Barcelona destroys Real Madrid (Updated with highlights)

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It was supposed to be a battle of the two best teams in the world, but by the end of it, only one team looked like a world beater.

Barcelona savaged Real Madrid, ripping apart Jose Mourinho's normally stingy defense on the strength of the sharp passing of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Iniesta. Goals from Xavi, Pedro, David Villa (with two) and Jeffren buried Real Madrid, 5-0, handing Mourinho the worst loss of his managerial career.

Real Madrid simply couldn't keep up with Barcelona's precision passing, with Xavi opening the scoring off a great feed from Iniesta. Messi blew the match open with a pair of pin-point passes finished off by Villa. By the time Jeffren added a fifth, Real Madrid was coming apart at the seams. Sergio Ramos was sent off after an ugly challenge on Messi followed by a shove to the face of Spain teammate Carles Puyol.

If you missed the bloodbath, or just want to watch the goal-fest one more time, here are the highlights:

What did you think of Barcelona's blowout? Surprised how lop-sided it was? Think anybody can stop Barca this year? Looking forward to the rematch, or think it will be more of the same?

Share your thoughts below.

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92 Responses to Barcelona destroys Real Madrid (Updated with highlights)

  1. Darren Shaw says:

    Sorry Real….

  2. Tiger Tiger says:

    TKO, Real Madrid can take that chump change they spent and shove it up the butt because the bank is owned by Barca.

  3. Chris says:

    Up there with one of the finest performances a team could possibly put on. Have to put it on a similar, if not higher level with the 7-1 by Man U (first that came to head)

  4. Martek says:

    Best tweet I saw was that the Barca was “pornographically good.”

    What an amazing beatdown. You almost forgot that this team that Barca was wiping their behinds with was Madrid, who had not lost and was on a stellar run of form. Wow. Wow. and Gollee.

    Just an amazing display. Stunningly beautiful.

  5. RK says:

    There can be only one.

    Did Ray Hudson survive to see the end of the game, or did he have a heart attack?

  6. SoccerJohn says:

    This was an annihilation. It’s hard to believe that a motivated team of world-class players could be humbled as thoroughly as was done today. This wasn’t Ronaldo’s fault, but I sure did enjoy seeing that puckered look on his face while the Barca players played tiki-taka.

  7. John.q says:

    Well my prediction was half right… Ronaldo didnt score. Cheers to barca! I know a few catalans they must be going crazy right now.

  8. Kevin_Amold says:

    I wasn’t surprised that Barca won, I was surprised at how many people were picking Real coming into this game. Until proven otherwise repeatedly, Barca are the favorite in every game they play.

  9. RK says:

    On that ESPN streak game, 66% had RM to tie or win.

  10. frank from sf says:

    i get what you’re saying but, are you really comparing madrid with blackburn?!…LOL!

  11. Busta Mac says:

    Your right same SORRY REAL….. sigh can’t beat class when you haven’t even graduated yet.

  12. Viva Barca says:

    This goes down as one of the best, and most dominant wins in football history.

    What a treat it was to watch.

  13. Sam's Fan says:

    It is unbelievable to watch Barcelona play. Real looked like a hopeless bottom feeder compared to them.

  14. Jorge says:

    From BBC:

    But the Argentine’s display was so staggeringly good that Real’s Ronaldo was reduced to a bit part player in the Nou Camp.

  15. BlauJoe says:

    Absolutely brilliant by Barca! Tactical masterpiece by Guardiola switching Maxwell for Abidal to free Alves to go forward. now we know who the real genius is. Pathetic display by the three Portuguese and last nail in the coffin for Benzema. One of the most convincing displays of power I’ve ever seen from any team anywhere.

  16. Dracao says:

    They made them look like a regular second division side in one match 6-2 defeat and 5-0 how many more wippings will they take until they wear red shorts with those white tees! Barca’s name is stamped all over La Liga, they should rename it La Liga de Barca!

  17. Sean Brown says:

    Pretty sure he was talking about vs. AS Roma a few years ago in the Champions League.

    link to

  18. maka says:

    Mourinho is angry… pray Barcelona pray

  19. Jorge says:

    My only request: Could we have the rematch, say, on a Saturday or Sunday?

  20. Martek says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I want Ray Hudson to do the color commentary on my life.

