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Real Madrid Makes Definitive Statement vs. Barca

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The lights went out on Camp Nou just before midnight. The lights had gone out on Barcelona a couple of hours before. There weren't many people left; technicians pulling up cables, loading cameras into huge metal cases and wheeling them towards the exit; one last TV presenter resisting, bringing the clásico into Latin American living rooms; and the man they call The Observer. Not for the first time, he didn't like what he'd seen. This had been a bad night for Barça. It was over two hours since Cristiano Ronaldo had dashed towards the edge of the pitch and performed a gesture whose message was clear: "Relax, I'm here." It was over two hours since he had turned up and sorted everything out. Two hours since he brought an end to the match and to the...

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