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Marvellous Barça performance against Madrid who went ahead within a minute but were overwhelmed by a superior Barça with goals from Alexis, Xavi and Cesc
The team switched to a three man defence after 15 minutes and are now back on top of the league, though Madrid do have a game in hand
For the fourth season on the run, Barça have made a clear statement at the Bernabeu - that they still are the supreme reference point in the world of football. In a high voltage game, the team fought back from a first minute setback with ambition and majestic football. Three goals stamped their authority and ensured another historic win at the home of their great rivals achieved with their trademark style to retake top spot, though Madrid do have a game in hand.
It was the worst possible start for Guardiola's team when a defensive mix up handed Madrid a goal after just 24 seconds as Benzama fired past Valdes. From that moment, Madrid sat back in defence and conceded possession to the much bolder Barça, whilst attempting to maintain a high line. Casillas made a great stop from Messi on six minutes and then on the quarter hour, Guardiola switched to a three man defence - taking maximum risk, but ensuring total domination.
Alexis goal reward for domination
Barça now began to strangle the life out of their hosts, who only threatened sporadically on the counter and although Ronaldo had the chance to make it 2-0 on 24 minutes, Busquets and Puyol were defending like giants at times. Then Messi slipped through the Madrid defence and released Alexis who unleashed a great shot past Casillas to draw Barça level. Tension began to rise now and by half time Barça had seen two cards – Alexis and Messi, both for dissent, though the team had committed just four fouls against Madrid's nine, with just a single yellow card for the hosts.
Cesc heads home lovely Alves cross
If Barça had been unlucky at the start of the first half, they made up for that at the beginning of the second, when on 53 minutes a Xavi shot ricocheted off Marcelo to wrong foot Casillas and put Barça in the lead. Madrid desperately tried to pressure Barça as they tried to play the ball out, which in turn gave the increasingly dangerous looking Barça more space to counter. Ronaldo again blew a chance which would have drawn the teams level just past the hour mark and almost immediately after, Cesc headed in at the far post after a great cross from Alves.
With the scores at 1-3, Madrid got even rougher and the cards began to flow. The hosts were now playing with more heart than head, as they desperately played catch up behind a Barça team who were revelling in their exquisite one touch possession football, exemplified by a brilliant Iniesta action on 80 minutes. There were even chances to stretch the lead, but in the end, Barça's superiority was such as to leave no room for doubt: their beautiful football, the style that defines this team came out top for all the millions of viewers who watched as the Barça philosophy continues to stamp its mark, season after season on the footballing world.
April 10, 2010. Matchday 31, League 2009/10
Barça and Madrid came into matchday 31 level on points. The title race couldn’t have been more exciting and the thrilling showdown between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo was the focus of everybody’s attention. But once again Guardiola’s men showed that they were one step above their great opponents. Barça’s footballing style prevailed over Madrid’s power on offence, Messi and Pedro’s goals gave Barça the edge both in the game and in Barça's bid to win the title. Guardiola’s triumphant cycle wasn’t coming to a halt anytime soon.
R. Madrid: Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Albiol, Garay, Arbeloa, Gago, Xabi Alonso, Marcelo (Guti, min. 57), Van der Vaart (Raúl. min. 69), Cristiano Ronaldo, Higuaín (Benzema, min. 79).
Manager: Manuel Pellegrini
FC Barcelona: Valdés, Puyol, Piqué, Milito (Márquez, min. 79), Maxwell (Iniesta, min. 63), Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Keita, Alves, Messi, Pedro.
Manager: Josep Guardiola
Referee: Mejuto González
Goals: Min. 32, 0-1: Messi
Min. 56, 0-2: Pedro
May 2, 2009. Matchday 34, League 2008/09
A memorable night at the Bernabéu. In Pep Guardiola’s first season as manager, Barça annihilated Madrid with a 2-6 win in the Spanish capital. The victory would go down in the annals of Spanish football history as one of the most convincing and one-sided wins ever in El Clásico. Barça’s superiority over Madrid was so overwhelming that the visiting side never lost its nerve, even when they were behind, knowing full well that the goals would come. Perhaps the most striking image of the match was one of Puyol kissing his captain band, which was the Catalan senyera [Catalan flag], after scoring Barça’s second goal. Barça’s victory at the Bernabéu was a prelude of things to come in the 2008/09 season: Barça’s historic and glorious first-ever treble, the League, the Cup and the Champions League.
