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Primera División

  • 16 April 2011
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: César Muñiz Fernández
  • • Attendance: 80000

Live Commentary

  • That's it from me tonight. I hope you have all enjoyed yet another exciting el Clasico. Be sure to let us know what you thought of the game on twitter and keep an eye out for all the post-match reaction on I, Luke Matthews will be your host again for the Copa del Rey final between these two great sides on Wednesday evening. Thank you for joining me and goodnight.
  • Arguably a fair result in the end. Madrid needed a win more to rescue their title hopes but will be fairly content to earn a point after going a man down. They may also take an advantage into Wednesday's Copa del Rey with tonight's late show. Barcelona on the otherhand would have probably taken a point before the game but will now be disappointed to draw after taking the lead and dominating possession.
  • 90' + 5'
    FULL-TIME! 1-1 here with Barcelona preserving their eight point lead at the top of La Liga. Barcelona looked like taking all three points when Albiol was shown his marching orders with Messi converting thr resulting penalty. However, Madrid dug in deep and were awarded a penalty of their own in the final 10 minutes. Ronaldo made it 1-1 and that's how it stayed.
  • 90' + 4'
    POOR CONTROL FROM VILLA! Iniesta plays a wonderful long ball to the usually prolific striker who fails to control the ball with Casillas claiming it.
  • 90' + 3'
    We're into the third of four added minutes. Is their another goal in this. Barca are in possession...
  • 90' + 2'
    Yellow Card Xavi
  • 90' + 1'
    With the ball running out of play, Messi shows his frustration by kicking the ball into the crowd. Not the kind of thing we have seen from the Argentine before who angers the Madrid supporters in the crowd.
  • 90'
    CLOSE FROM MADRID! Oezil makes a great run to before finding Adebayor in the box. The Togolese striker cuts it back to Khedira on the edge of the box, the only outfield player in the los Blancos side not to scrore this season. He shoots from 20 yards, a powerful effort but Valdes does well to get down to make a smart save.
  • 88'
    Grandstand finish here with both sides looking dangerous. Will someone score a winner? Stranger things have happened.
  • 86'
    CLOSE FROM VILLA! The striker beats the Madrid offside trap to get onto the end of Xavi's pass but Casillas' anticipation is brilliant to make the block. Messi hits the rebound 20 yards out but it heads over the bar.
  • 84'
    Barcelona look to respond but Xavi's weighted pass is anticipated by Casillas who beats Messi to the ball. Very close that.
  • 82'
    Assist Marcelo
  • 82'
    Penalty Goal Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 82'
    1-1! RONALDO SCORES! The former MANCHESTER United man blasts the ball to the right of the goal, sending Valdes the wrong way. That's the Portuguese wingers first ever goal versus Barcelona.
  • 81'
    Yellow Card Víctor Valdés
  • 81'
    PENALTY TO REAL MADRID! Marcelo brings down Alves in the box. There was contact, even if it was slight. Big opportunity for ten-man Madrid to equalise!
  • 80'
    SubstitutionAdriano Maxwell
  • 79'
    Yellow Card Daniel Alves
  • 79'
    Nice little spell of possession here from los Blancos who will look to pepper the Barcelona goal with shots in the final 10 minutes. Valdes hasn't had a real save to make though in the whole of the game.
  • 78'
    Ronaldo tries his luck from a 25-yard free-kick. Plenty of power on the ball but it's always rising over the bar. That's his third attempt from a free-kick and the only one not to test Valdes.
  • 78'
    Ronaldo tries his luck from a 25-yard free-kick. Plenty of power on the ball but it's always rising over the bar. That's his third attempt from a free-kick and the only one not to test Valdes.
  • 77'
    The corner comes to nothing and it's back to square one for Real. 13 minutes to go plus stoppages. Is a draw still a possibility?
  • 76'
    Yellow Card Arbeloa
  • 75'
    Corner for the home side as Busquets makes a well-timed challenge on Marcelo. Can Madrid create something here? They have looked dangerous at set-pieces tonight.
  • 73'
    Frustrating times for Mourinho's men who are struggling to get a hold of the ball at the moment. Playing against the Blaugrana is hard enough with 11 men nevermind 10!
  • 70'
    Is there an equaliser for los Blancos? There first-half performance would have given them confidence but they really have not been able to get going in this second period with Barca looking dangerous as always.
