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Barcelona Beats Real Madrid 5-0

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BARCELONA, Spain — As Barcelona kept putting the ball past Iker Casillas and into the net again and again, the celebrations among 98,255 fans at Camp Nou stadium increased along with Real Madrid's frustrations.

Barcelona didn't just beat its rival, it embarrassed Real Madrid and coach Jose Mourinho with a 5-0 victory Monday night, moving into first place in the Spanish league with its record fifth straight win in the `Clasico' matchup. Barcelona ended Real Madrid's 26-game unbeaten streak.

"For a first `Clasico' you couldn't ask for more," said David Villa, who scored twice off laser-like passes from Lionel Messi to break open the game early in the second half.

Goals by Xavi Hernandez in the 10th minute and Pedro Rodriguez in the 18th, the latter capping a 22-pass buildup, put the defending Spanish champion ahead 2-0, and Villa doubled the lead in the 54th and 57th minutes. Substitute Jeffren Suarez got the final goal in the 90th as Barcelona celebrated the 111th anniversary of its founding.

"We are proud because the world has seen us play the way we like to play," Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said.

Benches cleared in the first half after Cristiano Ronaldo shoved Guardiola. Madrid defender Sergio Ramos was ejected in second-half injury time for a wild tackle on Messi.

"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."

Before the game, Barcelona fans taunted Mourinho by referring to him as "El Traductor," a reference to when he worked for the club as a translator in the 1990s under coaches Bobby Robson and Louis van Gaal.

Mourinho later coached Porto (2004) and Inter Milan (2010) to Champions League titles before he was hired to revive Real Madrid. A Mourinho-coached team had never before lost by this large a margin.

Barcelona's speed and quick-touch passing game frustrated Madrid throughout in its most one-sided win against Madrid since a 5-0 victory in January 1994. Barcelona has scored 17 of the last 19 goals in head-to-head matchups.

Neither Messi nor Ronaldo scored in the meeting of the current and 2008 FIFA players of the year. But Messi had a dominant game, and Ronaldo failed to make an impact. While Messi's nine-game goal-scoring streak for Barcelona ended, he set up Villa's goals with passes that sliced open Madrid's defense.

Real Madrid had been 21-0-5 since losing 2-0 at home to Barcelona on April 10, including 15-0-4 this season. It was a measure of revenge for Barcelona, which lost to Mourinho's Inter last spring in the Champions League semifinals.

"I spoke with my players a few minutes ago and I told them the season had not ended today," Mourinho said. "Last year I left here with a loss (in the group phase) and a couple of months later I left here heading to the final of the Champions, who knows what can happen this year."

After Barcelona routed Almeria 8-0 a week earlier, Ronaldo quipped: "Let's see if Barcelona can score eight goals next Monday." The Blaugrana got more than halfway there.

Mourinho, the self-dubbed "Special One," sat stone-faced as he dropped to 0-4-2 in six games at Camp Nou that included three matches with Chelsea and two with Inter Milan. And Ronaldo remained scoreless in six matches against Barca.

"When they scored the third goal the game was over," Mourinho said. "I just wanted my team to retain their balance and dignity on the pitch."

Barcelona moved into first place at 11-1-1 with 34 points, two ahead of Madrid (10-1-2). The teams meet again in the Spanish capital on April 16 or 17.

Madrid's frustration came to a boil in the 31st minute when both benches cleared after Ronaldo shoved Guardiola when the Barcelona coach didn't hand over the ball for a throw-in. Even the diminutive Andres Iniesta was in Ronaldo's face, and both the forward and Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes received yellow card.

"These things happen during the game," said Guardiola, who hasn't lost against Madrid in two-plus seasons.

Madrid got physical in a bid to slow the game and regain its composure, with Messi even drawing a yellow card in the 45th.

It was only the third `Clasico' on a Monday, following day-after-Easter meetings in 1964 and 1972. This year's game was moved so it wouldn't conflict with regional elections Sunday.

"They were better in all aspects," said Xabi Alonso, the only Madrid player to speak after the game. "What's clear is there's a lot of league left to play. Let's hope this defeat doesn't affect us, but time will tell."

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