FULL-TIME, Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid: The first El Clásico of the season ends in a Madrid win. Barça fought hard but came up short and the controversial penalty had a clear effect on the team.
GOAL, Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid (Modric 90’): Game over. Neto makes another huge intervention, but the ball falls to Luka Modric rounds the goalkeeper and scores Madrid’s third.
87min: Final roll of the dice by Koeman as Martin Braithwaite replaces Jordi Alba.
86min: NETO AGAIN!!! SPECTACULAR stop by the Barça keeper to stop Sergio Ramos from killing the game.
85min: NETO!!! Amazing double save by the Brazilian to stop Toni Kroos twice.
81min: Here comes the cavalry: three changes at once for Barça as Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and Francisco Trincão replace Ansu Fati, Pedri and Sergio Busquets.
75min: Fifteen minutes to go and no changes from Koeman. Odd.
69min: SAVE! Alba with the cross, Courtois tries to palm it away but the ball falls to Coutinho, but the Belgian makes another great stop.
GOAL, Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid (Ramos 62’): Sergio Ramos scores from the spot and Madrid have the lead.
61min: Penalty to Real Madrid after a VAR review. Lenglet is called for pulling Sergio Ramos’ shirt, and thanks to some blatant acting by Ramos, the call is made.
53min: CLOSE AGAIN! Brilliant cross from Ansu Fati to Coutinho, who heads the ball low and away from Courtois but hits the side netting.
51min: CLOSE! Ansu Fati finds space on the right side and fires a very dangerous low shot that goes just wide.
50min: No chances so far for either team, who are very successful at stopping each other right now.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid: And we’re back underway! Come on, boys! Let’s find the winner and complete the comeback!
HALFTIME, Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid: Very entertaining and intense first half. The goals came super early but the fun continued throughout the period.
43min: Lucas Vázquez replaced the injured Nacho as Zinedine Zidane is forced to make his first substitution.
28min: Yellow card for Clément Lenglet for a foul on Valverde.
24min: NETO!!! Big save by the Barça goalkeeper to stop what seemed like an easy goal for Benzema.
23min: HUGE CHANCE! Messi receives the ball inside the box, dribbles past Sergio Ramos and tries to beat Courtois, but the Belgian makes an amazing save.
19min: Another shot on target for Barça, this time Messi tests Courtois in goal. Messi is down after a rough challenge from Casemiro, who gets a yellow card for it.
14min: Shot on target from Philippe Coutinho but a comfortable save for Thibaut Coirtois. Barça putting on the pressure after equalizing.
GOAL!!! Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid (Fati 8’): BARÇA EQUALIZE!!! Messi finds Jordi Alba with a beautiful lob pass, and Alba gives Ansu Fati a tap-in for an instant reply!
7min: Vinicius Junior makes a one-two with Benzema and nearly gets a shot on target. Horrible start from Barça.
GOAL, Barcelona 0-1 Real Madrid (Valverde 5’): Terrible defensive breakdown for Barça and Karim Benzema finds Federico Valverde all alone inside the box for the opening goal.
KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid: Come on, boys! Let’s win El Clásico!
Starting XI: Neto; Dest, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jong; Ansu Fati, Pedri, Coutinho; Messi (4-2-3-1)
Bench: Iñaki Peña (GK), Arnau (GK), Araujo, Firpo, Roberto, Pjanic, Aleñá, Puig, Trincão, Dembélé, Griezmann, Braithwaite
Starting XI: Courtois; Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius (4-3-3)
Bench: Lunin (GK), Luis López (GK), Militão, Marcelo, Modric, Isco, Vázquez, Rodrygo, Jovic
WELCOME TO THE GREATEST STADIUM ON EARTH!!! The beautiful home of Barcelona is the site of the first El Clásico of the season between the world’s best club and Real Madrid, who come into this one on a two-game losing streak and desperate for points against their biggest rivals. This should be a great game, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. LET’S LIVE BLOG!!!
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Competition/Round: 2020-21 La Liga, Matchday 7
Date/Time: Saturday, October 24, 2020, 4pm CET (Barcelona), 3pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 10am ET, 7am PT (USA), 7.30pm IST (India)
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera
VAR: José María Sánchez Martínez
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM EL CLÁSICO
How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), LaLigaTV (UK), SuperSport (Nigeria), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), Not Available (India), others
Matchday Thread Rules
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Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, no swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.
Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!