Barcelona vs Real Madrid Live Scores, Updates and Commentary of La Liga 2016 (1-1)

Barcelona vs Real Madrid Live Scores, Updates and Commentary of La Liga 2016 (1-1)

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That's it! We end this match tied at 1, and probably deservedly so. Brilliant match from both sides, but Barcelona probably will have felt hard done letting in a goal so late into the night.

90 +2' OFF THE LINE!!! Casemiro clears a high, looping header away!

90 + Ronaldo down in a bit of pain, ref tells him to get up.

Three minutes of added time. Is there another goal in this thing?

90' GOAL!!!!!!!!! Real Madrid have leveled late at the Camp Nou! And it's Sergio Ramos who finds the back of the net!!!

90' Mascherano booked.

89' Ronaldo's downward header is cleared away at the doorstep!

88' Neymar comes off the pitch for Denis Suarez, interesting change from Enrique. More presence in the middle of the pitch for sure.

87' Ramos heads one just over the crossbar after Carvajal whipped in a dangerous ball.

Mariano Diaz comes on for Kovacic.

84' Busquests follows through on Asensio and picks up yellow despite getting a touch on the ball.

82' Iniesta feeds Messi with an excellent pass, but Messi fires wide of the target.

80' Neymar rolls on the ground after Carvajal clips him. The Real Madrid man gets a yellow for his late challenge.

77' Two changes coming, Benzema off for AsensioArda Turan coming on for a limping Gomes.

75' Suarez gets booked after running into Varane, protests to the AR.

74' Corner for Real Madrid.

70' Twenty minutes left in this one, can Barcelona hang on? Or is there one in this for Real Madrid?

69' Iniesta's attempt slaps off of Carvajal as the deflection hits the side netting -- corner played short, maintains possession.

68' Oh my! Neymar goes ever so close, aims for the top corner, but misses by mere inches. How Barcelona could have used that second goal.

65' Isco is replaced by Casemiro; in the dugout Isco kicks a water bottle over in frustration for leaving the pitch.

63' Busquets has been everywhere in this match, playing wonderful balls, tackling to perfection. One of the men of the match after an hour plus played.

61' Every time Iniesta touches the ball, the Camp Nou crowd gives him a round of applause for those couple of seconds.

Rakitic will be making way for Iniesta who is making his return after being sidelined for just over a month. 

Andres Iniesta getting final instructions, he'll play about 30 minutes or so.

57' Messi nearly feeds Suarez with a sublime ball but Navas comes off his line just enough to through the Uruguyan off.

55' Roberto blocks a Marcelo cross, Real Madrid corner.

53' GOAL GOAL GOAL!!!!!! Barcelona have found the breakthrough! Neymar whistles in his free kick towards the middle of the six yard box and Luis Suarez heads home emphatically!

52' Varane whistled for a foul on Neymar.

52' Cristiano Ronaldo fires one into the top row of the Camp Nou and hears it from the Barcelona supporters.

51' Both sides are still defending very well. As soon as one looks to exploit space, it is quickly gone. 

49' Lucas Vazquez is offside, but just. Replay though looks like the winger was on.

47' Isco knocks out Suarez' pass out for a corner... Rakitic sends in a poor cross that Real Madrid deal with quite easily

46' Barcelona begin the second half!

45' + The referee blows for halftime a few seconds after the allotted 45 minutes given. Barcelona and Real Madrid head into the locker rooms tied at zero. 

45' Varane nearly scores off the ensuing corner but Ter Stegen does well to catch the low header.

44' Pique clears at the last second! Benzema nearly finds Ronaldo but the Barca defender puts the ball out for a corner.

40' A shout for a penalty again for Barcelona for a handball in the box, win just a corner, however.

38' Ronaldo dances inside the area before hitting a weak shot straight at the Barcelona shot stopper.

37' Real Madrid's corner is also cleared after Ter Stegen stopped a Ronaldo attempt at the near post.

36' Messi tries to find Gomes in the box, but Real Madrid clear the set piece.

35' Barcelona's Neymar gets roughed up by Carvajal and wins a free kick in a good spot.

32' Real Madrid could have had a golden opportunity in the box but Benzema and Ronaldo tangle before Barcelona get the ball back after Marcelo misses the target wide left.

30' Marcelo was hounded by three Barcelona players and comes away winning possession after being fouled following a lovely spin move.

29' The home side get their first booking of the night through Neymar who is now suspended for the next league match. 

27' Mascherano bundles over Ronaldo and is whistled for the foul.

25' Barcelona's corner kick is cleared away by Benzema.

24' Marcelo's dangerous cross is headed away at the far post as both sides are just lacking that final ball at the moment. Surely, though, there will be a goal scored in this one before the 90 minutes are up.

