Real Madrid C.F. vs FC Barcelona

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La Liga

El Clásico

April 23rd

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain


28′ Casemiro

33′ Messi

73′ Rakitić

75′ Ramos Sent off

85′ Rodríguez

90’+2′ Messi

Thanks for joining us.

FT: The result means that Barcelona leapfrogged Real Madrid to the top of La Liga and go level on points with 75 points. The Catalan side go above on head-to-head but Madrid have a game in-hand and can go back on top should they defeat Celta de Vigo away.

FT: Barcelona created a number of good chances to take the lead and went close when Alcácer had a strike smothered by Navas, who then brilliantly palmed away a Piqué header. Suárez was then denied by the palms of the Costa-Rican keeper after the Uruguayan volleyed a lofted pass from Iniesta. Messi then forced Navas into a fine save before Rakitić curled Barcelona ahead. Piqué then was denied by a fine smothering-save from Navas, who then palmed away a Messi strike. That was before Messi curled home Barcelona’s winner late-on.

FT: Ramos’ dismissal ultimately cost his side as Los Blancos were exposed in a fatal counter-attack right at the death. The hosts created a number of good opportunities prior to Ramos’ sending-off. First Kroos and Benzema forced Ter Stegen into fine saves before Carvajal volleyed just wide. Ronaldo then spurned a great chance when he fired over from close-range after being teed up by Asensio, who then tested Ter Stegen. Ronaldo then produced a good save from Ter Stegen after falling behind before Ramos was sent off. Substitute Rodríguez then scored the leveller before he was denied by Ter Stegen, who then did well to palm away a fine strike from Asensio.

FT: So Messi’s 500th goal for Barcelona sends the Catalan side to the top of La Liga.

90’+2′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.

90’+2′ Goal!! Barcelona break clear with Roberto, who evades two challenges before finding Jordi Alba, whose pull-back finds Messi, who curls the ball home past Navas. It was the Argentine’s 500th goal for Barcelona. He receives a yellow card for taking his shirt off.

90′ Gomes is penalised for a foul..

90′ There will be two additional minutes.

88′ Close!! Asensio surges forward to fire an efort that Ter Stegen palms away at the near-post before Ronaldo fires wide from Asensio’s pull-back.

86′ Close!! Rodríguez’s strike at-goal is saved well by Ter Stegen after the Colombian’s cross was blocked.

85′ Goal!! Marcelo sends a teasing delivery into the path of the arriving-Rodríguez, who fires the ball home past Ter Stegen.

83′ Rodríguez cuts-inside to fire an effort that is straightforward for Ter Stegen.

82 Marcelo is penalised for a foul on Rakitić.

82′ Close!! Messi surges forward before firing a powerful effort that Navas palms away.

81′ Final Real Madrid change sees Benzema replaced by James Rodríguez.

80′ Kovačić receives a yellow card for a cynical foul on Messi.

79′ Chance!! Gomes’ pull-back finds Piqué, who has just Navas to beat but the keeper smothers the ball away.

78′ Kovačić concedes a corner.

75′ Dismissal!! Ramos receives a straight a red card for a two-footed challenge on Ramos.

74′ Close!! Benzema tees up Ronaldo, who fires an effort at-goal but Ter Stegen makes a good stop. The Frenchman was in an offside position but the flag stayed down.

74′ The delivery is cleared.

73′ Piqué concedes a corner.

73′ Goal!! Rakitić shifts the ball onto his left-foot to fire an effort into the top-corner.

71′ Close!! Asensio fires an effort at-goal that Ter Stegen saves well at his near-post.

69′ Second Madrid change sees Casemiro replaced by Mateo Kovačić

69′ First Barcelona change sees Alcácer replaced by André Gomes.

68′ Close!! The delivery is cleared before Messi surges forward before firing an effort that Navas palms away.

67′ Chance!! Iniesta finds Suárez with a fine cross-field pass and the Uruguayan has just Navas to beat but his volley is brilliantly palmed behind by the keeper.

66′ Chance!! Asensio surges forward and squares the ball to Ronaldo, who has to score, but he fires the ball over the bar from close-range.

65′ Asensio finds Ronaldo with a cross but he miscues his acrobatic volley and the ball goes harmlessly wide.

65′ Casemiro wins a freekick.

63′ The delivery is cleared.

62′ Alba concedes a corner.

62′ Asensio is caught just offside.

61′ Modrić wins a freekick.

58′ Close!! Piqúe meets Rakitić’s delivery with a powerful header that Navas is forced to palm the ball away.

57′ Carvajal concedes a corner.

56′ Messi fires the freekick harmlessly off-target from-range.

55′ Casemiro wins the ball cleanly off Messi but the referee awards a freekick.

55′ Chance!! Rakitić feeds Alcácer, who fires an effort at-goal but his effort his straight at Navas, who smothers the ball away with his feet.

