• Another historic thrashing at Camp Nou, says El Pais
• Xavi's 20 minutes of genius, adds Marca
Spain's press was littered with words such as "thrashed", "humiliated" and "ridiculed" following Barcelona's comprehensive 5-0 defeat of Real Madrid at Camp Nou last night.
Madrid went into the match unbeaten in 19 competitive matches under the coach José Mourinho and with a one-point lead over Barça at the top of the Primera Division, but they were swept aside by Pep Guardiola's side.
The front page of Sport, a Catalunya-based daily, had a picture of a splayed hand with the headline: "5-0. Slap to Mourinho. Thrashing, humiliation and leaders!"
It added: "Footballing lesson from Barça to Madrid, who received another historic thrashing at the Camp Nou ."
Sport, which also advertisedT-shirts commemorating the victory, added inside: "Another golden page for Barça. Spectacular game of the Azulgranas [blue and scarlet] which ridiculed their rivals. The humiliation left Mourinho hiding on the bench. The whole world saw how there is still no team like Barca."
Sport's fellow Barcelona-based paper El Mundo Deportivo's front page was emblazoned with a huge 5-0 over the picture of Barça's goalkeeper Victor Valdés and the centre-back Gerard Piqué holding up their hands up with fingers outstretched in celebration of the result.
The headline read: "Madrid thrashed!"
Spain's biggest-selling paper, the Madrid-based Marca, also praised Barça but, ludicrously, pointed an accusing finger at the referee Eduardo Iturralde González despite his leniency in allowing Ricardo Carvalho to stay on the pitch for deliberate handball when last man and denying Pedro an almost certain second and Barça a then fifth goal.
In its online edition the headlines were: "Slap to Real Madrid" and "This Barça is a machine".
The front cover of its newspaper added: "After 18 minutes it was already 2-0 thanks to the football from another galaxy of Xavi, Villa and SuperMessi. Iturralde [the referee] denied a penalty from Valdés on CR7 [Cristiano Ronaldo] and an offside of 'El Guaje' [Villa] in the third goal. Ramos was sent off for taking out the Argentinian and then lost control."
It continued inside, saying: "Memorable symphony. Barça destroy a disappointing Madrid. Lesson of class, intelligence and the precision of their midfielders. The biggest defeat of a team of Mourinho's".
Marca also heaped praise on Barça's playmaker Xavi, who had been struggling with an Achilles tendon problem but was in stunning form again last night.
"Xavi broke the game with 20 minutes of genius," said Marca in giving the midfielder its star-man award. "There is no other like him. Xavi was a cyclone. He dominated all aspects of the game; control, passing, precision, acceleration, pausing, pressure and [scored a] goal."
Another Madrid-based sports newspaper, AS, showed a picture of the Barça striker Bojan Krkic and Sami Khedira attempting to hold back Ramos as the referee showed him a red card, with the headline: "Thrashed and in tatters".
Ramos had been dismissed for his ugly foul on Messi and then shoved Barça's captain Carles Puyol and Xavi – both Spain team-mates of the defender – in the face as he made his way off the pitch.
Inside AS it added: "Barcelona danced against a Madrid without soul. They had no answer to the touch football of Barça."
In its sports pages, El Pais, the biggest-selling non-sports paper, spoke of: "An historic Azulgrana festival. Superb footballing lesson from the Azulgrana team who dismantled an impotent Madrid with five goals and claimed the league leadership."
El Mundo added on its front page: "Barcelona humiliate Real Madrid once again".