Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s highlights of the El Clasico conflict between Real Madrid and Barcelona on the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium in Madrid.
A palpitating end, a riverting first-half and a few sensational objectives on show marks one more El Clasico. Real Madrid has held its nerve by a powerful response from Barcelona within the second-half to raise itself to the highest spot in La Liga with 66 pts from 30 video games alongside Atletico who nonetheless has a sport in hand. An outright Los Blancos first-half had a sensational backheel objective from Karim Benzema earlier than Toni Kroos doubled the lead with an excellent free-kick.
Koeman’s males, led by Messi who tried every little thing inside his limts, had been higher positioned within the second-half with a objective from Mingueza. Madrid was closely profitable in conserving its nemesis, Messi beneath test. Leo didn’t breach by the makeshift Madrid defence and was compelled to stray deep into the left flank to create alternatives.
However, a gritty Madrid has places its identify effectively on track for the title race with a supreme efficiency which additionally noticed it profitable the El Clasico thrice in a row for the primary time since 1978!
90+4′ WHAT AN UNBELIEVABLE FINISH! Moriba hits the woodwork within the ultimate seconds of the Clasico! Ter Stegen is up there as effectively and pushes in one other shot that’s shoved away by Madrid and the referee blows the ultimate whistles! A high-octane conflict with a frenetic finish.
90′ Messi hits the goal with a curling free-kick however Courtois has managed to maintain this one beneath test. The referee, in the meantime has added 4 additional minutes.
FREE-KICK FOR BARCELONA! And Casemiro sees Red! Two yellows in a minute for him as Messi steps up for the set-piece inches out of the field! That would possibly effectively go down because the final probability for the Catalans.
87′ The ultimate surge of desperation takes over Barcelona and the slip-ups have crept into its sport. Madrid retains its composure because it makes an attempt to see off the remaining minutes with passive aggression.
83′ MASSIVE CHANCE FOR BARCA! Alba rushes in from the left and slips the ball by an approachign Courtois in an try to seek out new man, Brathwaite. Mendy does effectively to cowl the road and has maybe introduced Brathwaite down within the field there. The referee doesn’t purchase the autumn and has ordered for the play to proceed. The Barca gamers aren’t proud of the decision and continues to land a protest which ends with a yewllo card for Jordi Alba.
78′ The rains have subsided however there appears to be a pause within the sport because the referee has misplaced his technical reference to the off-field set-up. Messi is seen shivering within the frosty situations there! Leo strikes out to have a change of blouse as effectively in a brief break.
74′ Messi sends one into the field and Moriba hits the heads rightaway after coming in. He feels to induce any drive behind the header and Courtois has no hassle in snapping the ball there.
SUB: BAR: Moriba replaces Araujo
SUB: RMA: Benzema, Vinicius, Kroos are changed by Mariano, Isco and Marcelo That’s some daring transfer from Zidane with 18 minutes on the clock.
67′ How on earth did that not go in? Madrid has practically had its third objective for the third time tonight. Casemiro finds a cross into the field to Benzema who heads it to Kroos who squanders a transparent probability on objective with a timid header.
65′ Barcelona has assumed possession ever because the objective and sees a terrific counter-attack in a flash from Luka Modrica. Modric lobs it deep for Vinicius who appeared to have flown previous the protection. Vinicius needlessly crosses the ball to Benzema however Lenglet intervenes to supply an important deflection for Barcelona.
SUB: Sergio Roberto in for Sergio Busquets (BAR)
59′ GOOOALLL! Mingueza places one again for Barcelona!! A tremendous cross from Jordi Alba arrange by Messi from the left flank, has Griezmann leap over it to set it up for Mingueza. Mingueza lunges in previous the markers and drills it house with out a lot ado. This sport is broad open, people as Madrid is compelled to really feel the chills now!
55′ Casemiro practically units up the third! Trecherous situations certainly because the downpour continues. Casemiro is briefly pushed again by Lenglet however discover his approach by the proper finish of the field and swooshes it in an try to seek out Benzema who fails to succeed in the ball in time.
