One of the fiercest rivalries in club football will be reignited again tonight at the Santiago Bernabeu as another instalment of EL Clasico is set to go down
Sunday’s ‘Clasico’ is quite crucial as far as La Liga’s title race is concerned.
Defending Champions Barca take a two-point lead into the clash at the Santiago Bernabeu after cashing in on a poor run of form by Zinedine Zidane’s side, who drew 2-2 with Celta Vigo and lost to Levante in their last two league fixtures.
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Kickoff is 9.pm
Real Madrid XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco Benzema, Vinicius.
Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen, N. Semedo, Pique, Sergio, Arthur, Messi, Griezmann, Jordi Alba, F. De Jong, Vidal, Umtiti.
Game underway at the Santiago Bernerbeau
Fast-pace start here by both teams
Corner kick for Real Madrid.. Benzema with a volley just over the bar
Barcelona stringing up passes in the middle of the park as they try to unlock the Real Madrid defence
Marcelo tries a cut back from the left side
Vinicus Jnr booked for a rash challenge.. He gets the first yellow card of the game
Vinicus takes on Semedo but his final cross fails to locate Benzema at the other end of the pitch
Testergen takes his time as Barcelona look to launch another attack
Real Madrid with two attempts already but none for Barcelona for now
Good defensive work by Semedo dispossessed Vinicus of the ball
For the first time Barcelona find a way into the Real Madrid box but they have been disposed of the ball
Carvahal and Jordi Alba gets yellow card
With three yellow cards inside 20 minutes.. Will there be a red card tonight?
Real Madrid with a run down the left flank but the cross by Marcelo is well intercepted
Chance for Barcelona but Griezmann fails to get his shot down and it sails over the cross bar
Barcelona have grown into the game and are dominating the ball possession at 59% to 41%
Half way through the first half.. Still 0-0
Long spell of possession by Barcelona but no threat at all for Real Madrid
Ramos win a free kick for Real Madrid
Vinicus cuts it back for Benzema who lays a pass for Kroos.. The German tries a shot but his effort is off the target
Messi with the first shot on target.. No problem for Thibuat Courtoius
A free kick for the challenge by Benzema on Jordi Alba
We have gone pass the half hour mark and it is still 0 – 0 at Santiago Bernerbeau
Corner kick for Barcelona but its headed awa by Benzema
Messi with a shot but Courtois makes another save, his third of the game
Great defending by Real Madrid denies Vidal a shot at goal
Half Time.. Real Madrid 0-0 Barcelona
The second half is on as Barcelona take the center pass
Cristiano in the stands for tonight’s El Classico
No changes by either manager at half time
Lionel Messi is brought down by Casemerio and Barcelona win a free kick
Barcelona dominating the ball possession in the early stages of this second half
Real Madrid have committed 10 fouls so far tonight compared to Barcelona’s 4
Isco with curling effort but Testergen with a superb save to deny Real Madrid the opening goal
Well-timed tackle by Pique takes of the ball from Vinicus
Free kick for Real Madrid as Vidal commits a foul.. Tertesgen deals with tahr easily
Isco comes close but Pique clears off the line
Chances coming thick and fast for Real Madrid but Benzema blows up another opportunity
Substitution : Vidal makes way for Braithwaite
Braithwaite almost made an instant impact but Real Madrid escape that scare
Goal…. Vinicus Junior gets the opening goal
The ball deflects off Pique and Terstegen had no chance of stopping that.. Real Madrid 1-0 Barcelona
Messi almost pulls the trigger but Casemerio makes a brave block
Substitution.. Luka Modric replaces Isco
Ansu Fati in for Griezmann as Barcelona seek for a late leveller
Yellow card for Lionel Messi for a tackle on Casimerio
Zidane makes a second substitution, with Lucas Vazquez replacing Federico Valverde.
Free kick for Real Madrid just outside the penalty box
Ramos wants to take it.. But straight into the wall
Three minutes added time
Marion Diaz in for Benzema
Goal!!! Mariano seals victory Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona
Full Time.. Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona
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