  • 68'
    Villa who has not scored in nine games tries his luck from 25 yards but the ball curls high and wide of the goal. Certainly a player lacking in confidence. Saying that, he has worked hard tonight.
  • 67'
    SubstitutionÁngel Di María Arbeloa
  • 67'
    SubstitutionPedro Ibrahim Afellay
  • 67'
    SubstitutionXabi Alonso Emmanuel Adebayor
  • 65'
    Carvalho makes a great run down the left wing and curls an inviting ball into the box that is cut out for a corner by a last-ditch Pique interception.
  • 64'
    Messi by the way is the first Barca player ever to score in three successive El Clasicos at the Bernabeu.
  • 62'
    XAVI HITS THE BAR! The Blaugrana are keeping possession exceptionally well at the moment and nearly double their lead. Pedro picks up the ball on the right side of the box before cutting it back to Xavi who curls an effort towards the top corner from 20 yards. The ball smashes off the top of the bar to the relief of Casillas.
  • 59'
    After that brief delay for substitutes, we are back underway. We are yet to see a response from los Blancos. The sending off of Albiol will surely play into the hands of Barcelona and their possession football.
  • 58'
    SubstitutionCarles Puyol Seydou Keita
  • 57'
    SubstitutionKarim Benzema Mesut Özil
  • 57'
    Mourinho has reacted to the goal by bringing Oezil on for Benzema. Puyol has been limping during the early stages of the second half and will be replaced by Keita. Busquets will drop into defence.
  • 55'
    Mourinho predicted his side would be playing with 10 men tonight. The Portuguese coach probably meant it tongue-in-cheek but his premonition came true. How will Madrid react?
  • 53'
    Assist David Villa
  • 53'
    Penalty Goal Lionel Messi
  • 53'
    1-0 BARCELONA! Messi steps up and lifts the ball high into the net. He hits it centrally with Casillas diving down to his left. Big goal in the hunt for the La Liga title race and Messi's first goal versus Mourinho.
  • 52'
    Red Card Raúl Albiol
  • 51'
    PENALTY TO BARCELONA AND RED CARD FOR ALBIOL! The Spanish defender brings down his former Valencia team-mate Villa in the box. He's the last man and has to go.
  • 50'
    RONALDO HITS THE POST! Free-kick for the home team and there's only one person who is going to take it. The Portuguese winger stands over the ball 25 yards from goal and smashes a thunderous effort overe the wall which dips and hits the wrong side of the post. Very close.
  • 48'
    Oezil, surprisingly dropped to the bench this evening is warming up on the sidelines. Will we see the German playmaker anytime soon?
  • 45'
    SO CLOSE FROM MADRID! A corner is whipped in from the right and Ramos heads across goal. Ronaldo looks like he's going to make it 1-0 but his header from six yards is cleared off the line by Adriano. Two excellent interceptions from the Brazilian now.
  • Madrid get us back underway in the second-half. Possession is wasted immediately with Alonso launching the ball towards the Barcelona defence.
  • Both sides will be back out for the second-half any minute. Rihanna ringing around the stadium at the break. No Shakira though, not with her Pique ties and all.
  • Remember to get in contact with us through twitter people, we would love to hear your thoughts on the first-half. Who is winning the battle between Ronaldo and Messi? Which coach has his tactics right? Who if anyone, will open the scoring? Let us know.
  • A very interesting match so far, very different from when the two teams met at Camp Nou back in November. Los Blancos are working very hard to close down the space and are looking dangerous in the final third. Barcelona are still playing some inspiring football at times to wriggle themselves free of the Madrid stranglehold.
  • 45' + 1'
    HALF-TIME! It's 0-0 here at the Santiago Bernabeu between Real Madrid and Barcelona, a fair scoreline in retrospect. Both teams have had their opportunities in a fascinating encounter but an opener has so far been elusive. Who will be the happier of the two coaches?
  • 40'
    Villa tries his luck from 30 yards after turning Ramos. Honestly, it's poor, very poor. The ball bounces in front of Casillas who claims with ease.
  • 39'
    Very even game at the moment with los Blancos looking more and more dangerous in the final third. Will we see an opener before half-time?
  • 37'
    Marcelo is hobbling around but he should be okay. The pacy left-sided player attempts a shot from 25 yards out but Puyol catches him. No foul given.
