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Full Time: Barcelona go four points clear as Messi and Suarez turn on the style. Messi was on the forefront of it all and on the balance of play, deserved to win the tie. There were several chances for the home side that went astray and Real will feel cheated about the disallowed goal. The win is what counted and Ronaldo and co are guilty of going missing in the second half.
90 + 3: It’s all over. Barca nail it in the end. Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid
92′ Tension in the air and it’s three added minutes. Messi tries to thread a ball in to Suarez and the ball is straight to Varane. Suarez then gets the ball and has an easy ball to play with only one man in the Madrid back four. It’s a lose ball.
89‘ There is a threat for the home side as there is plenty of possession from Real. Marcelo trips Messi and is lucky to be on the pitch and Madrid start another attack.
88‘ Frantic defending from Barca and Real get in Lucas Silva for Modric.
86′ Messi is in the middle of everything here. He starts another attack and the ball is returned from Alba and Messi takes a shot but again, Casillas tips it away.
85′ Real get a free kick but yet again, lose the ball far to easily and its a great save from Casillas!!! Messi slips an expert through ball to Alba and the left back shoots but the Real skipper comes out and makes a point blank save.
Substitution – Rafinha on for Neymar
84′ Neymar, Suarez and Messi work well in tandem and Neymar goes down. The ball comes back to Barca’s feet and is slipped through to Suarez and the ball is shot wide from the Uruguayan.
82‘ Jese on the left wing takes the ball and Messi takes the ball and runs down the left flank and Varane takes it out of touch. Corner. The ball is taken by Madrid and nothing comes of their lob.
80′ Messi claims he was fouled by Kroos but the referee waves play on and Real win a corner. The ball is taken quickly and the away side try to find a way in.
Interesting Substitution – Barca -Iniesta off- Xavi in
78′ Benzema tries to forge a way in and from left to right, moves swiftly and takes a shot and the ball hits Mascherano and Bravo does well to parry the ball away.
76′ Toni Kroos claims he was fouled and Dani Alves is living dangerously. Messi creates another attack after getting past the Real defence with some ease and Suarez plays a lovely backheel in the area. Messi shifts to his right and takes a shot and the ball is straight at the defence.
Substitution- Barca- Sergio Busquests for Ivan Rakitic
73‘ There is a wave of attack and Barca miss two glorious chances to go three up. First, Messi runs into space and curls the ball to the far left post and is inches wide. Then Messi creates another chance and passes it to Neymar, who yet again is wasteful and should have taken a first time shot and the actual shot goes narrowly wide.
Substitution: Rafael Varane in for Pepe
71′ There is a foul by Dani Alves and the ball is stolen from Bale’s feet. Messi gets the ball and slows the tempo and the ball is pushed from side to side as Barca try to regain their composure. Isco puts the ball out of touch.
70′ So much excitement in the game and Barca get possession for a brief while and the ball is on Neymar’s feet. After a good run, he runs into a dead end and the attack comes to an end.
68′ Free Kick to Real Madrid from 35 yards out. Ronaldo chips the ball in and the Barca defence take the ball out of the danger area.
66′ Shot- Neymar. That was a superb run from Neymar in the middle and Suarez also makes a good run and finds space on the Brazilian’s right. Neymar makes space and smashes a shot from just outside the box. It’s a 2 vs 2 situation and the ball goes narrowly wide of the post.
65′ Ronaldo tries to get into the box but Mascherano and Mathieu do well to take the ball out. The ball is lobbed to Neymar at the other end and the Brazilian goes down far too easily and tries to get Carvajal sent off.
62′ Both teams are down to 10 men as Ramos and Iniesta go to the touchline to get some treatment. There is another foul as Isco is booked. Yellow Card -Isco Barca players falling down like a pack of cards with every slight challenge and a barrage out fouls are waved by the referee.c
60′ The Nou Camp goes up in arms as Ramos goes down clutching his face. Importantly, there is a tussle elsewhere as the crowd thinks Ronaldo made a studs up challenge on Mascherano. The Argentine midfielder just made the most out of the situation and is booked for his earlier foul against the Portuguese. Yellow Card -Mascherano
58′ Madrid immediately try to get a way back in the contest but Marcelo’s shot lacks venom. For the first time, Barca press with purpose upfront and pay rich dividends. Los Blancos passing goes astray and Isco trips Messi. Foul.