53′ Close!! The delivery is cleared before Carvajal fires an effort just wide on the volley.

52′ Alcácer concedes a corner.

52′ Chance!! Benzema meets a teasing delivery from Marcelo with a header but his effort is instinctively smothered away by the feet of the keeper, although Benzema should have scored.

49′ The corner is cleared before Ronaldo is caught offside.

48′ Umtiti concedes another corner.

47′ Close!! Marcelo finds Kroos, who forces Ter Stegen into a good save with the keeper palming the ball behind.

46′ Piqué concedes a corner.

45′ Barcelona get the second-half underway.

HT: So will Real Madrid find the next goal or will it be Barcelona, who will be eager to keep their title hopes alive? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: Ronaldo and Benzema have been wasteful in front of goal and will need to get better service if they are to take advantage of a nervous Barcelona defence. They know they won’t want to spurn their chances given the quality of their opposition, who will be eager to make Madrid rue their missed opportunities. Barcelona have got into some good positions and like Madrid will need to be more clinical if they are to find another goal in this tie.

HT: Barcelona have created a number of good chances themselves and went close to taking the lead prior to Madrid’s goal when Suárez fired an effort inches wide of the far-post. The Catalan side drew level through a fine goal from Messi, who beat two players before firing home past Navas. Messi then went close again when he curled an effort inches wide of the post before the Argentine spurned a great chance, when he somehow fired the ball wide after Navas was caught in no-man’s-land. Barcelona will feel that Casemiro should have been sent off when he cynically fouled Messi whilst already on a booking.

HT: Real Madrid have gone close on a few occasions with Ronaldo, Benzema and Modrić forcing Ter Stegen into a number of fine saves. Casemiro then put Los Blancos deservedly ahead after he fired the rebound home after Ramos struck the post from Marcelo’s cross. Madrid will feel that they should have had a penalty when Ronaldo was sent tumbling by Umtiti, but the referee was unmoved.

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

45’+2′ Chance!! Navas misjudges the corner and comes out, missing the ball completely with the loose ball falling to Messi, who somehow fires the ball wide from close-range.

45’+1′ Nacho concedes a corner.

45′ Casemiro is penalised for a foul on Messi, who is fortunate to escape a second booking.

45′ There will be two additional minutes.

43′ Alba fires an effort wide of the target on the volley from a Suárez cross.

39′ Close!! Messi surges into the area before firing an effort inches wide of the far-post.

38′ First Real Madrid change sees the injured Bale replaced by Marco Asensio.

38′ Ronaldo wins a freekick after a foul from Umtiti, who receives a yellow card.

37′ Play resumes.

36′ Slight delay in the match as Bale is down with an injury and is receiving treatment.

35′ Close!! Modrić fires an effort at-goal from-range that Ter Stegen does well to palm away.

33′ Bale fires an effort harmlessly off-target from-range.

33′ Goal!! Rakitić finds Messi, who surges forward to beat two players and fire home past Navas.

31′ Messi wins a freekick after a foul from Casemiro.

28′ Goal!! The corner is punched clear to Marcelo, whose cross is volleyed against the post by Ramos with the loose ball tapped home by Casemiro.

27′ Bale wins a corner.

25′ Modrić is penalised for handball.

23′ Ronaldo fires an effort harmlessly off-target from-range.

21′ Bale latches onto a cross-field pass from Kroos to fire a tame effort at-goal first-time but his effort is saved with ease by Ter Stegen.

21′ Play resumes.

19′ Slight delay in the match as Messi is down with a facial injury and is receiving treatment.

19′ Close!! Ronaldo cuts-inside before firing an effort at-goal that Ter Stegen palms away.

17′ Alcácer cushions a pass to Suárez, who fires the ball well wide on the volley from outside the area.

17′ Chance!! Modrić finds Benzema, who surges forward before firing a tame effort at-goal that Ter Stegen saves with ease.

17′ Ronaldo is caught offside.

13′ Bale is caught offside.

11′ Casemiro is booked for a foul on Messi.

10′ Close!! Suárez receives the ball before firing an effort just wide of the far-post.

7′ Bale is caught offside.

6′ Suárez is caught offside.

5′ Close!! Ronaldo cuts-inside to fire an effort that Ter Stegen saves well.

1′ Penalty appeal!! Ronaldo goes down under a challenge from Umtiti but the referee is unmoved.

0′ Real Madrid get the game underway.

Team news:

Real Madrid C.F.: Keylor Navas (GK), Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Dani Carvajal, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modrić, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema

FC Barcelona: Marc-André Ter Stegen (GK), Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti, Gerard Piqué, Sergi Roberto, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, Ivan Rakitić, Lionel Messi, Paco Alcácer, Luis Suárez


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