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Barcelona-Real Madrid Report Card
by Mike Woitalla, November 30th, 2010 1:17AM
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[SPAIN] In one of the most anticipated games of the year, a clash between La Liga leaders and archrivals, Barcelona thumped Real Madrid, 5-0, at the Camp Nou before a crowd of 98,255. For video highlights and player ratings by Soccer America's Mike Woitalla...

* Barcelona's victory extended its La Liga win streak to seven games and moved it into first place, two points ahead of Real Madrid, which has now lost the last five clasicos.

* Barca was up 2-0 within 18 minutes, with both goals coming after it strung together more than 20 passes. Xaviscored the first and Pedro the second.

* Lionel Messi, who hit the post with a curling chip in the 6th minute, didn’t get a goal of his own but was a constant threat and set up both David Villa goals with low, accurate defense-splitting passes after skipping past midfield opponents.

* Villa, who arrived from Valencia last summer on a $50 million transfer, also assisted on Pedro’s strike.

* Two late subs combined on the fifth goal: 22-year-old Jeffren Suarez finishing a service from 20-year-old Bojan Krkic.

Barcelona
Starters
Rating/Player (Country) Age

5 Victor Valdes (Spain) 28
6 Dani Alves (Brazil) 27
7 Carles Puyol (Spain) 32
6 Gerard Pique (Sapin) 23
6 Eric Abidal (France) 31
8 Xavi (Spain) 30
7 Sergio Busquets (Spain) 22
7 Andres Iniesta (Spain) 26
8 Lionel Messi (Argentina) 23
7 Pedro (Spain) 23
9 David Villa (Spain) 28
Subs:
6 Bojan Krkic (Spain) 20
6 Jeffren Suarez (Spain) 22
NR Seydou Keita (Mali) 30

Real Madrid
Rating/Player (Country) Age

4 Iker Casillas (Spain) 29
2 Sergio Ramos (Spain) 24
3 Ricardo Carvalho (Portugal) 32
4 Pepe (Portugal) 27
3 Marcelo (Brazil) 22
3 Sami Khedira (Germany) 23
4 Xabi Alonso (Spain) 29
5 Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) 25
3 Mesut Ozil (Germany) 22
6 Angel Di Maria (Argentina) 22
4 Karim Benzema (France) 22
Subs:
4 Lassana Diarra (France) 25
3 Alvaro Arbeloa (Spain) 23

(Ratings: 1=terrible; 5=average; 10=brilliant.)


Barcelona-Real Madrid highlights …




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  1. Kenneth Barr
    commented on: November 30, 2010 at 9:37 a.m.
    A theatre critic described "The Producers" this way, "How do you list the highlights of a bonfire?" That's how I feel about Barca's performance against the vaunted Real, Christiano Ronaldo and the "Special One." Messi was unlucky not to score, his first half chip had Casillas clawing at air. Your rating of 4 might be a little harsh for Spain's #1, given that he could easily sue his defense for lack of support. Barca could have easily scored eight or nine on their form. He was at fault on Barca's second when he failed to cut out the cross, allowing Pedro the easiest of tap-ins. While Ronaldo was limited to one freekick miss, Messi created two goals with passes of the highest quality. The debate is over. Messi is by far the better all around player, Ronaldo disappears when the going gets tough. As for tactics, Mourinho gets a big fat zero for having his defense play off side trap. As was shown on replay, not one of Barca's goals were off side, the closest call being Villa's first, which the replay showed him level with the second last defender. Real's defender's knew it for not once did they appeal by flexing their Arsenal muscles (raising their arms). Xavi's opener showed exquisite skill, a back heel flick over his head for a neat lob over the stranded keeper. On the other hand, Real's best chance was off an errant Barca back pass that Valdes palmed away for a corner. Otherwise, a whole lot of nothing from the men in white. Ronaldo said after Barca scored eight last week that he wanted to see them do it to Real. Well, he's seen it. Next time, keep your mouth shut, Mr. Man Utd reject, and work harder. You have a ways to go before you deserve to mentioned in the same sentence with the likes of Messi, Villa, Xavi and Iniesta.
  1. Tyler Dennis
    commented on: November 30, 2010 at 12:01 p.m.
    Well said Kenneth!
  1. Kent James
    commented on: December 1, 2010 at 8:20 a.m.
    Nice summation Kenneth. Give also some credit to the Assistant Referees who got some pretty tough offside calls (or non-calls) right.

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