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Real v Barca as it happened

Real Madrid 2-6 Barcelona



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By Jonathan Stevenson

2105: I need to lie down in a darkened room and think about what has just happened. That truly was magical, the kind of football match that makes you fall in love with the sport all over again. Thank you so much for your company, it's been unreal.

2100: What a way for Barcelona to bring up their 100th goal in the league this season - and what an achievement that is. They've done it in 34 games and in Pep Guardiola's first season as a manager. He's got the 'Holy Trinity' to thank for most of them - Samuel Eto'o (27), Lionel Messi (23) and Thierry Henry (19). They deserve every accolade they get.

From nickslick7 on 606: "Fireworks going off all over the place in Madrid. The city is drunk."
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From Abidur, London, via text on 81111: "Do my eyes deceive me, or are we actually witnessing the greatest football being played by the greatest team on this planet? I've got fingers crossed for all Chelsea fans."

2052: That was one of the most remarkable games of football I think I've ever seen. I mean, you know these games are going to produce action, but that was bordering on ridiculous. Real gifted Barca so much, but how they took advantage.


2049: Full-time Real Madrid 2-6 Barcelona

2047: There are less than 500 Barcelona fans inside the Santiago Bernabeu and they are making themselves heard now. Samuel Eto'o, who incredibly still hasn't scored, shoots at Iker Casillas.

From Dave, glad to have something to smile at today, Northampton, via text on 81111: "I find it fitting that when I type Messi in my phone, the predictive text jumps to messiah."

2044: Andres Iniesta, who has been sensational again, is taken off along with Yaya Toure, with Sergio Busquets and Bojan Krkic coming on. It's party time in Catalonia.

Yellow card

2043: Javi Garcia is booked for a silly kick on Andres Iniesta. Silly, but it's difficult to blame him. They must feel sick, the Real players.


2041: GOAL Real Madrid 2-6 Barcelona
Iker Casillas looks devastated and they are flooding out now. Samuel Eto'o is sent away down the right and his cross is half-stopped by Fabio Cannavaro, only for Gerard Pique to pop up and slam the ball home on the turn. It's his first league goal for Barca. And it's the first time either of these teams has scored six away from home in a 'Clasico'. I can't believe what I'm seeing.

From SuperFrankieLamps on 606: "Real Madrid have tactically been terrible tonight. Why oh why would Ramos try to 'outplay' Barca by picking a skilful team? He should have taken a leaf out of Hiddink's book and focused on a defensive style of play, aiming to threaten through Robben and set-plays."
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2037: He's done well to last this far having been injured, but Arjen Robben is taken off and Javi Garcia comes on in his place. Barca have now scored 99 goals in the league this season, by the way.

2035: There might be more goals you know. Barca are just toying with Real in the Bernabeu, and some Madridistas are starting to leave. How can you walk out, when art is being created in front of you?


2033: GOAL Real Madrid 2-5 Barcelona
Let's celebrate the finest player of our generation. Xavi turns brilliantly away from Fernando Gago and slips in Lionel Messi, who fools Iker Casillas with the eyes and rolls the ball into the near post. There are not enough superlatives in the world for Barca sometimes.

Yellow card

2032: Rafael van der Vaart doesn't take long to make an impact, picking up an immediate booking for a wild two-footed lunge on Daniel Alves.

2031: Lionel Messi plays a stunning pass to Andres Iniesta inside the Real box and Lassana Diarra is all over the midfielder, bringing him down. No penalty is given, much to Real's relief.

2030: Xavi shows good sportsmanship to knock the ball out of play and allow Lassana Diarra to get some treatment. Real bring Van der Vaart on for Sergio Ramos, who suffered a mauling at the hands of Thierry Henry. It's risk time for Real.

2028: About 20 minutes left at the Bernabeu and Real are running out of ideas about how to get back into this game. Rafael van der Vaart is being readied.

From Andrew in Durham, via text on 81111: "This is a fantastic advertisement for football. Leo Messi is one of those players you could watch all day long... would asking for more goals be a touch greedy?"