  • 36'
    Ronaldo is yet to score against Barcelona with that unwanted statistic running back to his Manchester United days. Saying that, in Madrid's starting line-up tonight, only Ramos has scored against the Catalan club.
  • 34'
    CHANCE FOR MADRID! Marcelo goes on a wonderful run before picking out Ronaldo. The 40-goal man appears to have a clear run into the area but just as he's about to pull the trigger, Adriano makes a great sliding challenge. The ball rebounds into the air and eventually ends up into the grateful arms of Valdes.
  • 32'
    Marcelo now sees yellow for a handball. Messi looks to have beaten the Brazilian but the left-back stops the play with his hand.
  • 31'
    Yellow Card Marcelo
  • 31'
    CHANCE FOR DI MARIA! The former Benfica man receives the ball on the left side of the box before showing quick feet to side-step Alves. However, the angle is tight and he fires high and wide.
  • 30'
    Di Maria sends a wonderful ball forward towards Ronaldo but Pique is very aware and cuts it out for a corner.
  • 28'
    This el Clasico has come to life in recent minutes. Can't take your eyes off this for a second. Keep tweeting us people, let us know your thoughts!
  • 27'
    Yellow Card Piqué
  • 26'
    Pique was booked after protesting a little too much about the 'penalty decision' for the referee's likening.
  • 25'
    Controversy here as Barcelona believe they should be awarded a penalty. Villa is through one-one-one with Casillas. The out-of-form striker attempts to round the 'keeper but goes down. No penalty given but there was contact.
  • 25'
    All eyes on the referee as Ronaldo takes a tumble under a 'challenge' from Pique. The ref waves play on with the crowd in uproar. Right decision.
  • 23'
    RONALDO HEADS OVER! Brilliant corner from Di Maria gifts the Portuguese attacker with an opportunity get his head to the ball from six yards out but its way over the bar.
  • 22'
    OPPORTUNITY FOR BENZEMA! The French striker is played in but sees his shot saved by Valdes eight yards out. The 'keeper looked a little uncomfortable there.
  • 20'
    Blaugrana have certainly had the best of the opening 20 minutes with Madrid sitting deep. However, with Ronaldo and Di Maria waiting out wide, the home side will surely wait to hit Barca on the break.
  • 19'
    FIRST CHANCE FALLS TO BARCELONA! Iniesta slides the ball to Messi who takes a touch before attempting to dink the ball over Casillas' head from 12 yards. The Argentine really should have hit it low with power there.
  • 18'
    Los Blancos supporters are whistling loud. They're a little impatient with Barcelona seeing all of the ball at the moment. Over 30 consecutive passes now.
  • 16'
    Barcelona are seeing the majority of possession at the moment. Unsurprising really as the Catalans have averaged 73% in La Liga this season. Madrid are the second-best side with 59%.
  • 14'
    Barcelona have not conceded in the first 15 minutes of a game in any La Liga game this season. Madrid have one more minute to break that record.
  • 12'
    Messi looks to come central but his attempted dribble around Pepe is a no-goer. The makeshift defensive midfielder cutting the ball out before passing it to Ronaldo who eventually overruns the ball.
  • 10'
    Well-struck from Ronaldo but Valdes gathers with ease. His effort was far too central to cause the 'keeper any trouble. Decent start from the home team who were already 1-0 down at Camp Nou at this stage back in November.
  • 9'
    Yellow Card Adriano
  • 9'
    First booking of the game goes to....ADRIANO! The former Sevilla intentionally blocks Khedira to leave Madrid with a free-kick 35 yards out. Ronaldo magic?
  • 8'
    Alonso launches a free-kick into the box 40 yards out but his ball is rather aimless with Busquets clearing with his head.
  • 6'
    Madrid have already committed four fouls to Barcelona's one. Scrappy encounter so far with no chances at goal as of yet.
  • 4'
    Poor challenge! On the linesman. Marcelo slides Messi but in the process crashes into the unfortunate linesman to the laughter of the crowd.
  • 3'
    Few early niggly challenges in this one. First of all, Busquets catches Pepe who goes down holding his face. 30 seconds later, the Portuguese defender playing in midfield tonight brings down Xavi.
  • 2'
    Blaugrana are keeping hold of the ball in the opening stages with Puyol getting his first touch. Big boost for Guardiola's men to have their captain back but is he fully-fit?
