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Spain fete ‘magical’ Barca night

Spain fete ‘magical’ Barca night
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Spain on Wednesday feted Barcelona’s ‘magical’ 4-0 demolition of Milan, praising the Catalans for a spectacularChampions League fightback that swept aside fears that their greatest days may be behind them.

‘Barcelona is back!’ blared the front page of best-selling sports daily Marca. ‘The comeback -- and on track for a dreamed of clasico,’ said rival AS. ‘What a night!’ declared the front page of Barcelona-based Mundo Deportivo.

After going down 2-0 in the first leg in the San Siro, Barcelona’s Xavi Hernandez had said the only thing this generation of Barca players lacked was a historic European comeback.

 Many pundits doubted they could manage it as Barcelona seemed to be in a rut, suffering two humiliating defeats in five days to archrivals Real Madrid.

But Barca’s magical night saw Lionel Messi’s brace and a goal a piece from former Valencia stars David Villa and Jordi Alba.

‘Messi’s Barca now has its magical night, its epic, its comeback. Its glory,’ said Santi Nolla, sports writer in Mundo Deportivo. ‘In a stroke, they delivered a 4-0 Champions League win over Milan and embedded 90 minutes into history.’

Fellow Catalan paper Sport exploded with joy over the win.

‘Happiness has a name: Barca, Barca, Barca!,’ wrote Sport’s columnist Josep Maria Casanovas.
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