    One of my faves (among many) from today: “Real Madrid’s defense got stretched out like spandex on Miami Beach and Casillas is left naked.”

  21. Taiko Drum says:

    What’s MourinHO going to do? Nothing! He can sit and look mad with those cloudy eyebrows of his if he wants, meanwhile Barca will just collect the trophy now and save Real the misery of what was a fruitless season.

  22. SeattleStan says:

    Almost nobody can stop Barca this year. It has to take the talent of a club like Hercules.

  23. StevePDX says:

    I have not seen a bunch of mercenaries get stomped on that badly since George Washington and the American army spanked the Hessians at the Battle of Trenton back in 1776. Just brutal.

    One thing is clear to me about Real Madrid after watching this game: They should have never sold Wesley Sneijder.

  24. SeattleStan says:

    Almost nobody can stop Barce this year. It has to take the talent of a club like Hercules.

  25. Gump says:

    What does it matter they’ll surely be outclassed any day of the week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday = annihilation after annihilation etc..

  26. Popz says:

    Or their souls.

  27. Edwin in LA says:

    Why? You must be an England/EPL fan, or you just can’t stand the fact that the size of Barcelona’s offensive Arsenal and brilliant passers are all small and not the classic “Athletes” that guys like Bob Bradley think are necessary to succeed.
    Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Pedro, Villa, Busquets, Alves, Bojan and Jeffren all masters of ball possession and surgical precision passing, eat it baby! Imagine if Mascherano fins a way to start for this team or rotate time with Busquets? Bojan is finding his groove, Jeffren is back man oh man what a team. I can’t imagine what would happen if Cesc came back home?

  28. Felix says:

    You could write the Barca win off as an anomaly considering how lop-sided and dominating the game was.

    At the same time though, Barcelona was very impressive and I’ve never seen a Mourinho team be obliterated that bad.

  29. CJ says:

    I wish dish Network hadn’t dropped GolTV. I would’ve loved to here Ray ‘Udson loose a nut. But from what I heard, GolTV were asking for Roman Abramovich type $$. Oh well, there’s always streaming…

  30. RK says:

    Awesome! One of my favorite was years ago, something about Ronaldinho being bought lapdances that night because of his performance on the pitch…

  31. Jorge says:

    Yeah, I know but want to sit on my couch, holding a cold one, to enjoy and savor the moment.

  32. Paula says:

    Hmmm. As someone who wanted to see Mesut Oezil with Barca, I hope he regrets his decision right now …

  33. SG says:

    Agreed. He seems to be doing well with Real but I could picture him at Barca

  34. bob says:

    Shouldn’t it be Real sorry Real.

  35. NATO says:

    Dempsey to Real Madrid in January to sort this mess out.

    Just thought i’d have a laugh.

  36. NATO says:

    So is KAKA now considered a flop at Real Madrid? What about Benzema? The amount of money on those 2….

  37. adam says:

    No love for Monday Night Futbol…

  38. Jake F. says:

    One word describes this best, “WOW”. Barca made Real Madrid look silly and the passing that was on display was incredible.

  39. Cool Coincidence says:

    This is awesome. How often can someone get 7-1 victories by the SAME TEAM confused

  40. Jorge says:

    Hey, can I say? Not a big fan of American football. Now basketball and baseball are a different story.

  41. Viva Barca says:

    To the guy above, Ozil wouldn’t be able to start for Barcelona, as crazy and scary as that sounds.

    Top international striker in the world: Villa.
    Best player in the world: Messi
    Two best midfielders in the world: Xavi and Iniesta.

    You have 4 of the top 10 players in the world, on one team…

  42. Kevin_Amold says:

    That is unbelievable to me.

  43. art says:

    saw that battle in 1776 did you? 😉

    Messi’s pass on the fourth was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.

  44. Kevin_Amold says:

    Or Robben. Or Van der Vaart. Or maybe there is something poisonous about the Bernebeu that keeps talented groups of players from gelling and becoming a true team.

  45. Pckilgore says:

    Try again. Alves is normal starter–and was only able to go forward after CR9 was switched back to left side. I was actually impressed by Mourinho, it was a good idea to put your better defensive winger (di Maria) on Alves & CR9 on Abidal (who usually stays home). But, Real’s defensive mid is nothing like inter’s and a defensive strategy isn’t going to do it against this Barca.

