatened Getafe last season their home record reads four wins and two draws – and one of those draws was against Barcelona.

The Manchester United loanee has joined a club that rows in time behind its manager.

He’s the boss – he led them to safety last season and he has them mid-table after five games played now.