2026: Fair play to Arjen Robben, he has kept on going tonight - but he's got very little support and Barca win the ball back easily. At the other end, Samuel Eto'o, who is desperate to score, wants too much time and is tackled as he is about to pull the trigger.

2023: In among all this talk of attacking genius, it should be mentioned that Gerard Pique has defended extremely well all evening for Barcelona - this time, he takes the ball off Arjen Robben like candy from a baby.

From Zippy, George and Bungle on 606: "Having Messi on your side should be considered cheating."
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2019: No hat-trick for Thierry Henry, who has more than done his job tonight. The brilliant Frenchman is given a breather and Seydou Keita comes on, so Andres Iniesta will move a touch further up field.

2018: Real Madrid bring off Marcelo and bring on Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Half an hour left. I hope it never ends.


2016: GOAL Real Madrid 2-4 Barcelona
It's not erupting anytime soon. Xavi plays another world-class ball over the top of the Real defence and Iker Casillas comes racing 30 yards out of his goal, Thierry Henry coolly slotting under the advancing keeper to silence the crowd once again. My word.

2016: The Santiago Bernabeu crowd are bang up for this again. Another goal and it'll erupt.


2014: GOAL Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona
Those big brown eyes of Didier Drogba light up again. Arjen Robben whips over an inswinging free-kick from the Real right and there are no Barca players anywhere near Sergio Ramos, who heads past Victor Valdes from three yards. Pathetic defending, to be honest.

2012: Lionel Messi dances past Christophe Metzelder but there's no other Barca player in the area and his ball across the face of goal runs out for a throw to Real. Scary.

2011: The referee gets in the way of Andres Iniesta and Fernando Gago powers forward, but his shot from 20 yards trickles into the arms of Victor Valdes.

2009: I think if I could steal one attribute of one player on this pitch, it would be Andres Iniesta's touch. It's lighter than a feather - it almost defies belief. Arjen Robben goes looking for a penalty in the Barca box, but nothing doing.

From TC, Pimlico, via text on 81111: "That 45 minutes puts into perspective what Chelsea accomplished on Tuesday."

2007: Barca are still going full throttle, they want the next goal that will properly put this game to bed. Thierry Henry clips the ball over Sergio Ramos - how many times are Barca's superstars going to make Real's look like mugs?

2006: That would have been the goal of the season from Andres Iniesta. He jinks past Fabio Cannavaro like he's not there and spanks a right-foot shot from 25 yards that flies just wide. Unbelievable feet.

2003: We're back under way. Real need a goal, and sharpish. Remember they need to win this game - even a draw isn't good enough.

From mesmerizingmaverick on 606: "It's a one-off game. I'm a United fan and I think Chelsea are gonna destroy Barca next week. Tactical nous of Gus with the sheer physical strength of their players will prevail."
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2000: Remember - as things stand, Barca will go seven points clear at the top of La Liga with only four games remaining. I'd have thought a league title would be the bare minimum a team this good should be winning, personally.

From Fluorescent_Imp on 606: "Well Stevo, you did ask how good this Barca side really are. I think you got your answer."
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From Nick, London, via text on 81111: "Stevo, I'm texting all my football-supporting mates telling them to watch this. Beautiful, beautiful attacking open football on display here."

1952: That was a truly astonishing 45 minutes of football, even by the usual standards of these boys. Some delightful attacking play, some inadequate defending, but wonderful entertainment. Barca deserve their lead, but there's plenty of life left in this one.


1949: Half-time Real Madrid 1-3 Barcelona

1948: From the resulting free-kick, Daniel Alves spanks it from 30 yards towards the bottom right-hand corner, but Iker Casillas gets across well to keep it out. He's made some very good saves, would you believe.

Yellow card

1947: Lionel Messi, who is now running this game, tries to play a little one-two with Samuel Eto'o, but Marcelo takes the Argentine out off the ball. Crass, and he's booked for his troubles.

