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Pedro hails Barca after treble

Pedro celebrates scoring his maiden hat-trick with Neymar.
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Pedro praised his team-mates after scoring his first hat-trick for Barcelona in a 4-0 win at Rayo Vallecano.

The Spain winger opened his account for the match in the 33rd minute and then, after Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes had saved a Roberto Trashorras penalty, he made it 2-0 at the start of the second half.

Pedro completed his maiden treble for the club in the 72nd minute with a third successive first-time finish from inside the area, and then Cesc Fabregas wrapped up the scoring with a fourth as the Spanish champions made it five wins from five in the league this season.

The 26-year-old, who had scored 10 doubles for the Catalan giants previously but never a hat-trick, was understandably delighted with his three goals but was keen to share the plaudits around.

He said on his club's website: "I'm very pleased because it was a difficult match and because of my team-mates, it's because of them that I scored the goals I scored.

"I'm happy with how the team worked tonight. We know how difficult Vallecas is, it's a hard place to come to. They have a competitive team, but we managed to find the spaces and score goals."

Pedro was drafted back into Barca's starting line-up for the league match by coach Gerardo Martino having been named on the bench for the midweek Champions League win over Ajax.

Regarding that, Pedro added in AS: "We all want to play, we all want to be in the line-up. Scoring goals is good for the confidence.

"The coach decided to rest me (against Ajax); I'd played games for Spain. I'm ready to play whenever the coach asks me to."

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