The world will today, November 21, focus on Spain as Real Madrid welcome the Catalan giants, Barcelona, to the Bernabeu as Rafa Benitez takes charge of his first ever Clasico.
This is the latest rendition of the world famous El Clasico.
The home side are three points behind Barcelona after Real Madrid went down 3 -2 to Sevilla in their previous game just before the international break.
Messi starts this game from the bench as he returns to the team after a knee injury kept him out of action for about two months.
Real Madrid: Keylor; Danilo, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo (Cavajal); James, Kroos, Modric; Bale, Benzema, Cristiano
Barcelona: Bravo; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba; Rakitić (Messi), Busquets, Iniesta; S. Roberto, Suárez, Neymar
90+2′ It’s full-time at the Bernabeu, the first El Clasico of the season has come to a devastating end for real Madrid as Barcelona scored four times, with Luis Suarez getting a brace and Neymar getting a goal. Iniesta also found the back of the net.
Lionel Messi later came-on from the bench after being side-lined for about two months. It ended; Real Madrid 0 – 4 Barcelona.
90+1′ Yellow card to Sergio Busquets for a foul on Benzema.
90′ Into stoppage time here. Two minutes added-on.
89′ Bravo denies Ronaldo from a point blank header. Unbelievable!
88′ Munir just shoots wide the best chance that could ever come his way. Pique was right behind him, but Munir fires blanks.
88′ Can the home-side get a consolation here, Benzema’s effort was deflected into touch for a Madrid corner.
87′ Real Madrid have been so poor today, the statistics says it all. Rafa Benitez certainly wont be a happy man right now.
85′ BAD TO WORSE for Madrid! Referee issues a straight red to Isco for a ‘silly’ foul on Neymar. he appears to have kicked the Brazilian intentionally on his left knee.
83′ Referee issues Cavajal a yellow card for a foul on Neymar; as the match approaches the closing stages.
81′ A header by Benzema…, saved. Good height for the goalkeeper. Bravo with another great stop.
80′ Benzema with a chance! Offside says the referee. He appears to be on-side though.
78′ This is pure demolition of the Bernabeu. The Madrid players do not have an answer to the questions the Barcelona strikers are asking.
76′ Barcelona makes another change as Iniesta comes off for Munir.
74′ GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLL! Luis Suarez dummies the keeper to strike to the far corner. It’s Real Madrid 0 – 4 Barcelona.
71′ Swift-counter by Barcelona, Messi, Suarez and Neymar could not convert yet another chance as Madrid escape again.
70′ Ronaldo hits the wood-work. However offside says the referee.
68′ OOOoooo…. Ronaldo just lost a glorious chance from a superb pass by Gareth Bale. Ronaldo needed to have lifted the ball a little bit more. His effort hits the goal keeper.
66′ Messi releases a delicious pass to set-up Suarez in the area….Suarez fumbles. Real Madrid have been so lucky not to have conceded more goals.
65′ Madrid appeals for a penalty ad Bale’s effort was handled by Pique. Play-on says the referee.
63′ It’s all about Barcelona now. Barcelona fans area responding as the players toss the ball around.
62′ Varane with a header…. Great save bravo.
60′ Great play by Cavajal down the right. Forces yet another Real Madrid corner.
58′ Isco has brought more bite to the Madrid attack; as the home side wins another corner kick. Marcelo comes of for Cavajal.
55′ More problems for Real Madrid as Ivan Rakitic goes off for Lionel Messi. Madrid wins a corner.
54′ Barcelona are now on rampage. Suarez hit the side netting yet again.
52′ GOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL! Andres Iniesta rattles the ball into the Madrid net. Ronaldo in total disbelief at the scoreline. It’s 0 – 3.
51′ Neymaaaarrr……. Keylor gets his finger tips to the ball to parry it over the bar. Corner to Barcelona.
50′ Foul! Yellow card for Ramos as he brings down Sergio Roberto at the edge of the Madrid area. Good position for Barcelona again
48′ Another shot by Rodriquez, so close to pulling a goal back. Excellent start to the second half by Real Madrid.
47′ Great run by Marcelo………blasts it to the side-netting. He should have passed the ball to his team mate. What a waste!
46′ The second 45 minutes return and certainly Real Radrid need to be more aggressive if they hope to get anything from this game.
HT: Outstanding strikes by Luis Suarez and Neymar put the visitors ahead at half time. Real Madrid have been lucky not to have conceded more. Half time score: Real Madrid 0 – 2 Barcelona.
47′ My Word! Marcelo denies Suarez as he heads the ball off the line. What a stop to deny the Uruguayan.
45′ Two minutes added-on.
43′ Real Madrid have not been at their best. Gareth Bale seems to be lost in this encounter
42′ It’s been an outstanding match, but Barcelona have been so exceptional in their approach to this game.
40′ GOOOOAAAAALLL! Neyma scores!!! He appears to be at the offside position. But the assistant referee is not interested. It’s Real Madrid 0 – 2 Barcelona.
39′ Goodness! Real Madrid just lost a begging chance. gareth Bale only needed to have headed the ball, but he looks scared.
37′ Dani Alves is down yet again; this time from a foul by Sergio Ramos.
36′ Poor pass from Varane forces another throw to Barcelona. The home side appears to lack communication as the unnecessarily lose possession for the umpteenth time.
34′ Referee penalizes Rakitic for a foul. Freekick to the visitors, to the uproar of the fans.
32′ Both teams are beginning to be cautious. Play centres all around the midfield.
29′ Great run by Jordi Alba, but his pass to Suarez was cleared by Varane.
28′ james Rodriguez fires a powerful shot at goal….. great save Bravo.
26′ Great disappointment for Mascherano as he is substituted for Mattieu due to a thigh injury.
24′ Real Madrid try to string passes through to goal, but Busquets intercepts for another Barcelona offensive.
23′ Modric baloons another chance over the bar.
20′ Neymar tries to curl a freekick into the far post, but Keylor saves.
18′ Christiano Ronaldo appeals for a penalty after being brought-down by Dani Alves. Play-on says the referee.
16′ Javier Mascherano looks badly injured there. He is down on the turf, but quickly returns to the pitch.
13′ It’s the first-time Real Madrid trail this season. Barcelona have taken control of the pitch with another great pass from Iniesta to Sergio Roberto, but the chance was wasted.
11′ GOOOOOOOAAALLL! Suarez puts Barcelona in front. Brilliant through-pass by Sergio Roberto. It’s a wonderful finish from one of the very best players on planet earth.
10′ The Catalan giants try to toss the ball around.
9′ Sensational play by Ronaldo on the right, his shot was punched away by Bravo. This game is really a class of it’s own. Remember it’s the firsr Clasico of Rafa Benitez.
7′ Excellent play by the visitors, fabulous control by Suarez…..but Neymar skies his shot over the bar.
4′ Neymar couldn’t use Barcelona’s first attack of the game judiciously as his effort to Roberto was too heavy. Keylor saves.
3′ Very positive start for Madrid as Ronaldo forces their first corner of the match.
2′ No way through for Ronaldo as Alba clears the danger.
1′ We are under way as the frenzy in the stadium says it all. The home fans cheer their team as the kick off.
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