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December 10, 2011
• Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan
• Attendance: 79900
K. Benzema 1'
A. Sánchez 30'
Marcelo 53' (own goal)
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Goals from Alexis Sanchez, Cesc Fabregas, and an own goal from Marcelo give Barcelona the victory despite conceding the fastest goal in Clasico history courtesy of Karim Benzema. A 3-1 victory for Pep Guardiola's side that may prove vital in the title race.
Due to the head to head rule imposed on La Liga, Barcelona now go top. However, Real Madrid have a game in hand over their rivals and will face Sevilla in their next game. The Catalan side now head to the Club World Cup in Japan, with their La Liga duties off until January.
Full time in the Clasico! Barcelona gain a vital victory over arch rivals Real Madrid with a 3-1 victory which sends them level on 37 points in La Liga.
Barcelona have bossed the second half with their possession play. Madrid were excellent in the first period but the visitors have came out and showed their class and look to be deserving winners of the Clasico.
Third and final change for Barcelona as Andres Iniesta leaves the pitch to a chorus of boos from the Real Madrid faithful. Pedro is his replacement.
Barcelona keeping possession expertly at the moment. Madrid are desperate to regain the ball but the visitors are being so patient in their play that Jose Mourinho's side are having to press the ball.
A scramble in the Madrid penalty area! Pepe sends a loose pass to Khedira and Iniesta intercepts before running in and shooting on goal, Casillas makes the save and shots and tackles come in thick and fast before the goalkeeper clutches the ball.
Good save from Valdes! Kaka cut inside and whipped a shot to the far post but the Barca goalkeeper managed to tip the ball round the post for a Real Madrid corner kick.
David Villa, a player who has been the scourge of Real Madrid over the years, comes on to replace Alexis Sanchez in the Barcelona attack.
Madrid enjoying a period of possession outside the Barcelona box at the moment, Kaka to Higuain, Higuain to Ronaldo, but the visitors are remaining solid and rigid at the back for the time being.
Barcelona make their first change of the match as Cesc Fabregas is replaced by Seydou Keita. Pep Guardiola looking to add some steal in the midfield area for the last part of the match.
Barcelona have really got into their rhythm in the second half. The confidence has been flowing and Real Madrid have struggled to deal with the Catalans.
Almost a carbon copy of the third goal for Barcelona! Dani Alves finds room down the right and clips a cross into the penalty area for Xavi but the Barca man sends his diving header just wide!
The game is becoming a very heated affair. Andres Iniesta is scythed down in quick succession after Sami Khedira and Fabio Coentrao rashly went in with late challenges.
Yellow Card Sergio Ramos
Third Real Madrid change of the match. Gonzalo Higuain comes on to replace Angel Di Maria. The substitute turns 24 years old today and what a birthday it would be if he could help his side back into the match.
Ángel Di María
An incredible few minutes in the game there, Ronaldo misses a sitter to send his side level and then Barcelona counter attack and grab a vital third goal.
Assist Daniel Alves
Goal Cesc Fàbregas
GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL FOR BARCELONA!!! A fantastic team goal from the Catalan side! Messi goes on a powerful run down the right and slips a pass to Dani Alves who whips a brilliant cross to the back post for Fabregas, and the former Arsenal man scores a diving header to send his side 3-1 up!
Real Madrid with a glorious chance to go level! Xabi Alonso clips a fantastic cross to the back post to Ronaldo who was standing unmarked but the Portuguese misjudges his header and sends his attempt wide!
HUUUUYYYY!!! Messi's free kick goes a whisker by the left-hand post! That certainly has Iker Casillas scrambling across his goal!
Yellow Card Pepe
Another substitution for Real Madrid as Lassana Diarra is replaced by Sami Khedira in the middle of midfield.
Yellow Card Lassana Diarra
Pepe received a booking after an extremely late challenge on Lionel Messi as the Argentine sent a pass through to Fabregas. Barcelona free kick from 30 yards.