  46. Jorge says:

    So Benzema ready to join the MLS? Sorry, I just had to throw that out there. :-)

  47. Jorge says:

    So Benzema ready to join the MLS? Sorry, I just had to throw that out there. :-)

  48. Jorge says:

    So Benzema ready to join the MLS? Sorry, I just had to throw that out there. :-)

  49. Cool Coincidence says:

    This is awesome. How often can someone get 7-1 victories by the SAME TEAM confused

  50. Raymon says:

    Actually, Yorktown was probably a bigger spanking than Trenton, especially since the Hessians at Trenton were allegedly celebrating Christmas when they were surprised, so one could argue that it wasnt a fair fight. Dude, you must be the first to post a reference to the revolutionary war here in response to a game. +1

  51. john.q says:

    by ‘throw out’ do you mean launch repetitively with a giant catapult?

  52. Jorge says:

    Something wrong with the system. Sorry about that.

  53. NATO says:

    The other 6 being?

    Eto? Sneijder? Drogba? Lahm? Fabregas? Vidic?

  54. tbkh says:

    I wonder what will be on Special 1 tv next week…

  55. john.q says:

    wow. the epitome of “the beautiful game”

  56. NATO says:

    Vastly over-rated. He was a hit in the French league with 2 very good seasons and decided he could play on the best team in the world and came and flopped and Higuain took over. Benzema will be a sub for a while. He should head back to France or give England a shot.

  57. hmmm says:

    Dempsey has 5 goals for the season so far. I have him pegged as getting 10 league goals by season’s end. Any chance he might leave Fulham even if they beat relegation in 6months?

  58. Jorge says:

    Now Higuain is a great player.

  59. mike says:

    talking about messi:

    “I’ve said it before, he could follow you in through a rotating door and still be the first one out.”

  60. Adam M. says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Barca is playing a different game than everyone else. They are like The Beatles was to rock in the 60s. Same instruments and number of members in the band, but wholly different, superior, and revolutionary. Real Madrid puts out a few hits with their three chord songs while Barca is rewriting rock history.

  61. ericJ says:

    I love metaphors :)

  62. Don Pelayo says:

    Such violent diction!

  63. C. Ronaldo says:

    We may have lost, but don’t I have the cutest pout in La Liga?

  64. Aguinaga says:

    If Leonardo Davinci were a soccer player, he’d play for Futbo Club de Barcelona.

  65. Aguinaga says:

    Davinci himself could not have created such genius.

  66. liz says:

    Really great game to watch. was a little disappointed to not see Higuain. I wonder if/how he could’ve changed the game.

  67. Thorpinski says:

    Even so..I think Barca doesn’t win the CL. Today they were the best team in the world, but there’s always someone waiting to take them out.

  68. Pete says:

    Inspiring performance

  69. BlauJoe says:

    Are you drunk? I never said Alves was not a starter, I said that Maxwell was switched for Abidal, which freed Alves to go forward. I understand that Reals wingers switched sides which was baffling since Ronaldo had delivered his best performances on left combining beautifully with Ozil! That impressed you from Mourinho? The one they had to hold was Messi and for that he should have started Diarra. The only one that impressed me from Madrid was the aformentioned Diarrra who refused Mou’s instruction to get into the pitch at min.87!


  70. Bryan says:

    Barca – team on the century, such a joy to watch – makes me want to move to Barcelona and buy seasons tickets – best club team in the world bar none, this team will be talked about for decades….WOW, just WOW!!!

  71. Carlo says:

    Yeah, I just sold everything, and I’m moving to Barcelona!

  72. NK says:

    Do we think that Xavi’s was on purpose? Or was it lucky? I say lucky.

  73. Super Mick says:

    First thing I thought of after seeing this debacle.

  74. BlauJoe says:

    It seems like I’m drunk! Sorry my bad…I didin’t mean the aforementioned Diarra, which is Lassana and we all know finally came in to start the second half and thus correct Mourinho’s initial mistake. I meant Mamadou Diarrra, who refused to go in at min. 87.

  75. BCC says:

    Wow, great game for Barca, but what trophy did they win today?

  76. Neruda says:

    Perhaps it was a bit of luck but it also took concentration. Would you call Villa’s goal between the wickets of Iker Casillas lucky? Perhaps, but it was Braca’s ball possession and speedy attacks that frustrated Madrid to the point that even the great Casillas started to make mistakes.

