FULL-TIME, Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona: Pathetic second half, deserved loss. This team is just not really good and Quique Setién is not helping.
GOAL, Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona (Mariano 90’+2): Game over. Counter attack for Madrid and Mariano Díaz scores with his first touch of the game after coming on as a substitute.
GOAL, Real Madrid 1-0 Barcelona (Vinicius 71’): Real take the lead. Vinicius Júnior receives the ball on the left wing, is allowed to run with the ball all alone until he gets in front of goal, and beats Ter Stegen at his near post. Unbelievably bad defending by Barça.
62min: Huge miss by Karim Benzema on a cross by Dani Carvajal. Madrid have completely dominated the start of this second half.
56min: TER STEGEN!!!! INCREDIBLE SAVE BY THE BARCELONA GOALKEEPER TO STOP ISCO!
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Real Madrid 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re back! Let’s find a winner, boys!
HALFTIME, Real Madrid 0-0 Barcelona: Excellent Clásico so far. No goals, though.
38min: COURTOIS AGAIN!!! Amazing pass from Busquets to find a wide open Messi but the Belgian goalkeeper makes a huge stop.
34min: Another huge chance! Griezmann finds Arthur in midfield and the Brazilian goes on an amazing solo run and finds himself in front of goal, but Courtois makes a great save.
30min: First shot on target comes from Messi, but it’s with his weaker right foot and Thibaut Courtois makes an easy save.
21min: Barça first big chance of the game. Lionel Messi finds Jordi Alba who finds Antoine Griezmann all alone in the box, but the Frenchman fires over the bar.
15min: Five good minutes from Madrid who are pressing higher up the pitch and forcing Barça to get rid of the ball. Toni Kroos with the first half-chance but his shot goes over the bar.
10min: Cagey start from both sides, who are defending in a 4-4-2 and closing spaces in the middle. No chances so far.
KICKOFF! Real Madrid 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re underway! Come on, boys!
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Arthur, Busquets, De Jong; Vidal, Messi, Griezmann (4-3-3)
Bench: Neto (GK), Lenglet, Firpo, Rakitic, Collado, Ansu Fati, Braithwaite
Starting XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos; Isco, Benzema, Vinicius (4-3-3)
Bench: Aréola (GK), Militão, Mendy, Modric, Vázquez, Bale, Mariano
WELCOME TO THE SANTIAGO BERNABÉU!!! The home of all-time La Liga champions Real Madrid is the site of a gigantic El Clásico between the hosts and two-time defending champions Barcelona, who come into this one two points ahead of their biggest rivals at the top of the table and could take a giant step towards winning a third straight league title with a sixth straight win at the Bernabéu. This promises to be all kinds of fun, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. LET’S LIVE BLOG!!!
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Competition/Round: 2019-20 La Liga, Matchday 26
Date/Time: Sunday, March 1st, 2020, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Monday)
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM EL CLÁSICO
How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), LaLigaTV (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), Not Available (India), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), others
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Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!