I love you, Barça (5-0)
FC Barcelona put in a superb performance to play the previously unbeaten Real Madrid off the pitch and run out 5-0 winners at the Nou Camp tonight with goals from Xavi, Pedro, Villa (2) and Jeffren. This was an exemplary 90 minutes in all aspects from Guardiola’s men.
Barcelona (FCB)This date will live long in the memory of Barça fans as the team thumped five past their eternal rivals to mark the Club\u2019s 111th anniversary in the best possible fashion. Barça handed out a lesson in football to Madrid with one of the most spectacular displays in the history of this fixture. Xavi and Pedro opened the scoring in the first half and a brace from Villa and final fifth from Jeffren rounded off a fantastic night for the ecstatic Nou Camp faithful.
The worst thing: the win only carried three points and Barça find themselves just two points ahead of a team who on the night they showed themselves to be light years ahead of. As the fans\u2019 mosaic before the game put it: \u201DT\u2019estimo Barçá!\u201D
Barça started the game as they meant to go on, with great intensity and immense skill and after just six minutes Messi hit the woodwork. Four minutes later, they were ahead as Iniesta cut in from the left and centred for Xavi to score from close in. Madrid had hardly any time to recover before Barça got their second, this time after a combination between Villa and Pedro. What a start ! and there was more to come!
Madrid were looking groggy and tried desperately to get back into the game with their aggressive tactics \u2013Cristiano Ronaldo setting the tone with a push on Guardiola that earned him a yellow card. In the scuffle that followed, Valdes was also shown a card and the heightened tension seemed to give the visitors something of a lift, but Barça\u2019s immaculate possession football calmed things down and took the sting out of any possible Madrid reaction.
Things clicked again after the break with Villa, who\u2019d looked lively throughout, breaking Madrid\u2019s offside ploy twice to make it 4-0 as he latched onto two through balls from Messi. Lass was on for Madrid as they tried to limit the damage, but Barça were showing no mercy and at times just seemed to be playing with their supposedly illustrious visitors.
Jeffren makes it five
At 4-0, thoughts inevitably turned to that famous 9th February 1991 when Barça put five past Madrid and with the fans partying in celebration Iniesta broke down the right to cross deep for Jeffren who outraced the Madrid defence to slip the ball past Casillas and make it an incredible five.
1-0, Xavi (min 10)
2-0, Pedro (min 17)
3-0, Villa (min 54)
4-0, Villa (min 57)
5-0, Jeffren (min 93)