Monday, November 29, 2010

Vintage Monday Night Football

Monday evenings are hardly known for soccer stories but today is a Monday that will go down in soccer history. Everywhere, almost every soccer fan, could be found buzzing only about Barcelona's 5-0 demolition of Real Madrid. The heated derby between these two rivals is always an occasion to savor but today's jaw dropping score-line combined with the beauty of Barcelona's play is going to ensure that this game will live long in the memory.

Sid Lowe's column perfectly manages to capture some of the beauty that was in display at the Nou Camp:

Pep Guardiola's side were imperious, their control breathtaking. Speaking of genuinely special, if this was indeed the game that decided the best player in the world, there can be only one answer. Messi failed to score for the first time in 10 matches but his performance – like those of Andrés Iniesta, Xavi Hernández and Sergio Busquets – was sublime. There were fewer brilliant dribbles, less fantasy but there was a stunning assuredness and impeccable precision in the passing. This was the Messi who controls the game and then decides it.

Barcelona 5 - 0 Real Madrid: Nov 29, 2010, Villa double, Messi show

Here are some other vintage La Liga El Clásico derbies:

Real Madrid 2 - 6 Barcelona : May 2, 2009, a double by Henry

Real Madrid 4 - 1 Barcelona: May 7, 2008

Barcelona 3 - 3 Real Madrid: March 10, 2007, Messi hat-trick

Real Madrid 5 - 0 Barcelona: January 7, 1995, Zamorano hat-trick

Barcelona 5 - 0 Real Madrid: January 8, 1994, Romario hat-trick

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