Associated Press  |  Last updated March 13, 2013
(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By JOSEPH WILSON Associated Press Players hugged each other on the field as 90,000-plus fans sang and waved flags in the Catalan colors of red and gold. Weeks of mediocre play had been washed away. With a dominant, historic performance, Barcelona restored its reputation as the world's best soccer team, the one with the flashy passing game others keep trying to duplicate. Barcelona's 4-0 mauling of AC Milan on Tuesday night not only advanced the Blaugrana to the Champions League quarterfinals and kept alive their bid for a fourth title in eight seasons, it helped regain the confidence that dissipated with the illness of coach Tito Vilanova, a first-leg defeat in Milan last month and consecutive losses to Spanish rival Real Madrid. ''Beyond the result and moving on to the next round, we have returned to our origins, and that is what we must feel most satisfied about,'' Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano said Wednesday. ''The fact that we strung tog...
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