Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho spent his Saturday night fuming at the referee who denied his side a clear penalty and the incorrect linesman who cost him a goal. If either one of those calls had gone in his favor, then he almost certainly wouldn't have left Real Betis's stadium with a 1-0 defeat, Madrid's third of the young season.
And perhaps it would have made Sunday night a little easier on him, too.
Twenty-four hours later, Barcelona was parading around, knocking off milestones in yet another joyous rout, this one a 4-0 shellacking of sixth-place Levante.
Basking in its own glory, reinforcing its own faith in the Barcelona way, the Catalan club fielded 11 graduates of its famed youth academy at La Masia to match the best start ever by a La Liga side—12 wins and one draw.
More important, Barcelona stretched its lead over Real Madrid, the other contender in Spain's perennial two-horse race, to 11 points.