Barcelona won a 21st consecutive Primera Division game on Wednesday, putting nine goals past Real Sociedad to open up a 19-point lead at the top of the table.
La Real are the team in second place but proved no match for the imperious Catalans, who are cruising towards what will be a third consecutive Spanish title.
The Basque hosts put up as good a fight as they could, limiting Barça to only two first half goals – both scored by Asisat Oshoala. But the second half was an utter mauling.
Further goals from Fridolina Rolfo, Irene Paredes and Lieke Martens in quick succession early in the second half ended any chance of La Real mounting some sort of comeback. Alexia Putellas, Claudia Pina and Jenni Hermoso racked up the score, before Emma Ramirez pulled one back.
Marta Torrejon got the ninth Barça goal in stoppage for good measure.
It is the third time that Jonatan Giraldez’s team have got nine or more goals in a league match this season and bettered the 8-1 thrashing of La Real in the reverse fixture in October.
Barça are yet to drop any points in the league so far and could end up going one better than 2020/21 when they fell short of maximum points with defeat on the final day – with two fewer teams in the league and four fewer games to play their final tally will actually be lower regardless.
They haven’t failed to net fewer than three goals in any league game and more often than not have scored more than four or five. That has yielded an average of 5.8 goals per game (122 from 21 matches played) and is a higher average than the 4.9 they finished 2020/21 with.