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    Default El Clasico: Barcelona thrash Madrid 5-0

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    David Villa scored twice as Barcelona ripped apart Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid in a 5-0 rout Monday to go top of the league thanks to a record fifth straight "clasico" win over its bitter rival.

    Xavi Hernandez and Pedro Rodriguez put the defending champion 2-0 ahead inside 18 minutes before Villa scored a second-half brace. Substitute Jeffren Suarez scored in the 90th to seal it in front of nearly 100,000 fans at the Camp Nou stadium.

    Barcelona's speed and one-touch passing game frustrated Madrid throughout as it recorded its biggest national derby victory since a 5-0 win here during the 1993-94 season.

    Lionel Messi, who set up two goals and was a constant threat, was the star of the show for the hosts, putting Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the shade in the much-hyped matchup of two of the world's best players.

    In the end, Madrid's frustrations boiled over and Sergio Ramos was sent off in injury time for a wild tackle on Messi.

    Barcelona now leads Madrid by two points with 34 points from 13 games after a seventh straight league win.

    "We are proud because the world has seen us play the way we like to play," Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said. "I would like to take more points from Madrid but it's not possible. That team, with all that power, are just two points behind but we are satisfied."

    Former Chelsea and FC Porto coach Mourinho suffered his worst ever loss to stay winless in six trips to Barcelona. He had never lost by more than three goals before.

    "You have to have character, when you lose by five goals you can't leave crying, you have to go and work harder," Mourinho said. "You never want to lose by these numbers."
    ...being a human...



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