52′ Alba makes an attempt to push the ball in for Dembele however Casemiro intercepts the ball and pushes it ahead to Benzema who rushes in from the proper and pushes the ball in for Kroos who hits approach over the cross-bar in a sloppy try.
47′ The heavens have opened up strongly and so has Madrid taken cost over Barca as soon as once more. Koeman has regrouped and reformed his lineup with Griezmann coming in. However, Vinicius continues to push the ball ahead for Madrid on the different finish. Clearly, has been a troublesome ask for Barca to take care of him tonight.
Substitution: Antoine Griezmann replaces Sergino Dest for the 2nd.
Welcome again to the second-half! A riveting first-half is behind us as Zidane’s males stamped their authority throughout Messi and Co.
What an entertaining first half have we add within the first Clasico on the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium! The Los Blancos assault has been in high gear from the primary minute with a fiery Vinicius Jr placing the Barca defence to disgrace with some manic run-ins! However, the primary objective for Madrid was a minute of magical team-work with a scorching run from Valverde ending with an inch-perfect roller from Vasquez that culminated in a mercurial Benzema backheel end.
If that weren’t sufficient for Barca, Koeman’s boys added to their very own woes with a useless problem paving approach for a Toni Kroos particular from the set-piece outdoors the field. Kroos made his El Clasico score-sheet debut with that shot. At the opposite finish, Barcelona has ensured the Madrid makeshift defence didn’t have it simple. Messi, was on the fore as soon as once more as Barca rummaged by its armoury to discover a potent approach to breach Zidane’s males.
45+2′ Messi!!!! Oh, practically there with a objective of the yr from the nook! Messi takes the nook and raises it excessive over the huddle and its the woodwork. The world would have gone abuzz if that went in proper there. Messi follows it up with one other probability from the nook on the different finish. He is left unmarked behind the huddle and the ball finds his toes. Messi twitches earlier than trying a powerful shot however Courtois has achieved supremely effectively to slip and block it out because the referee blows the half-time whistle!
45′ Two minutes added on!
43′ Substitution: Alvaro Odrziozola replaces Lucas Vasquez
The rains have graced the Clasico whereas Lucas Vasquez is seen wincing with some ache.
40′ Barcelona try to rush into the Madrid backline, however the makeshift lineup has put up a flawless fortress to maintain Messi and Demble at arm’s size.
34′ CHANCE! Madrid practically had its third! Vasquez’s move is intercepted by Vinicius who storms in the direction of objective earlier than pushing the ball broad to Valverde who hits the submit from a shoot out from the far-right. Vasquez rockets in one other hit of the rebound however Ter Stegen has achieved to maintain the scoreline intact.
33′ Messi slips previous a throng of the Madrid protection however “centre-back” Lucas Vasquez has put him out right here.
30′ Troubles proceed to brew for Barca as Vinicius continues his cost by the left flank! He twists and turns as Lenglet and Araujo have a troublesome time conserving him out. Vinicius goes down inside the field however the referee has an excellent have a look at it earlier than persevering with with the play.
FREE-KICK: AND GOOOALLLLL! Kroos smashes it in off a deflection from the Barca defence. A useless cost in opposition to Vinicius has come right down to hang-out the customer large time in beneath half-hour right here!
26′ Freekick for Madrid simply inches out of the field as Vinicius is introduced down. Toni Kroos steps as much as take the set-piece.
22′ Freekick for Madrid as Casemiro is introduced down by Pedri, few yards out from the field! Barca manages to maintain this one out for now.
21′ Madrid continues the cost. Modric has created one other run into the field and finds Benzema on the receiving finish. Like a beehive rattled, the Barca defence has swarmed across the Frenchman who tries to wriggle his approach by however Sergio Busquets has quelled the upcoming hazard.
16′ Messi wastes no time in aiming for a becoming response. The grasp cuts previous Mendy and Militao and sends in a stifling cross to Dembele who misses to make contact with the ball by a whisker. Just a faint contact with the pinnacle would have meant an equaliser there.
