On this day: Real suffer El Clasico humiliation
Barcelona versus Real Madrid is one of world football's biggest games and back in 2010 Barcelona embarrassed their rivals - beating them 5-0 at the Nou Camp.
In what was the first El Clasico of the season, which had been held over from the weekend following the Catalan local elections, Barca welcomed their arch-rivals to the Nou Camp where new boss Jose Mourinho was hoping to maintain what had been an impressive start for him as Real chief.
The Portuguese coach had led Los Blancos to the top of La Liga in the first four months of the season and this was expected to be another closely-fought battle between the big two in Spain. However, Barca didn’t read that script and ran out convincing 5-0 winners to take over at the top in memorable circumstances.
Barca, under Pep Guardiola, had been the team to beat in Spain after back-to-back title successes but Mourinho, fresh from winning the Champions League with Inter Milan, was brought in to challenge the Blaugrana but his first taste of the Barca-Real rivalry as a manager did not go well.
The home side raced out of the blocks and were 2-0 up inside 18 minutes after early goals from Xavi and Pedro put them in control. Real were stunned and attempted to get themselves back in the game but Angel Di Maria was denied by a fantastic save from Victor Valdes.
Lionel Messi ran the show for Guardiola’s men and completely outshone personal rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the process. The Argentine set up the third and fourth goals for David Villa in quick succession as the Barca striker notched his seventh and eighth goals of the season in the space of two minutes early in the second half.
By that time, Real had been well and truly humbled but it got worse as substitute Jeffren made it 5-0 in injury time and Sergio Ramos was sent off shortly after for the visitors following a melee. It was a bad tempered ending to a wholly disappointing occasion for Mourinho and his players but one that would live long in the memory for Barca.
Guardiola’s side would go on to be crowned champions again that season, finishing four points clear of Real in second, while the Catalans would also take Inter’s European title, beating Manchester United in the Champions League final at Wembley the following May.
Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.