Good interplay between Ronaldo and Kaka down the left wing. The Brazilian received the ball from his team-mate and went on a strong run down the flank and attempted to run past Pique into the box, but eventually found himself outnumbered and had to turn back.
A regular Real Madrid substitution as Mesut Ozil is sacrificed for Kaka just as Barcelona look to be in the ascendancy.
Barcelona take a vital lead in the Clasico and it looks like Jose Mourino is wasting no time as Kaka is stripped and ready to come on.
Own Goal Marcelo
GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL FOR BARCELONA!!! A freak goal from the Catalan side! Xavi attempts a speculative volley from 25 yards that bounces off Marcelo and agonizingly clips off the post and nestles in the corner! It may go down as a Xavi goal or as a Marcelo own goal.
Fantastic tackle in the Madrid box from Coentrao to dispossess Andres Iniesta as the Spanish maestro drove into the box.
Ronaldo just tests the nerve of Valdes with a dipping free kick from 25 yards but the Barca goalkeeper got his body behind the attempt and remained solid to clutch the ball.
Yellow Card Piqué
A disappointing free kick from Ronaldo but Pepe is fouled immediately after the attempt hits the Barcelona wall. Take two.
Gerard Pique receives a booking after clipping the legs of Cristiano Ronaldo as the Portuguese drove towards the Barcelona goal. A free kick now in CR7 territory.
Barcelona have won none of the four matches in which they have not been ahead at half-time in the league this season.
Real Madrid kick off the second half. A massive 45 minutes for both clubs approaches, who will gain the upper hand in the second period?
Half time in the Clasico. A compelling affair so far as Real Madrid take the lead after 22 second but Barcelona equalise on the half hour mark. You do not want to miss any of this! We will see you in 15 minutes for the second half!
There have been seven red cards in the last 11 Clasico matches, and Lionel Messi was dangerously close to adding to the tally there.
Ohhhh Lionel Messi just goes in late on Xabi Alonso. The Argentine was booked for dissent a few minutes ago and the referee thought about a second booking. Perhaps Messi lucky to still be on the pitch.
A quiet period in the match at the moment. Both teams are surrendering possession rather cheaply in the midfield area so no meaningful attacks are being created currently.
Excellent tackle from Gerard Pique just outside the Barcelona box to dispossess Karim Benzema after a Frenchman attempted the step over to get into the penalty area.
Yellow Card Messi
Xavi again with the set-piece. Same story as the last free kick. The Barcelona captain clips the ball to the back post but Casillas punches the ball away in style.
Another Barcelona free kick in a dangerous position down the left. Pepe brings down Alexis with a vicious challenge. The Portuguese lives up to his Clasico reputation.
In true Clasico style, the players are surrounding the referee after a couple of decisions. To be fair the official however, he has allowed the game to run smoothly so far.
Barcelona look to have regained some of their swagger now. They are starting to establish their passing game in the midfield area.
Goal Alexis Sánchez
GOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLL FOR BARCELONA!!! Lionel Messi fights off several challenges and slips a pass through on goal for Alexis Sanchez who outpaces Pepe before smashing a shot in the bottom left corner! All square!
Lassana Diarra sees his name in lights as he finds a pocket of space in midfield and drives forward before unleashing a shot on goal but it was never troubling Victor Valdes and goes well over.
Yellow Card Alexis Sánchez
Yellow Card Xabi Alonso
The game is starting to hot up in terms of tackles in the midfield area. Xabi Alonso and Alexis Sanchez haves received bookings in the last few moments for very poorly timed challenges.
Madrid with a great chance to go two ahead! Benzema drives down the left-hand side of the Barca box and reverses a pass inside to Ronaldo who miskicks his shot far by the post! Angel Di Maria was standing unmarked waiting for a pass!
Free kick to Barcelona a yard outside the box after a Lassana Diarra foul. Xavi clips the set-piece into the six yard box but Iker Casillas punches the ball to safety.
