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Barcelona humiliates Real Madrid in El Classico

Barcelona humiliates Real Madrid in El Classico

The Boston Shamrocks were a sport team like no other. Their role was to provide the token opposition while the Harlem Globetrotters pirouetted around the court in their balletic displays of ball skills. For Shamrocks, read Real Madrid.­ for Globetrotters, read Barcelona.


The latest El Clasico was more of an exhibition of football by Barcelona than anything like a competitive game. For long periods of the evening, Real Madrid were simply unable to get near the ball. Predictably, Barca’s star was Lionel Messi, but he was only the brightest star in a stellar display that will send fear across the rest of Europe.


Real’s Ronaldo had looked lively at the start, but the result was never in doubt after 18 minutes, when Pedro tapped in David Villa’s cross for Barca’s second, following a lob from Xavi for the opener. Somehow, the score remained 2-0 at the break after a series of chances for the home side.


The second half saw Messi subject to some cynical treatment from Real players, but he proved his point by assisting the third and fourth goals, both scored by David Villa. Jeffren added the fifth, before a night of misery was capped by the sending-off of Sergio Ramos after a terrible tackle on Messi. Real could have been depleted even earlier as Carvalho was lucky to stay on the field after a deliberate handball. The fact that Real’s players showed their frustration by continually fouling, especially Messi, underlines the gulf between the two sides on the night.


The result means that unbeaten Barca leapfrog Real, whose first defeat of the season this was, into top spot with a two-point lead.


But this trouncing should be seen as just a blip. Real Madrid remain one of the top teams in Europe. This just wasn’t their night. Real manager, Jose Mourinho, admitted afterwards that it was a deserved defeat for his team, but refused to feel humiliated. This faultless display will have Barca favourites for the Champions League, and have managers across Europe scratching their heads thinking of ways to contain them. For neutrals watching across the continent, this was a night to savour and remember for a long time.