This was the night when the clamor of the crowd could be heard around the world. Some people had hot tears streaming down their cheeks. Sad tears were shed on the pitch, in the fans, in the locker room, and at home, all as a result of the events at Camp Nou.
El Clasico, one of the world’s biggest events, took place on the 19th of November. The thrilling match between the Spanish clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid ended in a humiliating 5 – 0 defeat.Lots of factors tied to that particular match on that day give us the reason why we chose it as the most sensational match in football history.
There are numerous clashes between teams and countries that have earned the title of the most sensational match in football history, but the buzzworthy match between the two Spanish rivals will be the focus of the article.
The first thing to note about the event was that Real appeared to be on the verge of ending Barça’s La Liga supremacy. Los Blancos were on top of the table (although by a single point) and knew that a win against their old rivals would send a strong message. They also arrived in Catalonia after a 5-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao. Having said that, their opponents were in similar form, having thrashed UD Almeria 8-0 the week before.
Another factor to talk about is the managers of both teams: Jose Mourinho for Real Madrid and Pep Guardiola for Barcelona. Jose Mourinho arrived in Madrid in the summer of 2010 after leading Inter Milan to the Champions League title and defeating Barcelona. After being passed over for the Barcelona position in 2008 at the expense of Guardiola, his goal in Madrid was to return Los Merengues to the top of Spanish football and win a 10th European Cup. He was off to the best start of any Real Madrid coach in the club’s rich history. Then Barca happened to him.
One last factor that could be put into consideration is the presence of the GOAT’s of the first century and their impact on the match. The Ballon d’Or’s first 10 nominees were littered with players from both teams.
Lionel Messi hit the post from an unbelievable angle in the opening exchanges, setting the tone for the contest. Soon later, the Blaugrana would go on to win, with Xavi scoring one of his illustrious career’s most bizarre goals.
Andres Iniesta fizzed in a low pass that rebounded off Marcelo and then Xavi’s behind, sitting up well for the Spaniard to lift it delicately over a stricken Iker Casillas with Barça prowling on the outskirts of the Real Madrid box.
Andres Iniesta sent in a low pass from the edge of the Real box that glanced off Marcelo and then Xavi’s behind, sitting up well for the Spaniard to lift it gently over a stricken Iker Casillas.
The second goal was a perfect embodiment of Pep Guardiola’s tiki-taka approach. The move began with Messi dropping deep enough to receive the ball from Carles Puyol at center-back.
Xavi then found David Villa with a fantastic crossfield spray after five short passes. The resulting cross was subsequently slipped in by Pedro to make it 2-0. The celebration was wild as the commentator screamed, “a flying Pedro! Jose is not smiling now! ” The whole of Pedro’s teammates cupped him up in excitement, excluding the keeper, who was excited but decided to stay calm and collected.
Then followed the first of multiple multi-man brawls, which were sparked by Cristiano Ronaldo and Pep Guardiola’s petulance straight from the schoolyard. To the dismay of a number of Barça and Real players, the Real striker shoved his opponent’s manager for blocking him from taking a throw-in. Victor Valdes’ reaction was particularly stunning in retrospect. He dashed all the way from his goal to hurl some jabs towards Ronaldo’s general direction.
The second altercation included Messi and Ricardo Carvalho, with La Pulga hurling himself to the ground after Mourinho’s finest loyal lieutenant delivered an “elbow”.
Mourinho had his job cut out for him at halftime. The challenge is how to get his team back into the game. He had no idea he was vulnerable.
Messi had a goal disallowed two minutes into the second half. The third, though, arrived seven minutes later. Villa scored after receiving a superbly weighted feed from the Argentine. Barça maintained control of the game after the break, making it 3-0 when Carvalho’s victim put an excellent through ball into the path of Villa.
Of course, if this goal had been scored in 2020, his soul patch would have been thrown out for being slightly offside…
Soon later, Messi and Villa teamed up once more to put the game out of reach. But that wasn’t all she wrote. Before the final whistle, this legendary Clasico gifted us with one more goal and a Sergio Ramos red card.
The last goal came in the 91st minute, when substitute Jeffren poked home. Then, after being handed his matching orders, Ramos started the third incident, collecting up a lengthy charge sheet that included collaborating with Lassana Diarra to slash Messi, pushing Puyol in the face, and giving Xavi a light slap.
Messi’s performance in that game will be remembered for a long time. La Pulga had already shown signs of becoming the supreme playmaker he would become, but this was a different level.
His two assists for Villa’s brace were brilliant, foreshadowing Messi’s otherworldly vision that would define the second act of his career over the next decade.
The last goal also brought about the iconic image of Pique holding up all five fingers to the Cules which reflected the amount of goals scored by the incredible team.
Looking for the match that would arouse all emotions within the human body? Well you’ve come to the right place because one of the most memorable games in history is being brought back to your memory, which held between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on the 29th of November, 2010.
The most memorable match in football history is brought to your doorstep where Barcelona clashes with their greatest Spanish rival, Real Madrid in the Camp Nou.