Karim Benzema's goal after 22 seconds is the fastest goal in Clasico history. The Frenchman gave his side the best possible start to the match.
The work ethic of Madrid has been truly fantastic so far. They are not allowing Barcelona one second of peace to spray passes around, and as a result, Victor Valdes has arguably seen the biggest amount of possession in the team.
The game appears to have quietened down slightly now after a lightning opening 15 minutes. It is an excellent match so far at Santiago Bernabeu!
A small delay in play now as Angel Di Maria is down with injury. The Argentine appeared to stretch his leg slightly as he collapsed on the greasy surface.
Victor Valdes with another terrible clearance! The Barcelona goalkeeper clips a poor pass directly to Xabi Alonso who attempt to score from the half way line but the attempt was rushed and Eric Abidal manages to clear!
The game is being played at lightning pace at the moment. The first ten minutes have flew past. Barcelona look unable to deal with the tempo of Madrid at the moment.
Barcelona are struggling to get into their passing rhythm. They are being pressed with so much intensity by Real Madrid that they cannot establish a period of possession.
Real Madrid have won their last 72 league games after taking the lead. Perhaps Barcelona have a mountain to climb?
World class save from Iker Casillas! Ramos slips in the left back position, Messi then takes advantage and drives towards goal. The Argentine then attempts to bend the ball into the far post but the Madrid captain gets fingertips on it to turn the ball away for a corner kick.
An incredible beginning to the match! Real Madrid make a flying start as they go ahead in the first minute. Mourinho's men are so up for this game! They are pressing the Barcelona players extremely high up the pitch.
Goal Karim Benzema
GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLL FOR REAL MADRID!!! Benzema scores after 22 seconds!! Victor Valdes sends a poor pass into the midfield but Madrid scramble the ball back into the penalty area where the Frenchman is standing just outside the six yard box to volley home! A bad mistake by Valdes!
Assist Mesut Özil
The match is underway in Madrid! This is the Clasico!
In the last 11 Clasico matches there have been 7 red cards. So the referee may have his hands full tonight!
The atmosphere is electric inside Santiago Bernabeu. The Real Madrid support are certainly an intimidating presence for the Barcelona players.
Both sides will be looking for their star players to make an impact in the match. Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid and Lionel Messi for Barcelona have both scored seventeen goals so far in the league for their respective teams.
If Barcelona can manage to win the Clasico, they will go level with Real Madrid on 37 points in La Liga. However, Jose Mourinho's men have a game in hand over the Catalan side.
Real Madrid go into this match having made their best ever start to a La Liga season in terms of goalscoring. They have netted 49 goals in their opening 14 matches in the league.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has made some interesting selections also. Karim Benzema is favoured instead of Gonzalo Higuain in attack. It also appears that Fabio Coentrao will feature in the right back position, with Alvaro Arbeloa still struggling for fitness. Lassana Diarra looks to be partnering Xabi Alonso in the Madrid engine room.
It will be interesting to see how each team employs their tactics this evening. Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola usually switches between a 4-3-3 formation and a 3-4-3 formation and with the players he has selected, either would be suitable. Dani Alves can easily come forward on the right to make up a four man midfield. We will see soon enough how the team shapes up.
Real Madrid go into this match in scintillating form, they have won their last 15 games in all competitions.
This is the starting XI of Barcelona: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta; Cesc, Messi, Alexis.
The teams are in! This is how Real Madrid will be lining up tonight: Casillas; Coentrao, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Xabi Alonso, Diarra; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema.
This is the seventh Clasico match of 2011 and out of the six previous encounters, Barcelona have won two times, there has been three draws, and Real Madrid have won just one match.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I will be reporting on the match this evening. You can follow myself and Goal.com on Twitter at @MartinMac1 and @goal_intl so don't forget to post your thoughts, feelings, and predictions on the match!
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