1945: Barca are first to every stray ball at the moment and the Bernabeu crowd has fallen a little silent. Big task for Juande Ramos at the break - but Real would take getting to the break at 3-1 right now.

1942: Oh by the way, we've still got six minutes left of the first half. I know.

Yellow card

1941: Barca captain Carles Puyol is booked for a lunging challenge on Sergio Ramos. Some people never learn. It might not end 11 v 11, this one.

From stirydka1 on 606: "As a Chelsea fan watching this game makes me scared... no, terrified."
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1938: GOAL Real Madrid 1-3 Barcelona
Kamikaze defending - what the hell was Lassana Diarra doing? He is robbed by Xavi in his own half and it breaks kindly for Lionel Messi, who runs through and pokes the ball with that delicious left foot of his past Iker Casillas.

1937: Lionel Messi cuts in from the left and drags a right-foot shot a couple of yards of the near post. Sometimes, watching this Barca team is like being in a dream.

From Theo, university computer room, via text on 81111: "My team (Lazio) are at the San Siro tonight, but even that isn't enough to stop me watching one of the greatest games ever!"

1935: Lionel Messi tries to score a ludicrous goal from out by the left byeline, but Iker Casillas plucks it away from the top corner.

1934: Lassana Diarra picks out Raul on the edge of the Barca box and he spins quickly and volleys a couple of yards over the bar. Defenders? Anywhere? No? OK.

1932: Thierry Henry is struggling a bit down that Barca left. Good news for Chelsea, perhaps.

1931: Nearly a goal of sheer perfection - but will they regret an extra pass? Lionel Messi plays a gorgeous pass to find Andres Iniesta in the box and instead of shooting, he passes square for Messi, who sees Iker Casillas save his shot. They really are trying to score the perfect goal, but isn't it too early?

From Zippy, George and Bungle on 606: "This game is just non-stop footballing poetry. Great saves. Great goals. Great game."
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1929: Xavi tees up Samuel Eto'o on the right-hand side of the Real area and he is all power, a fierce drive brilliantly pushed over by the very, very busy Iker Casillas.

Yellow card

1926: Should be 1-3. Lionel Messi has a brilliant chance to extend Barca's lead as he races through on to Daniel Alves pass, but he opts for power and Iker Casillas stands up to make the block. Meanwhile, Sergio Ramos is booked for an earlier foul on Thierry Henry.

Yellow card

1925: Barcelona's Eric Abidal is being tormented by Arjen Robben and he brings the Dutchman down by appearing to lead with an elbow, which results in the first booking of the game.

1924: Are there any defenders on the pitch? Gonzalo Higuain plays a reverse pass in for Arjen Robben and his low shot is saved by the legs of Victor Valdes. Moments later, Daniel Alves diverts Higuain's right-wing cross goalwards and Valdes is in the right place to spare his team-mate's blushes.


1922: GOAL Real Madrid 1-2 Barcelona
That's how to respond to going a goal behind. From the free-kick that Fabio Cannavaro conceded, Real show they are equally as rubbish as Barca at marking - Xavi's cross finds Carles Puyol all on his own and his 12-yard header finds the far corner with Iker Casillas nowhere. Wow.

1922: Fabio Cannavaro shoves his right arm in the face of Thierry Henry - the former Arsenal striker is having an absolute field day right now.


1920: GOAL Real Madrid 1-1 Barcelona
This is such a good game already, my computer just crashed. Barca fancy breaching this Real offside trap and they get it right this time, Lionel Messi lifting the ball over for Thierry Henry to slot past Iker Casillas.

1918: Thierry Henry skips away down the left and his cross is just a fraction ahead of the stretching Samuel Eto'o.

1918: Now we're going to see just how good this Barcelona team is.


1916: GOAL Real Madrid 1-0 Barcelona
Well that's put the cat amongst the pigeons. Arjen Robben finds Sergio Ramos in an advanced position down the right and his cross finds Gonzalo Higuain unmarked, eight yards out - the Argentine heads into the bottom corner. Didier Drogba must be watching on very, very interested.

