FC Barcelona 5 – Real Madrid 0


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Argentina’s alleged World Cup star LIONEL MESSI (10) of FC Barcelona watches teammate and Brazil World Cup defender DANIEL ALVES DA SILVA (2), bought from FC Sevilla for a base fee of 34.0 million Euros in July of 2008, attempt to slow the progress of the world’s most expensive player, Real Madrid’s Portugal World Cup striker CRISTIANO RONALDO, at the Camp Nou in the Catalonia region of northeast Spain. (Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images)
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LA LIGA
Matchday # 13
11/29/2010

5 – FC Barcelona ———— Xavi 10′, Pedro 18′, Villa 55′, 58′, Suarez 90+3′
0 – Real Madrid

A pair of goals inside the opening twenty minutes set the tone for the latest El Clasico match as FC BARCELONA absolutely overwhelmed visiting arch-rival REAL MADRID 5-0 in a hot-tempered affair and regained leadership of La Liga in Spain.

To foreshadow what was in store, Argentina World Cup attcker LIONEL MESSI of FC Barcelona curled a ball up and over Real Madrid’s Spain World Cup champion goalkeeper IKER CASILLAS to bounce off the upright less than six minutes in.

Shortly thereafter, FC Barcelona midfielder ANDRES INIESTA, the man who scored in the 116th minute against the Netherlands in the 2010 FIFA Final to give the World Cup to Spain, produced a surgical pass for XAVI, his teammate in South Africa; the playmaker skillfully controlled the ball and chipped Casillas to delight the partisan supporters at Camp Nou.

Argentina World Cup midfielder ANGEL DI MARIA had an immediate opportunity to respond for Real Madrid but blasted his effort straight at FC Barcelona goalkeeper VICTOR VALDES, a reserve on Spain’s championship squad in South Africa.

Another pair of World Cup-winners would leave Di Maria to rue his miss and doubled FC Barcelona’s advantage in the 18th minute when Casillas could only tamely parry the cross of Spain striker DAVID VILLA and South Africa strike-partner PEDRO RODRIGUEZ had only to tap home.

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28-year-old FC Barcelona goalkeeper VICTOR VALDES, who is in his ninth season as first choice for Barca but has made just three substitute appearances for the national team of Spain in his career, grimaces in pain as he deals with Real Madrid’s Portugal World Cup striker CRISTIANO RONALDO at Camp Nou. (Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid, who suffered a first — and humiliating — setback in the 20th game of Portuguese manager JOSE MOURINHO’s stewardship, never really looked like recovering; a couple of balls from Messi allowed Villa to net a brace early into the second half to settle the issue once and for all.

As if to rub salt in Real Madrid’s gaping wound, Spain U-21 international striker JEFFREN SUAREZ, who was born in Venezuela, even got into the act and scored his first goal of the season on just his second substitute appearance in La Liga this term for FC Barcelona in time added on.

Argentina World Cup striker GONZALO HIGUAIN failed a late fitness test and missed the match for Real Madrid while France international replacement KARIM BENZEMA proved himself to be invisible in Catalonia.

The most expensive man in all of professional football, Portugal World Cup striker CRISTIANO RONALDO is another Real Madrid attacker not suffering from over-exposure on the highlight package against FC Barcelona.

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Argentine midfielder LIONEL MESSI (10) of FC Barcelona, who was reduced to a virtual spectator by Germany in South Africa this past summer in the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup, shields the ball from his La Liga goal-scoring rival, Real Madrid’s CRISTIANO RONALDO, at Camp Nou. (Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images)
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FC BARCELONA : Valdes ; Abidal, Pique, Puyol, Dani Alves ; Busquets, Xavi (Keita 87′), Iniesta ; Pedro (Suarez 87′), Villa (Krkic 76′), Messi

REAL MADRID : Casillas ; Marcelo (Arbeloa 60′), Carvalho, Pepe, Sergio Ramos ; Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Oezil (L.Diarra 46′) ; Di Maria, Benzema, Ronaldo

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