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Barcelona humiliate Real 5-0

PEP TALK:Before the match, Barca’s coach said Real were the best counter-attacking team in the world, but vowed that his side would attack. He was as good as his word

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Real Madrid’s goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas, front, tries to save a ball as he faces Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez, left, and forward David Villa during their “Clasico“ match at Camp Nou stadium on Monday in Barcelona, Spain.

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Jose Mourinho had a nightmare first Clasico as champions Barcelona crushed his Real Madrid side 5-0 at Camp Nou on Monday to go two points clear of their bitter rivals at the top of the Spanish first division.

Spanish World Cup winners Xavi and Pedro Rodriguez put Barcelona into a two-goal lead after just 17 minutes and David Villa marked his first Clasico with a brace early in the second half before Jeffren added a late fifth as Mourinho stomached an unforgettable first defeat in charge of Real.

For Barcelona it was a fifth successive Clasico win as coach Pep Guardiola maintained his 100 percent record in the fixture and exacted revenge over Mourinho, whose Inter side defeated Barcelona in last season’s Champions League semi-finals.

Real went into the game unbeaten and hoping for a first win at Camp Nou since December 2007.

However, Barcelona gave old boy Mourinho, who used to work for the Catalan club as a translator under Bobby Robson, a night to forget with an emphatic win that evoked memories of the 6-2 drubbing of Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in May last year.

It was a huge psychological boost for Barca in the title race and the omens are good with the winner of the first Clasico going on to be crowned champions in the last six seasons.

Guardiola had said Real were the best counter-attacking team in the world but vowed Barcelona would attack and he was good to his word.

In the fifth minute Lionel Messi surprised everyone by curling a beautiful left-footed chip onto the post with Iker Casillas well beaten. It was a warning that Real didn’t heed and on nine minutes the hosts took the lead through Xavi.

Andres Iniesta fed a pass into the penalty area and after Marcelo failed to intercept it Xavi prodded the ball past Casillas to the delight of the home fans.

The visitors responded with Angel di Maria forcing Victor Valdes to tip over a fierce shot but Barcelona were looking dangerous and struck again on 17 minutes through Pedro.

Villa went past Sergio Ramos by the touchline and Casillas could only fingertip his cross into the path of the inrushing Pedro who fired home. Cristiano Ronaldo then took center stage with his pass almost reaching Benzema only for an Eric Abidal toe to avert the danger.

On the half hour mark Ronaldo started a melee when he pushed Guardiola for holding the ball, earning him a yellow card.

Real brought off the -ineffective Mesut Ozil at half-time with Lass Diarra replacing him, but it was more of the same as Barcelona dominated.

Villa went close with his goal-bound shot blocked but on 54 minutes Messi fed the Spanish World Cup winner, who took the pass brilliantly in his stride before firing past Casillas.

Real complained that Villa was offside, but the goal stood and two minutes later he struck again with his eighth league goal of the season.

A defense-splitting pass from Messi released Villa, who beat Casillas again and left Real 4-0 down before the hour mark.

Substitute Jeffren Suarez netted a fifth late on and Sergio Ramos was sent off in the final minute for a terrible foul on Messi and then shoving Carles Puyol as tempers boiled over.

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