Match Report and Extended Highlights: FC Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid

30 11 2010
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Barcelona put on a masterclass of attacking football in their 5-0 drubbing of fierce rivals Real Madrid.

Journalists around the world ran out of superlatives for Pep Guardiola’s men, with some going as far as suggesting that his side is the best ever. It is hard to dispute this claim and it is made even more impressive as eight players in the side rose through the club’s academy ranks.

Andres Iniesta’s brilliant pass unlocked the Real Madrid defence which left Xavi free to give the Catalan club the lead in the 11th minute.

Pedro doubled the lead in the 18th minute, tapping in David Villa’s cross. The provider went on to become the next goalscorer in the 55th minute. The ex-Valencia striker was put through on goal by Lionel Messi’s (left) exquisite through ball and the pair combined again just three minutes later for Villa’s second and Barcelona’s fourth.

Substitute Jeffren completed the scoring in the 91st minute after converting fellow substitute Bojan’s cross past a helpless Iker Casillas.

A delighted Jeffren said after the match, “This was a match I will never forget. I had no idea that I was going to score a goal. I think everything went very well.

“This team has entered history tonight.”

His sentiments were echoed by Sergio Busquets. “It is a day for our history, and the end result is because of the high level that we have played at,” the Spaniard told AS. “It was a very complete match for all my team-mates.

“It is impossible to highlight one player, as all 11 were great. We have formed a style of football that is compact, and this makes it harder for teams to beat us.

“It is also a dream to have so many team players on our side.”

In the final minutes of Jose Mourinho’s worst ever defeat, Sergio Ramos was sent off for scything down Lionel Messi before pushing fellow Spanish World Cup winner Carles Puyol to the ground. The referee was left with no option and had to dismiss him.

After the game, Xavi said of the incident, “Sergio did not apologise, but this is normal. The feelings of anger and helplessness are understandable. [Our] Superiority should bother them.”

Even the Madrid-based newspaper Marca declared that Barcelona is the ‘best team of the century’.

Mark Jepson

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