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FC Barcelona News: 19 December 2019; Barcelona Remain Top After Rare El Clasico Scoreless Draw

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FC Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid: High drama, no goals | FC Barcelona
The 90-minute rollercoaster ride of pure intense, drama was a feast for the eyes. Either side could have won it, and although rival fans will have their own opinions, and a Clásico would not be a Clásico without plenty of those, ultimately a draw was probably the fair result.

Barcelona and Real Madrid settle for goalless draw | ESPN
Real Madrid outplayed Barcelona for large parts of Wednesday’s La Liga clash but were unable to make their dominance count and the Clasico ended goalless to leave the Catalans top of the standings on goal difference. Both sides had shots cleared off the line and Gareth Bale did put the ball in the net after the interval but his strike was narrowly ruled out for offside and the fixture ended scoreless for the first time since November, 2002.

Seven Clásicos without defeat | FC Barcelona
Barça and Real Madrid produced some fantastic football but no goals in Wednesday’s Clásico, leaving them locked not just on the pitch but in the Liga table too, where they remain neck-and-neck with 36 points.

Barcelona’s draw with Real Madrid lacked goals, but stellar defence ensured it was still a classic | ESPN
The temptation to self-recriminate and assume that this Clasico was jinxed by my ESPN FC preview that guaranteed goals and pointed out that there hadn’t been a 0-0 draw for 17 beautiful, long years is dispelled by three names: Marc Andre ter Stegen, Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique.

Messi equals Xavi’s El Clásico record | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi keeps breaking records. The Argentine star matches Xavi Hernández as the Barça player with the most games played against Real Madrid in this Wednesday’s Clásico, with 42. Messi is the active Barça player with the most Clásicos played, and is only surpassed by Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, with 43.

Valverde: There was a lot of tension, the Clasico is the Clasico | Marca
Ernesto Valverde has acknowledged that Barcelona struggled to find answers to Real Madrid’s high pressing in a tense goalless draw at the Camp Nou. The Blaugrana coach also stressed that his players attempted to break through their opponents’ pressure lines through individual actions.

Real Madrid highlight ‘controversial’ El Clasico penalty incidents in official statement | Goal
Real Madrid has publicly highlighted the perceived injustice of multiple unsuccessful penalty shouts following their goalless El Clasico draw against Barcelona on Wednesday. Raphael Varane had two strong appeals turned down in the first half, the first for a high challenge from Barca defender Clement Lenglet at Camp Nou following a free-kick.

Ousmane Dembélé and Arthur continue recovery process in Thursday training | FC Barcelona
Following the 0-0 E Clásico draw with Real Madrid, FC Barcelona held a training session on Thursday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. The session saw available first team players in action, with those who featured in Wednesday night’s game undertaking recovery work. Sergio Busquets was absent due to fever.

Ten years since historic sextuple | FC Barcelona
Copa del Rey, Liga, Champions League, Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup and to top it all off, the Clubs World Cup. It was Abu Dhabi, exactly ten years ago today, that Barça completed the most incredible year in its history, winning all six possible trophies. No other team has ever done that.

Where are they now? Heroes of the sextuple | FC Barcelona
We take a look at the players and coaches who were part of the team that won six trophies in 2009 and what they are up to now 10 years later.

Camp Nou banners call for Spain and Catalonia to ‘sit down and talk’ | Marca
Two political banners were unfurled in the Camp Nou stands ahead of El Clasico. The banners were seen either side of the scoreboard on the second tier alongside a mosaic showing the yellow and red colours of the Senyera flag.

Police and protesters clash outside Clasico between Barcelona, Real Madrid | ESPN
Nine people were arrested after clashes broke out between police and protesters outside Camp Nou on Wednesday as Barcelona and Real Madrid played out a goalless draw in La Liga. The incidents followed a day of demonstrations around the stadium which had been called to coincide with the Clasico to protest the imprisonment of Catalan politicians in October.

Two Mossos seriously injured and 53 hurt after clashes outside the Camp Nou | Marca
Two members of the Mossos d’Esquadra, Catalonia’s autonomous police force, have been seriously injured after incidents outside the Camp Nou during and after Wednesday’s Clasico, while 58 have suffered mild injuries as some independence protestors looked to use violence, particularly after the match.

Clasico turns violent with nine arrested as police and fans clash outside Camp Nou | Goal
Protests after Wednesday night’s Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona turned violent, with several arrests and reports of injuries outside the Camp Nou. Following the goalless draw, clashes began between police and protesters outside the ground as demonstrations continued surrounding the Catalan separatist movement.

Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo house robbed ahead of El Clasico | Football Espana
The house of Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo has been robbed ahead of this evening El Clasico, report Marca. It is claimed that the incident took place around 2pm on Wednesday afternoon, when the Portugal international was at the team hotel ahead of the clash with Real Madrid.