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Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

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Stay away: Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola is pushed by Real Madrid's Ronaldo during Monday's Primera Liga match at Nou Camp. Barcelona won 5-0. AP PHOTO

Barcelona thrashes Real Madrid, Mourinho

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) As Barcelona kept putting the ball past Iker Casillas and into the net again and again, the celebrations among 98,255 fans at Nou Camp 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 it archrival since a 5-0 victory in January 1994. Barcelona has scored 17 of the last 19 goals in head-to-head matchups.

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