FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid C.F.

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La Liga

‘El Clásico’

December 3rd

Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain


54′ Suárez

89′ Ramos

Thanks for joining us.

FT: The result means that Barcelona remain in second on 28 points six points behind their opponents and leaders Real Madrid on 34 points before the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.

FT: Both sides were missing key players in the starting line-up. Madrid had dominated the first-half but weren’t clinical enough and had Álvaro Morata or Gareth Bale been fit for the match, they may have got all three points. Had Iniesta started the match for the Catalan side, he may have been key to opening up the Madrid defence.

FT: The visitors had a number of chances to level the scores prior to Ramos’ late goal. First Kovačić played Benzema through on-goal but his touch was poor and he couldn’t sort his feet out. Then a Marcelo cross was headed just over the bar by Ramos, later Ronaldo’s header was cleared by Alba before Ramos’ equaliser.

FT: The hosts took the lead against the run of play and in contentious fashion as Neymar’s freekick was headed home by Suárez, who was in an offside position but the goal stood. They had a number of chances to add to their tally since taking the lead. First Neymar fired over the bar when he should have scored then Iniesta fired a deflected effort into the side-netting before Messi dragged a strike wide after a terrific pass from Iniesta.

FT: So a late equaliser from Ramos has denied Barcelona the chance to close the gap on the leaders.

90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.

90’+3′ Chance!! The delivery is punched clear by Navas into the path of Roberto, who heads goalwards but his effort is headed clear by Casemiro on the goal-line under-pressure before Carvajal completes the clearance. Moments later Mariano tries to set-off a counter-attack but the move breaks down.

90’+2′ D. Suárez wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Asensio.

90’+2′  Play resumes.

90’+1′ Ronaldo and Busquets are down after clattering into each other.

90′ There will be three additional minutes.

89′ Goal!! The delivery is met by Ramos, who heads home past Ter Stegen, who can’t keep it out.

87′ The delivery is cleared before Marcelo wins a freekick after a foul from Mascherano, who receives a yellow card.

86′ Chance!! A Marcelo cross is headed back across goal by Ronaldo but Alba makes a vital block to clear the ball behind at the expense of a corner.

85′ Final Barcelona change sees Neymar replaced by Denis Suárez.

85′ Chance!! A Carvajal cross is met by Ramos, who heads just over the bar.

84′ Final Real Madrid change sees Kovačić replaced by Mariano.

83′ Suárez wins a freekick.

82′ The delivery is cleared before Marcelo heads wide under-pressure from Iniesta.

81′ Busquets receives a yellow card for a cynical foul on Asensio, who wins a freekick in a good position.

80′ Iniesta wins a freekick.

80′ Chance!! Iniesta wonderfully picks out Messi, who looks set to double the lead but he drags his effort just wide.

79′ Carvajal receives a yellow card for a foul on Neymar.

77′ Second Barcelona change sees Gomes replaced by Arda Turan.

77′ Second Real Madrid change sees Benzema replaced by Marco Asensio.

76′ Neymar concedes a corner.

75′ Suárez is penalised for a foul and receives a yellow card for dissent.

74′ The delivery is cleared.

73′ Carvajal wins a corner.

70′ Chance!! Messi finds Neymar in space, but his effort is blocked.

69′ The delivery is cleared.

69′ Close!! Gomes finds Iniesta, who tries to catch Navas out at his near-post with a strike that deflects into the side-netting.

68′ Busquets wins a freekick.

67′ Chance!! Neymar cuts-inside and beats Carvajal and has to score but blazes his effort inches over the bar from close-range.

65′ Carvajal wins a freekick.

65′ First Real Madrid change sees Isco replaced by Casemiro.

64′ Isco is penalised for a foul.

60′ First Barcelona change sees Rakitić replaced by Iniesta.

59′ Vázquez wins a freekick after a late foul from Gomes.

59′ Chance!! Kovačić plays Benzema through on-goal but the striker can’t sort his feet out and the chance goes begging.

56′ The corner is taken short but Marcelo’s delivery is blocked.

56′ Roberto concedes a corner.

53′ Goal!! Neymar’s delivery is met by Suárez, who heads home against the run of play. The Uruguayan was offside but the goal stands.

52′ Varane is adjudged to have fouled Neymar from a shoulder-barge. It was just a matter of strength there but the Brazilian wins a very soft freekick in a good position.

51′ A crossfield-pass from Isco finds Ronaldo, who controls the ball before firing harmlessly off-target from a tight-angle. He had support too.