  • 1'
    Barcelona get us underway here for arguably the biggest game in world football. Messi and Villa are the first players to touch the ball as Madrid look to close down their rivals straight away.
  • The players are out on the Santiago Bernabeu pitch now, the crowd awash with white flags from Madrid supporters. Hala Madrid is now being played to 80,000 people.
  • Messi goes down after losing his balance. It's no foul but it's an awkward fall for the Argentine. Interestingly, Messi has never scored versus a team managed by Mourinho.
  • Here's a stat for you. Ronaldo and Messi have scored an unbelievable 88 goals between them this season. Imagine if they were in the same side!
  • Nessun dorma rings around the stadium which adds to the already electric atmosphere. The players will be out on the pitch any minute now.
  • Remember, this is the first of four meetings between the sides in less than three weeks. The clubs meet on Wednesday for the Copa del Rey stadium while contending a two-legged Champions League semi-final to be contested on April 27 and May 3. Mouth-watering stuff.
  • The players are now in their respective changing rooms. Moments like this when you would love to be a fly on the wall, listening to Mourinho and Guardiola's team-talks. Remember to keep tweeting us guys.
  • 15 minutes to go now until kick-off. Atmosphere is electric in the Bernabeu with the players coming to the end of their pre-match warm-ups.
  • As another reminder, you can get involved with our editors and fans tonight by Tweeting your thoughts on the Clasico to #watchwithgoal. The discussion's well underway and we'd love to have you take part.
  • Meanwhile, Alberto tells us that there are rumblings from the Barcelona delegation that the Santiago Bernabeu grass is slightly longer than usual. The pitch looks great - dry, but very fine - but apparently not to everyone's liking.
  • Alberto Pinero from the Bernabeu brings us some anecdotes from the players' area. First of all, he says that Iker Casillas is so eager to put the memories of the 5-0 Camp Nou loss behind him that he's deep in thought, sitting alone on the stairs near the dressing room.
  • By some estimates 1 in 700 people on the planet will watch tonight's game. Of course just a tiny fraction of those will be at the stadium, but expect a fantastic atmosphere nonetheless.
  • As for what the Barcelona fans have planned, we'll need to wait and see. They will be very few in number due to obvious ticketing arrangements but they won't want for volume. Spain is not a country that generally provides great levels of away support but for a match like this there will of course be an exception.
  • For the home side, 70,000 white flags have been placed on the seats in the Bernabeu to form a mosaic in the crowd when Madrid emerge.
  • Our man in Madrid, Alberto Piñero, will be offering occasional updates too, live from the Bernabu. He informs us that both teams are going to be welcomed out with huge 'tifo' displays.
  • For Real Madrid the line-up selected matched the pundits' thoughts a lot more closely, which is somewhat ironic given Jose Mourinho's vow of silence before the game. How they actually play, we'll need to wait and see, but one can imagine trying to play on the counter against a rusty Puyol and Pique, whose pace is not his strength.
  • Barcelona arrived at Madrid's Barajas area around 10pm local time last night and were swarmed by their fans, but went into seclusion shortly afterwards. Thus the news that Puyol is starting came as a major surprise in Spain.
  • This game is expected to have a global television audience not far shy of 100 million. If you're watching and want to share your thoughts with editors and fans, or if you just want to keep track of the game, check out the hashtag #watchwithgoal on That's where you'll find all the news and views for tonight's Clasico.
  • You read it right: Carles Puyol is back in the Barcelona line-up. This is his first squad appearance since Barcelona's 3-0 win over Racing Santander on January 22nd. He lasted just 45 minutes in that game, but Pep Guardiola will need him for much longer tonight.
  • And BARCELONA line up as follows: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Puyol, Adriano; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesa; Pedro, Messi, Villa.
  • The big news there is that Mesut Ozil is out of the starting line-up. The German had a torrid time in the winter Clasico and sits out, with Pepe taking up a more defensive position to deal with the deep-lying threat of Lionel Messi.
  • We have the confirmed lineups already. Let's start with REAL MADRID: Casillas; Ramos, Carvalho, Albiol, Marcelo; Khedira, Pepe, Xabi Alonso; Di Maria, Benzema, Ronaldo.
  • Welcome to's special live coverage of El Clasico! We're kicking things off an hour early to bring you all the build up and excitement as Real Madrid welcome Barcelona to the Santiago Bernabeu!