55′ Goal!!! Luis Suarez, Barca 2-Real Madrid 1 What a ball and what a finish! First, Dani Alves gets the ball on the right wing. It’s a sixty yard ball and Suarez shows his brilliance with his exquisite control and takes it past two Madrid defenders before slotting the ball to the left corner. Superb stuff.
54‘ Marcelo takes the throw in and the Madrid midfield slow down the tempo. The ball is swept in from Modric and the ball is lost from Benzema’s feet.
52‘ Messi chips the ball in and the Real defenders would take the ball out for a corner. The corner is taken and the ball is cleared for another corner. Rakitic takes another corner and the ball is cleared again. Real have possession finally.
51‘ There is Messi and he jinks his way through in one his trademark mazy runs and Modric brings him down. Foul and free-kick in a threatening area. Yellow Card- Luca Modric
50′ Brilliant footwork from Rakitic and he delivers a sweeping ball to the Real end and it’s a 1 vs 2 situation and but the ball is taken out to safety.
49′ Here again, the free-kick is cleared out by Ramos and the ball goes in breakneck speed at the Barca end and Barca’s shambolic defending helps Benzema to take a shot and the ball is straight to Bravo.
48‘ The second half kicks off and the ball is straightaway Real Madrid is on the attack and the ball goes to goal but the final pass is overhit. Messi is double teamed and the ball is taken by Isco but is stopped in his tracks. There is Neymar on the ball at the other end, Carvajal bundles him over. Yellow Card – Dani Carvajal
44′ Barca are defending terribly and Real are winning the ball back with ease. There is a booking though. Yellow Card -Marcelo and that will be the last action of the half that has seen Real Madrid finish dominantly in the final phase of it.
43′ Miss from Bale!! The corner is taken and the players don’t have a clue where the ball is. The ball lands at Bale’s feet, who takes a shot and the ball is wide of the post. The ball was just inches wide.
42′ Shot -Ronaldo Ronaldo gets the ball after some excellent play from Benzema from the left-wing. There is a shot and its is from Ronaldo. Brillant effort and Bravo tips it over for a corner.
41′ The tackle from Pique on Bale was outstanding and is surely one of the best moments of the half. Since the contentious call, Barca have had possession and yet again tame outside their ‘D’
40′ Goal disallowed A disastrous call as Real should have had the lead here. The ball is crossed in and Ronaldo heads the ball to the far post and Bale slides the ball into goal, only to find that the flag is raised. Controversial call and clearly incorrect.
38′ Yellow Card – Jordi Alba There is an infringement around the penalty area. Replays shows that Pique had clipped Ronaldo but Alba gets a booking. Clearly a case of mistaken identity. No foul given though
36′ Real look dangerous again as Bale makes a run down the right and Mathieu, yet again is brilliant at the back.
35′ There is quite a duel between Pepe and Suarez. The former Liverpool man yet again clatters into Pepe, who this time grimaces and is limping. He is back on his feet now though.
33′ The Barca players protest against Kroos. The ball is won back by Real and Luca Modric takes a shot from distance and the ball goes well wide of the past. Real are threatening.
32′ Goal!!! Ronalo scores, Barca 1-1 Real what a counterattack. On the other end, Neymar, unmarked misses a sitter. He hits the ball straight into Casillas. The attack starts. The ball reaches Benzema, who yet again engineers a superb move with a stylish backheel and Ronaldo toe pokes the ball past Bravo. Game on.
30′ Barca try to work a 1-2 and Rakitic tries to make his way into the box. The ball hits the Madrid wall and the ball is out for a corner.
28′ Yellow Card- Luis Suarez This was stupid from the Uruguayan. Pepe goes down after getting a feather touch on his shin. Suarez vehemently protests against the foul and referee takes out a card and now each team have a player booked.
26′ Neymar lobs the ball down the ground for Messi. Casillas is miles off his line and shows a Van Persie tribute with a diving forward header. The ball is cleared. Mathieu almost heads the ball back into goal.
24′ Real have the ball and are attacking down the right flank and and are looking promising here. Ronaldo gives the ball to Marcelo and he cuts to the right and takes a shot. Mathieu blocks the ball well.
23‘ The free-kick is taken by Messi and the ball hits the wall and goes behind for a corner. Rakitic claims that he was pushed in the box. The corner is taken and the ball is played short and nothing comes off it.