21' Suarez has his attempt from inside the box stopped. Busquests again sprayed a ball to start a move, this time to Neymar. The Brazilian cuts it back to Suarez but the move is thwarted right there with a defensive stand.

18' Messi takes it but Navas is there at the near post to keep the effort out.

17' Free kick coming up for Barcelona in a dangerous area.

16' Ronaldo has a weak header hit straight at Ter Stegen, no trouble for the Barcelona goalkeeper.

15' Heavy challenge from Modric on Messi after the former wins the ball first -- the follow through is what brought the whistle out.

13' Isco is shown the match's first yellow card after hauling down Neymar who could have had space to run if he was not dragged down.

12' Suarez bursts through the Real Madrid back line, blasts the ball well over the cross bar, but is offside.

11' Now Real Madrid have a corner after Marcelo's cross was blocked.

10' So close for Barcelona! Lovely build up in and around the penalty box, but only win a corner which Real Madrid clear away.

7' Messi's header from outside the box goes well wide of the target and hit rather weakly from that distance away.

6' Play starting to slow ever so slightly now. When Barcelona are on the ball, they want to build it up slowly.

3' Mascherano muscles Vazquez off the ball in the box, the latter falls down, the ref waves play on.

2' Messi goes down fairly hard from a challenge on Ramos, no call. Then Modric and Ronaldo clash together and play is halted for a second. Flying start to the match. 

1' We are underway at the Camp Nou with Real Madrid starting with the ball.

Meanwhile, Zidane makes a few changes to his starting XI, mostly on the defensive side of the ball though. Raphael Varane is fit enough to get a starting role while Dani Carvajal slots in on the right. Then, up front, Isco takes over for James Rodriguez in the central slot.

So then it's official, Andres Iniesta will not be in the Barcelona starting XI. Instead, Gomes retains his place to at least start the match. You'd have to assume at some point though that Iniesta will make his presence felt. 

Barcelona starting XI: Ter StegenRoberto, PiqueMascherano, Alba, RackiticBusquetsGomesNeymarSuarezMessi

Real Madrid starting XI: Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Kovacic, Modric, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema, Lucas Vazquez 

We are less than an hour away from the kick off and both sides have released their starting XI's!

Real Madrid are going to be without one of their biggest playmakers this evening as the Welsh superstar, Gareth Bale, is still sidelined with an ankle injury. Lucas Vazquez, in turn, has taken over Bale’s spot in the starting XI. While Vazquez is not as prolific in the final third of the pitch, he gets the job done just fine. Vazquez has a bit of pace to him, is a good crosser of the ball, and can beat outside backs one on one.

To no one’s real surprise, their leading goal scorer is the 31-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese international has already broken through the double-digit barrier mark by finding the back of the net 10 times in 10 matches played in the Primera Division. But Real Madrid are getting goals from a multitude of different footballers. Gareth Bale is next with five, followed closely by Karem Benzema who sits on four goals for the season.

Look through Real Madrid’s fixture list, in the Champions League and Copa Del Rey too, and you will notice something eye-catching. They have scored in every match played during the 2016/17 season. In La Liga alone, Real have scored an astounding 36 times in 13 games.

On the other side, Los Blancos, have been flying through all competitions in recent weeks, having not dropped points in their last five matches overall. Throughout this campaign to date, Zinedine Zidane’s men have not yet tasted defeat. This streak included a lopsided victory over city rivals, Atletico, winning 3-0 thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat trick.  

Andres Iniesta, Barcelona’s architect in the midfield, had been out for a while, but was cleared to play as of late this week. The question now becomes: how much will Iniesta play? Will Enrique risk putting is playmaker out for the full 90 minutes? Or will he use him as a late sub when Real Madrid’s defenders are starting to tire? That will be one of the biggest question marks, tactically speaking, for Barcelona today.

Something has to click for Luis Enrique’s Barcelona side and it has to happen soon. If they lose three points again, which is more than likely considering the way Real Madrid are playing at the moment, it could take some time for Barcelona to make those points up.

While Barcelona have usually played up to their potential this season, they already have two losses, which equals the point differential between them and Real. In their most recent match, against a surprising Real Sociedad game, Barcelona were lucky to come away with a point on the road. Sociedad out played them in every facet as they pressed high up the pitch and peppered Marc Andre Ter Stegen’s goal throughout the 90 minutes too.

Barcelona find themselves in a peculiar position heading into their first clash with Real Madrid. They sit six points adrift and need to get maximum points out of the encounter if they want to get firmly back into the title race.

Hello, my name is Kyle Sennikoff and welcome to VAVEL UK’s live coverage of La Liga. It’s the big one in Spain today. Real Madrid play Barcelona in the first edition of El Clasico this campaign. This match will be played at the Camp Nou and kickoff is scheduled for 15:15 GMT.

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