R. Madrid: Casillas, Sergio Ramos (Van der Vaart, min. 71), Cannavaro, Metzelder, Heinze, Lass, Gago, Marcelo (Huntelaar, min. 58), Robben (Javi García, min. 78), Raúl, Higuaín.
Manager: Juande Ramos
FC Barcelona: Valdés, Alves, Piqué, Puyol, Abidal, Touré (Sergio Busquets, min. 85), Xavi, Iniesta (Bojan, min. 85), Messi, Eto'o, Henry (Keita, min. 60).
Manager: Josep Guardiola
Referee: Undiano Mallenco
Goals: Min. 13, 1-0: Higuaín
Min. 17, 1-1: Henry
Min. 19, 1-2: Puyol
Min. 35, 1-3: Messi
Min. 55, 2-3: Sergio Ramos
Min 57, 2-4: Henry
Min. 74, 2-5: Messi
Min. 82, 2-6: Piqué
November 19, 2005. Matchday 12, League 2005/06
The game’s most telling image, burned into the memory of all football fans, was the standing ovation the Santiago Bernabéu gave Ronaldinho after the Brazilian scored his second impressive 'solo' goal, it was Barça’s third. Barça played an extraordinary game, with Ronaldinho, Eto’o and Messi as the Catalan team’s flag bearers against a Madrid side that looked lost on the pitch. Madrid’s first shot on goal came on the 76th minute. Barça went on to win La Liga and the Champions League that season.
R. Madrid: Casillas, Salgado, Sergio Ramos, Helguera, Roberto Carlos, Beckham, Pablo García (Baptista, min. 67), Zidane, Raúl (Guti, min. 58), Robinho, Ronaldo.
Manager: Vanderlei Luxemburgo
FC Barcelona: Valdés, Van Bronckhorst, Puyol, Oleguer, Márquez, Edmílson, Messi (Iniesta, min. 70), Xavi, Deco, Eto'o, Ronaldinho.
Manager: Frank Rijkaard
Referee: Iturralde González
Goals: Min. 15, 0-1: Eto'o
Min. 59, 0-2: Ronaldinho
Min. 78, 0-3: Ronaldinho
November 1, 1997. Matchday 9, season 1997/98
Right when the team’s play came under scrutiny in the 97/98 season, Barça stamped its authority on the title race with a hard-fought win at the Bernabéu. The Azulgranas were able to overcome Madrid’s initial offensive flurry. The game was an exciting back and forth match that kept supporters of both teams on the edge of their seats. It was an incredible game, where Barça’s keeper Rud Hesp had an extraordinary performance. Barça ended up winning the title with four Liga games still yet to be played.
R. Madrid: Cañizares, Panucci (Jaime, min. 73), Sanchís, Hierro, Roberto Carlos, Seedorf, Redondo, Amavisca (Morientes, min. 81), Mijatovic, Raúl, Suker.
Manager: Juup Heynckes
FC Barcelona: Hesp, Ferrer, Couto, Reiziger, Sergi, Luis Enrique, De la Peña (Abelardo, min. 25), Figo, Rivaldo, Stòitxkov (Giovanni, min. 53), Òscar (Amor, min. 77).
Manager: Louis van Gaal
Referee: Ansuategui Roca
Goals: Min. 5, 0-1: Rivaldo
Min. 49, 1-1: Raúl
Min. 50, 1-2: Luis Enrique
Min. 62, 2-2: Suker
Min. 79, 2-3: Giovanni
September 2, 1984. Matchday 1, season 1984/85
The game schedule for the 1984/85 season was capricious, the clásico at the Barnabéu was to be played on matchday 1. Terry Venables’ team couldn’t have started their campaign any better as they went on to beat Real Madrid 0-3 (very reminiscent of the 0-5 ten years prior). Schuster, Calderé, Archibald and company imposed their play on the game and the Azlugranas ran away with the match. Barça took top spot in the League after the win, a position they didn’t relinquish all season long. This was the season in which Joaquim Maria Puyal famously shouted “Urruti te quiero!” (Urruti, I love you!) when Barça mathematically won the title in Valladolid.