22′ Its a foul again and this time Ramos does no get away. It was a crunching challenge against Suarez again and the referee goes into his pocket and brandishes a yellow card
20′ It was a free kick at the box with Pepe fouling Suarez. Messi takes the free-kick and Jeremy Mathieu powers a bullet header past Casillas and Barca and up and away.
18′ Goal!! Barca 1-Real 0
17‘ Promising attack from Barca and Messi heads it wide. Madrid threatened with Dani Alves stopping Marcelo in his tracks and the attack was started by Alves. the ball was squared to Messi, who switches the ball to Neymar. The Brazilian crosses and the ball is headed wide by Messi.
14′ Barca start an attack and Iniesta runs with the ball on the left wing and tries to slip it through to Messi in the centre but the pass is too quick and replays show that Ramos had made a little nudge of Neymar and the Brazilian tried to make most of that situation.
12′ Ronaldo hits the bar!!! That was a superb counterattack from Real and that was the first clearcut chance of the game. Excellent play from Benzema who comes in from the right flank and delivers an inch perfect chip into the box. Ronaldo hits it with his instep but the ball hits the underside of the bar. The ball is still in play and there is another chance from the right-wing this time but Ronaldo, on this occasion hits the ball way over.
11‘ Neymar is tripped around the penalty area and there is a cry for a foul but nothing doing. Neymar claims there was an elbow on his throat.
10′ Bale is involved with a touchline battle with Dani Alves. The Welshman runs with the ball and the referee blows the foul and we have the first free-kick of the game. Bale is given a telling off and Barcaq restart. Again, the home side threaten around the penalty area.
8′ Camp Nou jeer Casillas for time wasting and Real start an attack. The ball is passed to the right wing, where Gareth Bale is available and he runs with the ball and squares the ball to Benzema. The Frenchman takes a shot from 25 yards out but is off the mark. Madrid players appeal for a corner but is not given.
6′ Iniesta gets some treatment after being on the receiving end of a strong tackle. The attack starts again as Jordi Alba’s lob is way off the mark. Barca being to play their passing game and Madrid’s defence is under pressure. Neymar tries to find Suarez with a through ball but is slightly overhit.
4‘ Iniesta gets the ball and runs down the left flank and delivers a ball into the box and Ivan Rakitic makes a run into the six-yard area. the Real defenders clumsily take the ball out for a corner.
2′ Barcelona start things off and Barca play from right to left here. The ball is passed back to Gerard Pique, who comes forward and passes the ball to Iniesta on the left wing. good interpassing from Suarez and Neymar and the ball is snuffed out and passed to Ronaldo’s feet. The Camp Nou greet with a chorus of boos and Barca already are threatening.
It’s close to kick-off time as the red, blue and yellow mosaic is unfurled by the Barca fans. What a sight it is as Casillas and Iniesta lead their teams out.
Hello and welcome to the Live Updates of the all important El Clasico match between Barcelona and Real Madrid. Its a six pointer clash and real Madrid have put out a starting line-up that’s on expected lines. Sergio Busquets meanwhile misses out for Barca and as he comes back after an ankle injury. The Blaugurana’s recent form has been terrific and Lionel Messi has been on the forefront of it all. Cristiano Ronaldo started the season in phenomenal goalscoring form. However the goal glut has tapered off and it is the home side who start off as favourites. Catch the Live Streaming of the match here
A win for Real would see them leapfrog back to the top with the destiny of the title firmly in their hands. As always in this kind of game, all eyes will be on the stars: Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez for Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale for Real.
Messi has been on fire and his 32 league goals have seen him overtake an out of sorts Ronaldo as the league’s top scorer. Bale had been doubted by the press and fans, but last week saw him score twice to give Madrid a 2-0 win over Levante. However, the Clasico is about more than the star strikers. And much will depend on how Luka Modric, who is still working back to match-fitness and a tired Tony Kroos can impose themselves on the Barcelona midfield. Catch the preview of the contest here
Barcelona: Claudio Bravo; Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Jeremy Mathieu, Jordi Alba; Javier Mascherano, Ivan Rakitic, Andres Iniesta; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar. Substitutes: Ter Stegen, Adriano, Marc Bartra, Sergio Busquets, Rafinha, Xavi, Pedro.
Real Madrid: Iker Casillas; Dani Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Luca Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco; Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo. Substitutes: Navas, Rafael Varane, Alvaro Arbeloa, Lucas Silva, Asier Illarramendi, Jese Rodriguez, Javier Hernandez.