Indeed, a Playstation end from Benzema!
13′ GOOOALL! Benzema places Madrid within the lead with a basic end! What a run in it was Valverde as he swishes previous the Barca back-line from the proper to centre earlier than passing it again to Vinicius in the proper flank. Vinicius takes his time and dishes in a ravishing roller to Benzema who nets his twenty fifth objective of the season with a scorching backheel!
9′ CHANCE! Messi practically will get Alba to shoot in by the Madrid defence! Messi costs with the ball from 30 yards out and manages to run throughout Militao and Vasquez earlier than slicing the ball to Alba within the wing. Alba makes an attempt to fend in a single from far left to Dembele however Courtois makes an honest clearance.
7′ Casemiro and Kroos maintain the ball in control of Madrid at the same time as Messi has regarded to sneak by its defence on a few events, solely to be denied by Casemiro and Mendy.
4′ The Barca midfield drags the ball again to Ter Stegen who manages to clear the ball for a second earlier than Vincius Jr storms into the field with the ball however Ter Stegen manages to maintain it beneath management as soon as once more. Real Madrid is seeking to rise up on high early on.
2′ Positive begin from Madrid because it presses ahead nearly instantly. Interestingly, Valverde and Vasquez have led the cost up-front early.
Kick-Off! Real Madrid units the ball rolling!
12:30AM: We are practically there! Benzema and Messi line up subsequent to the referee forward of the all-important conflict. Kick-off in beneath a minute. The groups take part a second of silence to mark respects for former Madrid defender, Antonio Calpe.
12:18AM: Leo’s in the home!
Leo’s arrived for the Clasico in Madrid! – GETTY IMAGES
12:15AM: Karim Benzema and Co. are going by their stretches forward of the essential La Liga fixture – one that will shift the course of the rest of the league season.
12:00AM (IST): half-hour away from kick-off, here’s a dose of some extra wonderful stats!
Messi and Co. are on their approach to the capital!
We are an excellent 40 minutes away from kick-off and listed below are some key numbers from the long-lasting Clasico contest.
Real Madrid (La Liga) – WDDWWW
Real Madrid (all competitions) – DWWWWW
Barcelona (La Liga) – WWWWWW
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The Lineups are out!
Real Madrid XI: (4-4-2) – Courtois; Lucas Vázquez, Militao, Nacho, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius.
Barcelona XI: (3-2-3-2) – Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Aruajo, Lenglet; Dest, Busquets, Pedri, De Jong, Jordi Alba; Messi, Dembélé.
Well, effectively – a possible decider for the La Liga title is right here for us tonight, with 9 matches earlier than the end line. And who higher to stage the high-stakes match than the ageless rivals – Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The match-up, the 246th between these two giants, comes at an important juncture within the La Liga title race as each side have sneaked in inside putting distance of present chief Atletico Madrid.
Zinedine Zidane’s Los Blancos have had a stellar run because the finish of January, profitable seven and drawing three in its final 10 league video games since then. Diego Simeone’s Atletico (66 pts, 29 video games) will definitely be feeling the chills as Real (63 pts, 29 video games) have discovered a approach to reel again into the reckoning.
And Ronald Koeman’s males have been no completely different in its stellar rejuvenation since January. The Catalans haven’t tasted defeat since its loss in final December to Cadiz and heads into the Madrid assembly with six consecutive wins beneath its belt.
Barca trounced fifth-placed Real Sociedad 6-1 in its earlier away league fixture in February.
Madrid can be with out the companies of Sergio Ramos as a result of a calf drawback, whereas Dani Carvajal too is dominated out as a result of an harm. Varane is unavailable as a result of a constructive coronavirus check, and ahead Eden Hazard has been overlooked of the squad regardless of recovering from his harm.
For Koeman’s aspect, Coutinho and Ansu Fati will stay on the sidelines with knee accidents.
What they stated
“Hopefully he’s not played his last El Clasico. He won’t be fit tomorrow, which is a shame, but I hope he stays here,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane on whether or not Sunday’s El Clasico could be Lionel Messi’s final.
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