R. Madrid: Miguel Ángel, Chendo, Bonet, Camacho, San José (Ángel, min. 44), Stielike, Michel, Gallego (Juanito, min. 66), Butragueño, Lozano, Pineda.
Manager: Amancio Amaro
FC Barcelona: Urruti, Sánchez, Migueli, Alexanko, Julio Alberto, Víctor, Schuster, Calderé, Rojo, Archibald, Carrasco.
Manager: Terry Venables
Referee: Urízar Azpitarte.
Goals: Min. 46, 0-1: Ángel (pp)
Min. 85, 0-2: Archibald
Min. 90, 0-3: Calderé
November 27, 1982. Matchday 13, season 1982/83
Maradona’s Barça was in a complicated position when matchday 13 came around, they were four points adrift of League leaders, Real Madrid. Barça stormed the Bernabéu, however, and won the clásico in convincing fashion. Migueli and Alexanco were perfect on defence and Maradona was a constant threat at the other end of the field. The first goal was scored by Esteban, assisted by Maradona, and the second and definitive goal was scored by Quini with a lobbed shot that came practically from the halfway line. In the end, neither Barça or Madrid won the League, Athletic Club de Bilbao won the title.
R. Madrid: Agustín, Juan José, Bonet, Camacho, Metgod, Gallego (Fraile, min. 76), Juanito, Ángel, Santillana, Stielike, Isidro.
Manager: Alfredo di Stéfano
FC Barcelona: Artola, Gerardo, Migueli, Manolo, Alexanko, Víctor, Esteban, Schuster, Quini, Maradona, Carrasco.
Manager: Udo Lattek
Referee: García de Loza.
Goals: Min. 14, 0-1: Esteban
Min. 87, 0-2: Quini
April 30, 1976. Matchday 32, season 1975/76
Justice was served as a serious Barça was able to control Madrid’s attempts at goal while taking advantage of their own. The first goal was scored by Rexach on a beautifully taken free kick and the second, scored in the dying moments of the match, was the icing on the cake for the Azulgranas. Heredia was the goalscorer after a counterattack led by Johan Cruyff. Unfortunately, Barça’s victory came too late as Madrid was just points away from winning the title. In fact, Madrid took the title on the next matchday.
R. Madrid: Miguel Ángel, Sol, Benito, Camacho, Pirri, Del Bosque, Amancio, Breitner, Santillana, Netzer, Macanás.
Manager: Miljan Miljanic
FC Barcelona: Mora, De la Cruz, Migueli, Corominas (Rifé, min. 62), Costas, Neeskens, Rexach, Marcial, Cruyff, Asensi, Heredia (Sánchez, min. 80)
Manager: Laureano Ruiz
Goals: Min. 10, 0-1: Rexach
Min. 84, 0-2: Heredia
February 17, 1974. Matchday 22, season 1973/74
Barça’s legendary title win in the 1973/74 season came after 14 titleless years. Barça’s team, built around the genius Dutchman, Johan Cruyff, brought the Liga title back to the Camp Nou. The season’s most memorable game was Barça’s 5-0 victory over Real Madrid at the Bernabéu. Barça steamrolled over an impotent Real Madrid. Barça’s dominant display was so convincing that a football daily newspaper in Madrid titled their lead story with Madrid in the hands of Barça. They were rag dolls. It's the game that Barça fans will never forget.
R. Madrid: Garcia Remón, Morgado, Benito, Zoco, Rubiñán, Pirri, Netzer, Velázquez, Aguilar (Santillana, min. 46), Amancio, Macanás.
Manager: Luis Molowny
FC Barcelona: Mora, Rifé, Costas, De la Cruz, Torres, Juan Carlos, Rexach, Asensi, Cruyff, Sotil, Marcial (Tomé, min. 70).
Manager: Marinus Michels
Goals: Min. 30, 0-1: Asensi
Min. 38, 0-2: Cruyff
Min. 53, 0-3: Asensi
Min. 63, 0-4: Juan Carlos
Min. 69, 0-5: Sotil