  77. Neruda says:

    Many of these players held up the WC trophy this last summer and now they’re going at each other with hard tackles, pushes, shoves and slaps. That was enjoyable to see.

  78. Jeramiah says:

    At this very moment. There’s nobody better then Xavi. The way he orchestrates the flow/tempo of the game is incredible. Jose is going to get hammered in the papers tomorrow. Wonder what he’s going to say. I hope he takes it like a man.

  79. DJ says:

    It’d be easy to chalk it up to the stupidity that ESPN seems to cultivate, but an argument was there to be made. Real Madrid was, in fact, on great form; a “disruptive” game is easier to pull off than a creative one; Mourinho has the tactical knowledge and experience to stop Barcelona, having done so with Inter. But when Barcelona is at the top of their game, possessing the ball that much and that well, they are unstoppable.

    That said, Barcelona are only two points ahead of Madrid, with a long season ahead. Injuries, bad luck, etc. could interfere. But Barcelona look very capable of winning another treble.

  80. brokenbil says:

    YES!!! I missed the game, but look forward to seeing the replay on GOLTV. (I assume there will be a replay — anyone know?)

  81. DC Josh says:

    Best club team ever. Of my 15 years of following soccer, I can’t think of a better club.

  82. ... says:

    tomorrow night (Wednesday 12/1) at 8 PM Eastern. Don’t know if there are any before that.

  83. Michael F. SBI Mafia Original says:

    Barca = Thing Of Beauty.
    I have never seen a display put on like that. And not just the 5 goals and not just the shut out. They way they passed amongst themselves, Barca’s time of possession, the incredible passes into space to seemingly no one only to be scooped up by a Barca player making a improbably run – this was one for the ages.

  84. Chris says:

    Looks like Xavi’s was on purpose. The way he looked for the ball to come over his shoulder like it did seems to show that the move was intentional. Now whether he really felt confident that he’d be able to pull it off is another story, but it certainly looked like he was going for it that way.

  85. Karlomarx says:

    Great game by Barcelona. Besides the lop sided victory…this game is just 1 game. Nothing more nothing less.

  86. Pico says:

    Reading RM fans complaining about the non-call on Ronaldo and Guardiola sideline antics is like listening to someone who just lost a limb and is bitching that there are no band-aids.

    The interweb is full of accolades for Barcelona, and there is really not much that I could add. However, I am happy I was able to witness one of the most amazing displays of soccer alongside my little 6 year old boy and we both cheered and laughed.


    BTW, I watched the game three times yesterday, plus the GolTV La Liga report at night.

  87. Becks says:

    Not only does Barca control the tempo with perfectly weighted passing, and clever turns, but they swarm like bees to pressure and immediately win the ball back on defense. It was brilliant on both sides of the ball. Total team futbol. That kind of superior almost telepathic understanding between teammates is what is so absolutely remarkable.

  88. Bumble Biddle Bobble says:

    Dont get me wrong Messi is great. One of the best in the world, but I think Xavi and Iniesta are better. They are the engines of the Barca machine and make the Tika Taka work to perfection. I would even go so far as to say one the the reasons Messi is so good with Barca and less so (still great) with Argentina is b/c he palys with Xavi and Ineista. Just my 2 cents.

  89. Bumble Biddle Bobble says:

    only Cryuff?

    Since he was the one that really created the fundamentals/style of play at the Barca Academy.

  90. Chris says:

    First, fantastic performance by Barca. They looked great last night. Having said that, despite the great win, it only is one win. The La Liga season is 38 games (or somewhere’s abouts – I forget exactly how many teams La Liga has currently). The win doesn’t give them any more points than any of the other games they play, and currently, even with the great win, Real Madrid are only one win away from jumping over Barca in the standings. Fortunately for Real, they don’t play all the other matches against Barca but against Deportivo, Athetico Madrid, etc. As good as Barca play they can’t stop Real in all the other matches. Title race is not over by a long shot. And further, Barca have shown that they can slip (as they did against Hercules earlier in the season). Think Barca are a team more likely to have slips against the smaller teams than Real, and Real will still have a very good chance of toping the league.

    I’m not saying the Real are favorites to win title. Basically that it’s not over by a long shot yet. Just seems like too many people are writing as if it’s already been decided. Still, fantastic performance by Barca.