1916: Iker Casillas comes way out of his goal to prevent Lionel Messi latching on to a ball over the top and the Argentine catches the keeper in his challenge. Nothing nasty, though, and Casillas is OK. The tempo has slowed, ever so slightly.

From Eagleeeee on 606: "Higuain, when he starts to play his best, can influence a game of this calibre big time. He's answered the Madrid cries for help before this season, so don't count him out."
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1912: Raul tries to slip in Gonzalo Higuain, but Gerard Pique gets across quickly and the danger is averted.

1909: Lionel Messi tees up Samuel Eto'o and the former Real striker curls into the arms of Iker Casillas from 22 yards.

From Kiya at the Bernabeu, via text on 81111: "El Clasico is a must for every football fan, if only to witness how much this means to these fans. Atmosphere couldn't get any better."

1906: Lionel Messi goes on his first mazy little dribble, from deep inside the Barca half. It's a statement of intent from the Argentine, who was kicked all over the shop in the reverse fixture.

1905: Arjen Robben is up for this - he's cheerleading the fans already. He skins the flat-footed Eric Abidal down the Real right and wins a corner, which eventually comes to nothing. Great work from the Dutch destroyer.

1903: Early mistake at the back from Sergio Ramos and Lionel Messi finds Xavi, who sees his 20-yard shot saved by Iker Casillas. Not gonna be boring, is it?

The sun is out

1903: Raul and Carles Puyol hug at the toss and Barcelona get us under way. Oh, and it's sunny too. What I'd give to be there.

1901: The teams are out and we're not far off getting under way in the absolutely majestic Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. One of football's great amphitheatres.

From Jill, via text on 81111: "Real's run to keep in touch has been amazing. Barca to win 3-2 and prove that they are the team of our age - VAMOS LEO!"

From fourfootedchallenge on 606: "How harsh it would be if Barcelona lost out on both the Champions League and La Liga? However, I can see this turning into a bad week for them. Real to win 3-2."
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1855: Oh, go on then. Stevo's Predo: Real 2-2 Barca

1854: Big news that Arjen Robben is back from injury for Real Madrid tonight - the former Chelsea flier has been brilliant at times this season and they will need him at his maverick best. He's Real's answer to Lionel Messi.

1852: I reckon we might just be in for an absolute classic on this barmy evening in the Spanish capital. Real absolutely must win, and Barca don't know any other way of playing. They both look awesome going forward and a touch ropey at the back - and for the neutral, that's really quite exciting.

From WalkHomeWalkAlone on 606: "Without Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Ruud van Nistelrooy, Real don't have a good enough striker to compete with the best."
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From Jose, who will be watching this very closely, via text on 81111: "Real to win this one. The reborn Raul to shine tonight. Messi will go missing."

1842: It is 360 days since Barcelona formed a guard of honour at the Bernabeu as Real celebrated winning the title in front of their fiercest rivals. My, how things have turned full circle since then. Avoid defeat today, and a 19th league success is just about in the bag for Barca.

1840:Real Madrid v Barcelona line-ups
Real Madrid: Casillas, Ramos, Heinze, Metzelder, Cannavaro, Gago, Diarra, Robben, Marcelo, Raul, Higuain.
Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Abidal, Pique, Puyol, Toure, Xavi, Iniesta, Henry, Messi, Eto'o.

1837: I implore you - don't leave El Clasico hanging. Give it your fullest attention and your most rapacious wit - by texting to 81111 and getting stuck in on 606. Don't put off until mañana what can be done hoy. You get me?
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1834: We're taking a break from the English scene for a couple of hours - this one is all about the destination of the Spanish championship. Barca are four points clear with five games left, but a Real win today could just lead to the mother of all climaxes to La Liga's season.

1830: Hola amigos. 'El Clasico?' 'El Gran Clasico?' 'El Super Clasico?' 'El Derby?' Call it what you want, but club football does not get bigger than this. Welcome to the world of Spanish sport, where Real Madrid and Barcelona are kings.

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