The first installment of El Clasico matches for this season will be taking place at Camp Nou this evening.
Despite the absence of key men Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, a thrilling encounter is still expected in the 272nd El Clasico.
This is the first El Clasico without Messi nor Ronaldo in over a decade.
That said, the importance of the points at stake in Sunday’s El Clasico cannot be overemphasized for both teams.
Getafe’s 2-0 win over Real Betis in the early kick-off today means they climb above Madrid into eighth in the standings,
Aside from the fact that a win would do wonders for Julen Lopetegui’s side, if Madrid win today they could go above Alaves in fourth place.
As for Barcelona, they will retake the lead from Atletico Madrid should they avoid defeat today after Diego Simeone’s side beat Real Sociedad 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.
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Kickoff is 4.15 p.m.
Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen, Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Arthur, Busquets, Rakitic; Rafinha, Suarez, Coutinho
Subs: Brandariz, Cillessen, Dembele, El Haddadi, Semedo, Malcom, Vidal
Real Madrid XI: Courtois; Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Isco; Bale, Benzema
Subs: Asensio, Ceballos, Mariano, Lucas, Navas, Ordiozola, Valverde
The two teams are out for warm-ups and the stands at Camp Nou is filling up gradually as the fans are trooping in numbers for EL Clasico
kick off at camp nou
Benzema flagged offside
Ramos gets a warning from the referee after a rough charge on a Barca player
First shot of the game taken by Benzema but far from threatening
Philippe Coutinho gets the opening goal for Barcelona
The ugly trend of conceding early goals continues for Real Madrid… They conceded two goals in the first quarter of an hour against Levante, while CSKA Moscow scored in the second minute and the start of the game in Seville was a nightmare for Lopetegui’s men.
Barcelona playing with greater confidence following the opening goal from Coutinho… This is the fourth La Liga goal for the Brazilian this season
Marcelo with a fast shot from distance but the Barca keeper makes an easy catch
Suarez falls down off a challenge from Ramos but referee waves play on… rightly though
Astonishing save from Courtois as Barcelona try to double their lead
Barcelona get a free kick near the center circle
The last five meetings at the Camp Nou have produced an average of three goals a game.. we should hope for more goals today
Eight fouls committed so far… Barcelona guilty of five and Real Madrid with three
Ramos with a long shot on target… but ball goes straight into the waiting hands of the Barca goalkeeper
Barcelona make a shout for a penalty kick as Suarez goes down in the box… VAR to be consulted
First time ever that VAR will be used in an EL Clasico game
Penalty for Barca as Varane is found guilty
Suarez takes the kick… It is a GOAL!!
Courtois goes the right way but Suarez’s kick could not be stopped
Varane intercepts a lovely pass lobbed over to Jordi Alba
YELLOW CARD: Rakitic booked for a challenge on Toni Kroos
YELLOW CARD: Nacho booked for a foul on Coutinho
It’s the first El Clasico of the season, but will it be Julen Lopetegui’s final match in charge?
Lopetegui needs to change something…and quick.
Barcelona appear to have slowed down the game for their advantage
BIG CHANCE! Pique with a free header nods awkwardly
Isco wins a free kick for Real Madrid but Barcelona initiate a counter-attack off it
HALFTIME: Barcelona 2-0 Real Madrid
Barcelona kick off the second half
Lucas Vazquez has replaced Raphael Varane in the Real Madrid team
Free kick given to Real Madrid as Kroos is brought down by Suarez
Marcelo flings a cross but Benzema’s connecting header blocked
GOALLL !! Marcelo reduces the deficit
Nice start to the second half by Real Madrid
Gareth Bale gets a yellow card for a challenge on Rakitic
CLOSE!!! Modric rattles the bar with a low drive
Corner kick for Real Madrid as the visitors are getting the upper hand now
Injured Lionel Messi and son watching from the stands
Barcelona enjoying better ball possession 54% while Real Madrid have 46%
Chance for Barcelona but Rakitic hits the woodwork
Pique with a vital block as Isco is denied the chance to shoot inside the Barcelona box
Ramos helps block away a shot by Jordi Alba
Casemerio and Ramos help defend another goal run by Suarez
MISS!!! Benzema fails to direct his header into the net
Barcelona SUB: Semedo is on as a sub for Rafinha
Another SUB: Coutinho is out for Dembele
GOALLL!! What a header Suarez makes it 3-1
Suarez has taken his tally to six La Liga goals this season.. Only Messi on seven has scored more than the Uruguayan
Suarez gets a yellow card
SUB: Bale is taken off for Asensio
Over 93,000 fans present at Camp Nou for this El Clasico
Real Madrid Coach looking animated on the sidelines …
SUB: Marcelo is off for Marion Diaz
HAT TRICK!!! Suarez makes it 4-1
A costly error by Ramos may just be the final nail in the Real Madrid coffin
Vidal makes it 5-1!
Great run by Dembele and fine header by Vidal
Two minutes added time
Real Madrid embarrassed as Benzema misses another chance
Full Time Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid