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Real Madrid v Barcelona Live Commentary, 30/07/2017

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2 - 3
RMA
BAR
M. Kovačić (14)
Asensio (36)
L. Messi (3)
I. Rakitić (7)
Piqué (50)
Hard Rock Stadium

Commentary

Gerard Pique's goal early in the second half was enough to seal victory for Barcelona in the latest El Clasico showdown and, on that note, that's all from Miami. Thank you for following our LIVE text coverage of the International Champions Cup - hope you've enjoyed it. Until next time, see you soon!
FULL-TIME: REAL MADRID 2-3 BARCELONA
There goes the final whistle - Barcelona have won the American section of the 2017 International Champions Cup!
Mayoral gets a sight on goal and lets fly from the edge of the area, but pulls it wide of the target and that could well be it...
Barca are still holding firm despite Real pushing as we enter two minutes of stoppage time...
We are less than five minutes away from Barcelona being crowned winners of the 2017 International Champions Cup. That is unless Real Madrid can find a late equaliser to force a penalty shootout...
JUST WIDE! Ceballos almost sees his name in lights after a wonderful 25-yard effort bends whiskers wide of the far post with the keeper beaten. What a goal that would have been!
GREAT SAVE! Isco goes in search of the equaliser by whipping a vicious effort towards the far corner, but Cillessen springs across his goal brilliantly to tip it around the post.
Sergi Samper
Yellow Card
Barcelona
Not long after coming on, Samper is booked.
Digne is in need of attention as he stays down after being on the receiving end of a heavy challenge. However, although it looked like a painful one, the French left-back should be alright to continue.
Dani Ceballos
M. Kovačić
Real Madrid
Daniel Ceballos takes the place of Kovačić.
Borja Mayoral
K. Benzema
Real Madrid
Substitution Karim Benzema Borja Mayoral Moya
Óscar Rodríguez
G. Bale
Real Madrid
Bale is also given a rest as Oscar comes on in his place.
Marcos Llorente
Casemiro
Real Madrid
Casemiro is replaced by Marcos Llorente.
T. Hernández
Marcelo
Real Madrid
Marcelo makes way for Theo Hernández.
A. Hakimi
Carvajal
Real Madrid
Real also make some changes with Achraf Hakimi replacing Carvajal in one of them.
A. Turan
Neymar
Barcelona
Neymar makes way for Arda Turan.
Carles Aleñá
I. Rakitić
Barcelona
Rakitić is replaced by Carles Aleña.
J. Mascherano
Piqué
Barcelona
Another few Barca changes see Javier Mascherano on for Pique.
Sergi Samper
Sergio Busquets
Barcelona
Sergi Samper replaces Busquets.
L. Digne
Jordi Alba
Barcelona
Another sees Lucas Digne replace Alba.
Will Barcelona hold on to land the title or is there set to be a final twist for Real Madrid? Let the final 20 minutes commence!...
As we enter the final quarter of this showdown, it is worth noting that there is more El Clasico action to look forward to in the near future. These two sides will lock horns again in the Spanish Super Cup on August 13th and the 15th in a two-legged clash that is certainly not to be missed.
WHY INTERFERE?! A brilliant ball finds Alba with space to bare down on goal. However, Neymar takes over in the area and is eventually dispossessed much to the dismay of his teammate. The Brazilian should have just stayed out of the way then.
Denis Suárez
L. Messi
Barcelona
Messi is also given a breather as Denis Suarez takes his place.
Paco Alcácer
L. Suárez
Barcelona
Suarez is replaced by Paco Alcacar.
T. Vermaelen
S. Umtiti
Barcelona
Another sees Thomas Vermaelen replace Umtiti.
Nélson Semedo
Aleix Vidal
Barcelona
Barcelona make some changes with Vidal making way for Nelson Semedo in one of them.
Rakitic needs to watch his step! Unhappy at a rash challenge, the Croatian heavily protests towards the referee - actually manhandling him at one stage - and is fortunate not to receive a card for his troubles. You can't do that!
L. Suárez
Yellow Card
Barcelona
Suarez also has his name taken.
Carvajal
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
Carvajal has his name taken by the referee.
END TO END! Umtiti has a shot cleared off the line from a Barca corner while, from the resulting Real counter attack, Cillessen shows great reflexes to deny Isco's fierce effort.
GOOD SAVE! A brilliantly weighted pass releases Suarez in behind the defence. However, Navas is quickly out of goal to make a strong block on the Uruguayan's attempt toe-poke through the legs.
CHANCE! Neymar misses the target with another opportunity but, this time, fires over from a tight angle after being well found by Roberto.
SHOULD'VE BEEN 4-2! A clever dummy from Alba allows Neymar to run in behind the defence. However, he looks to round Navas and takes too shot getting his shot away, before firing wide of the target. The Brazilian should have shot straight away there.
Neymar
Assist
Barcelona
Neymar claimed his second assist of the day.
Piqué
Goal
Barcelona
PIQUE PUTS BARCELONA BACK IN FRONT!!! Barca begin the second half in the same way that they started the first, with Pique restoring their lead straight after the break.
Sergi Roberto
Andrés Iniesta
Barcelona
Barcelona have also made an alteration with Iniesta making way for Sergi Roberto.
KICK-OFF! The referee blows his whistle and Barca get the ball rolling once more.
Isco
L. Modrić
Real Madrid
And Isco is on for Modric.
Lucas Vázquez
Asensio
Real Madrid
Lucas Vazquez replaces Asensio.
Vallejo
R. Varane
Real Madrid
Elsewhere, Varane is replaced by Jesús Vallejo.
Nacho
Sergio Ramos
Real Madrid
Real Madrid have made a few changes at the break. One of which sees Nacho replace Ramos.
The players are back out on the field and the second half is imminent.
Barcelona made a flying start as goals from Lionel Messi and Ivan Rakitic gave them a 2-0 lead after just eight minutes. However, Real Madrid gradually grew into the contest with Mateo Kovacic pulling one back, before Marco Asensio levelled to leave the match finely poised when it resumes after the break.
HALF-TIME: REAL MADRID 2-2 BARCELONA
There goes the whistle as the referee brings a pulsating first half to a close.
NO PENALTY! Messi darts into the area and goes to ground under a challenge from Casemiro. However, the referee is unmoved much to the dismay of Barcelona.
EYE FOR AN EYE! Having been sent into the advertising hoardings by a strong Neymar shoulder barge earlier on, Carvajal exacts his revenge on the same player at the other end of the field. There is still plenty of spice and that is what makes El Clasico what it is.
The Spanish Under-21 international continues to underline his potential with incredible speed and extreme confidence to put that chance away. With a goal in the UEFA Champions League final his highlight of last season, he will be desperate for regular opportunities this term.
M. Kovačić
Assist
Real Madrid
Having scored the first goal, Kovacic is the provider of the second with a brilliant return pass.
Asensio
Goal
Real Madrid
ASENSIO!!! REAL MADRID ARE LEVEL! That was counter-attacking at it's very best from Real. Asensio leads the charge with his blistering pace and lays the ball off for Kovacic, from whom he receives the return pass before confidently sweeping past Cillessen.
Considering we are still in pre-season, the energy levels being shown from both sides is exceptional. They are playing with pace and guile and it has been a joy to watch so far.
END-TO-END STUFF! Messi has another chance but is denied by Navas on this occasion before, seconds later, Carvajal's dangerous cross is inches away from connecting with the outstretched legs of Benzema and Bale!
CHANCE! Barca come again with Iniesta leading the charge on this occasion. He reaches the edge of the area before laying the ball off for Messi, whose strike is uncharacteristically wayward and off target.
JUST WIDE! That was very nearly Neymar's fourth goal of this year's International Champions Cup. He received the ball from Suarez in the area as Barca launched a dangerous counter attack and, after taking on his marker, saw his shot drift just wide of the far post.
He has certainly done that during this tournament - scoring twice in the 2-1 victory over Juventus, as well as the only goal in a 1-0 success against Manchester United earlier this week.
One way or another, Neymar has found himself in the headlines recently. Whether it be the continuous speculation linking him with a world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain or his early exit following a training ground bust-up on Friday. Either way, he just needs to let his football do the talking for now.
R. Varane
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
Varane is shown the first yellow card of the game after a late challenge on Neymar. It was possible retribution for his earlier challenge on Casemiro, but the referee rightly puts the Frenchman in the book.
CLOSE! At the other end, Real go in search of an equaliser with Benzema leading the charge. The Frenchman lets fly with a left-footed drive from just outside the area, but sees it flash just wide of the target.
OUCH! Not too long after being involved in an altercation with Carvajal, Neymar then goes over the ball and catches the foot of Casemiro. In any other match, the Brazilian would have seen a card for that challenge, but the referee keeps his cards in his pocket this time.
What a match this is! Three goals inside the opening 14 minutes means that this has the makings of a classic and neutrals will certainly be hoping that is the case.
Casemiro
Assist
Real Madrid
Casemiro laid the ball off and Kovacic did the rest.
M. Kovačić
Goal
Real Madrid
LIFELINE, REAL MADRID!!! KOVACIC PULLS ONE BACK! The European champions respond as the Croatian cleverly steps away from a challenge on the edge of the area, before sweeping the ball past the despairing dive of Cillessen. Real Madrid are right back in this contest!
CLOSE! Hungry for more, Barca again go close to adding to their tally. Suarez latches onto another ball over the top of the defence, but is unable to keep his volley down on this occasion.
NOT FAR AWAY! Barca go in search of a third with Suarez latching onto a long ball in behind the defence. He then has the presence of mind to pick out Rakitic, whose first-time left-footed strike whistles just wide of the target.
After conceding four against Manchester City, this is not how Real Madrid will have wanted to start this game. It may just be a friendly, but Los Blancos will be desperate to avoid a defeat against their bitter rivals at all costs.
Neymar
Assist
Barcelona
Neymar created the opportunity to Rakitic provided the finish.
I. Rakitić
Goal
Barcelona
RAKITIC MAKES IT TWO!!! In the blink of an eye, it's 2-0! Neymar is back on the pitch and involved by reaching the penalty area and rolling the ball across for Suarez, whose clever dummy allowed the Croatian to fire a sweet strike into the bottom corner. This could be a rout!...
That is just the start that Barca were looking for! Despite being temporarily down to 10 men, they worked the ball brilliantly to get Messi in behind and he did the rest in trademark fashion.
Sergio Busquets
Assist
Barcelona
Busquets created the opportunity with a well-weighted pass into the path of Messi.
L. Messi
Goal
Barcelona
WHAT A START - MESSI GIVES BARCA THE LEAD!!! It has taken them just three minutes to make the breakthrough here! The Argentine is slipped in behind the defence by Busquets at the second attempt and cuts back onto his left foot, before unleashing a shot that deflects off Varane and beyond the helpless Navas. First blood to Barcelona!
Already, we have a break in play after Neymar goes down clutching his foot. The Brazilian appeared to twist as he looked to take on Carvajal and is limping rather gingerly as a result.
KICK-OFF! The referee blows his whistle and we're underway in Miami!
HERE THEY COME! The teams are making their way out onto the field and kick-off is just moments away...
BARCELONA SUBS: Ortola, Marlon, D. Suarez, Turan, Semedo, Mascherano, Vermaelen, Alena, Alcacer, Digne, Roberto, Samper, Pereira, Munir, Ezkieta.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Cillessen; Vidal, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, L. Suarez, Neymar.
Meanwhile, Ernesto Valverde makes three alterations to the Barca side that started the 1-0 win against Manchester United. Gerard Pique comes into the heart of defence alongside Samuel Umtiti, while Aleix Vidal replaces Nelson Semedo at right-back. Also, Andres Iniesta takes his place in the three-man midfield behind the mouth-watering 'MSN' attacking front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, who starts despite the evergrowing speculation linking him with a move away from the Nou Camp.
REAL MADRID SUBS: Casilla, Vallejo, Nacho, Kroos, Hernandez, Vazquez, Llorente, Mayoral, Isco, Ceballos, Yanez, Quezada, Tejero, Gomez, Feuillassier, Zidane, Oscar, Manu, Hakimi.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kovacic; Bale, Benzema, Asensio.
Zinedine Zidane makes a couple of changes from the loss against City for this match. Captain Sergio Ramos returns alongside Raphael Varane in the heart of defence with Nacho making way, while Marco Asensio is given a chance to prove his credentials as part of an attacking trio including Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.
Even during a friendly pre-season tournament, there is still something at stake in the latest battle of the Spanish giants. Barca will be crowned winners of the American section by claiming a third straight victory in the tournament, while Real are aiming to bounce back from their comprehensive 4-1 defeat against Manchester City by earning a first win of the 2017 event.
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