51′ Neymar wins a freekick.

49′ Vázquez is caught offside.

48′ Rakitić’s delivery is cleared before Kovačić wins a freekick.

47′ Isco concedes a corner.

45′ Barcelona get the second-half underway.

HT: So will it be Barcelona or Real Madrid who will win the first ‘El Clásico’ of the seaon? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: Barcelona will need to improve drastically as they haven’t created much on the ball. Real look a threat on the counter and need to be more clinical, knowing the threat that their opponents also pose on the break. Andrés Iniesta is on the bench and may be summoned to inspire his Catalan side.

HT: The hosts haven’t created many clear-cut chances and Navas has rarely been tested. Messi’s freekick the closest they’ve come to breaking the Costa-Rican’s goal. However both sides had good appeals for penalties. First Vázquez was bundled to the ground by Mascherano to no avail before a Roberto strike was blocked by the arm of Ramos.

HT: The visitors created the better chances in the first-half. First Ronaldo met a Vázquez cross with a header but it was straightforward for Ter Stegen. Benzema then had a volley blocked before getting in the way of a Ronaldo volley before Marcelo dragged the loose ball wide. Ronaldo went close to more occasions, first he took on Pique and fired an effort that Ter Stegen had to parry behind at his near-post before Ronaldo nut-megged Mascherano before forcing a good save from the German keeper under-pressure from Alba. Then a dangerous cross from Benzema was almost put into his own-net by Pique before Varane spurned a great chance on the stroke of half-time when he met a delivery from Isco following a corner but his header was tame when he should have scored.

HT: So we’re goalless at the break with nothing to separate the two sides.

45’+1′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

45′ Chance!! The delivery is met by Varane but his header is straight at Ter Stegen when he should have scored.

45′ Close!! A dangerous cross from Benzema is cleared inches wide of his own-goal by Piqué.

45′ There will be one additional minutes.

44′ Benzema wins a freekick.

42′ Isco wins a freekick.

41′ The delivery is eventually dealt with by the visitors.

40′ An Alba cross is blocked behind by Carvajal.

39′ Chance!! Ronaldo combines with Vázquez before beating two players and firing an effort that Ter Stegen saves with ease.

38′ The corner is cleared before Modrić is caught offside.

37′ Close!! Ronaldo takes on Piqué and fires an effort that Ter Stegen is forced to parry behind at his near-post.

36′ The eventual delivery is cleared.

34′ Carvajal is penalised for a foul on Neymar, who of course made the most of it.

32′ Chance!! A Vázquez cross falls to Ronaldo, but Benzema gets in the way and the Portuguese’s acrobatic volley is miscued before Marcelo cuts-inside to drag an effort harmlessly wide on his weaker right-foot.

31′ Ramos wins a freekick.

30′ Marcelo is penalised for a foul.

30′ Marcelo wins a freekick.

27′ Neymar receives a yellow card for a foul on Vázquez.

27′ Vázquez wins a freekick.

26′ Mascherano is penalised for a foul on Ronaldo.

25′ Carvajal concedes a corner.

22′ Chance!! A Vázquez cross falls to Benzema but his effort on the volley is blocked.

20′ Messi is penalised for a foul.

19” Gomes is penalised for a foul on Varane.

18′ Close!! Messi’s effort beats the wall but Navas makes an easy save.

17′ Messi wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Modrić.

17′ Chance!! A Vázquez cross finds Ronaldo but his header is saved well by Ter Stegen.

13′ Isco receives a yellow card for an apparent foul on Neymar but there was very little contact.

12′ Suárez is caught offside.

11′ The corner is dealt with by the hosts.

11′ Rakitić concedes a corner.

9′ The corner is cleared by the visitors.

9′ Chance!! Neymar cuts the ball back to Roberto, whose effort is blocked behind by Ramos. It looked as though it hit his arm but the referee just awards a corner.

3′ Penalty appeal!! Vázquez goes to ground under a challenge by Mascherano but the referee is unmoved.

1′ Busquets is penalised for a foul on Modrić.

0′ Real Madrid get the game underway.

Team news:

FC Barcelona: Marc-André Ter Stegen (GK), Jordi Alba, Javier Mascherano, Gerard Piqué, Sergi Roberto, André Gomes,Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitić, Neymar, Luis Suárez, Lionel Messi

Real Madrid C.F.: Keylor Navas (GK), Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphaël Varane, Dani Carvajal, Mateo Kovačić, Luka Modrić,  Cristiano Ronaldo, Isco, Lucas Vázquez, Karim Benzema


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