Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid: As it happened

Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid: As it happened
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21:25 - Thank you for joining me for VAVEL's coverage of this El Clasico. You can find me on Twitter @Danialkennedy95 and until next time have a great evening ! 

21:24 - Madrid's first win against a top four side this season still sees them a point behind Atletico Madrid and cut the gap between the two bitter rivals to just seven going into the last leg of the season 

21:22 - It wasnt a first half to remember but it burst into life as Gerard Pique giving the home side the lead before Karim Benzema equalised in style. Ramos' 21st dismissal didnt stop Madrid moving forward as Ronaldo fired home the winner 

21:21 - What a 45 minutes as Madrid end Barcelona's unbeaten record ! 

FT - Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid 

91' - Turan saw his name in lights but the effort is blocked 

90' - Two minutes added time for Barcelona to maintain their unbetaen record 

89' - Sub for Madrid with Bale coming off for Vazquez 

85' - MADRID TAKE THE LEAD despite been down to ten men Madrid have seemingly ended Barca's unbeaten record ! Ball in from Bale is take down on the chest by Ronaldo and calmly slots it in at the near post. 2-1 MADRID 

85' - GOAL Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid 

83' RED CARD no suprise as Ramos is sent off for a ridiculous tackle on Suarez and is given his marching orders big blow as Madrid look for a winner 

82' - Madrid on the attack, Ronaldo clips the top of the bar and then Bale puts it under Bravo but the shot isnt strong enough to find the net 

81' - Ronaldo puts a ball in to the far post which finds the head of Bale who powers it home but as he celebrates the flag goes up for what seems a foul. Controversial desicion 

80' - GOAL DISALLOWED 

79' - Suarez tries it from a seemingly impossible angle as he hits the shot with the outisde of his boot and it wasnt far off but couldnt find the net. Remains 1-1 with l

77' - Game has died down since the equaliser and it looks to be heading for a draw as Jese comes on for goalscorer Benzema 

73' - First sub of the evening as Rakitic comes off in place of Turan, the Turk has 16 minutes to make a difference 

68' - Bale looks to place his shot from distance but it is straight into the arms of Bravo 

67' - Ball over the top nearly finds Suarez but Pepe acrobatically gets it clear 

62' - MADRID EQUALISE IN STYLE Marcelo played it out to Kroos whose cross takes a deflection but it is perfect fro Benzema who does excellently with the bicycle kick which gave Bravo no chance from that distance 1-1 

62' - GOAL Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid 

58' - Another yellow as Rakitic picks up a card 

55' - It has been coming as Barca take the lead ! Corner comes in and Gerard Pique gets away from Pepe and hits his header into the ground and it bounces past Navas who was rooted to the spot 1-0 ! 

55' - GOAL Barcelona 1-0 Real Madrid 

54' - Messi nearly had his 500th professional goal in style as he looked to chip Navas but the keeper did well with the single-handed save to tip it around the post

52' - Great ball by Messi but ctahces Suarez unaware as Navas comes flying off his line to claim 

50' - Marcelo tries to get a shot away on goal but it cannons off the Barcelona defender 

48' - Another Messi free-kick goes well over. Still 0-0 

46'- Ramos brings down Suarez but second booking for the Madrid skipper very lucky to not be dismissed 

45' - Back Underway at the Nou Camp with Madrid kicking off  

20:20 - Hasnt been a classic so far with the best chances falling to Suarez and Rakitic but that aside it has been a cagey affair. Second-hald coverage to follow shortly 

45' - Just one minute added time 

44' - Casermiro's header from the corner falls for Ramos who looks for the spectacular but instead finds the body of Rakitic 

43' - Been 38 matches in all competitions since the last goalless draw between these two but with two minutes left of the half it could be heading that way 

42'- Straight up the other end as Benzema is left free in the area but the swivel shot is wasted as he puts it over the bar 

41'- cross floats over everyone but falls well for Alves coming in on with speed but his first-time effort is well over the bar

40' - Five minutes left of what has been a average 45 minutes so far but the important stat is the 0-0 scoreline 

30' - Ronaldo hits an attempt on goal but similar to Messi's it is over the crossbar. Still remains 0-0 with 15 minutes to play 

28'- Barcelona's first caution as Mascherano is booked for the foul on Bale 

24' - Ronaldo cuts in from the left but his solo effort was beaten away, comes back to Bale but his shot on the angle was well over the crossbar 

24' - Calls for a penalty as Messi is prevented gliding through the Madrid defence by the tackle of Ramos but the crowd protests dont move the referee 

23' - Bale trys the long throw but Bravo catches with relative ease 

21'- Madrid havent really got into the game as they look for their first victory over a top four club this season. Still 0-0 

19' - SAVE Rakitic recieves the ball from Pepe's attempted clearancve but the curling effort is beaten away by Navas. Best chance so far but remains 0-0 

18' - Messi came very close to his 500th career goal but it just whistles over the crossbar 

17' - Carvajal is the second Madrid player to be booked as he brings down Iniesta just outside the area could be a decent opportunity..... 

16' - Neymar asses his options as he chooses to play it Iniesta who hits the shot first time but the effort is blocked 

14' - The 14th minute has arrived and the Nou Cmap has risen in the memory of Cryuff, Barca will be hoping that they can do the Dutchman proud with a win 

9' - First big opportunity as a long ball comes into Neymar who tees it up fro Suarez but the ball passes him by and Ramos was booked in and amongst the madness. Still 0-0 

8' - The returning Iniesta looked to thread it through for Suarez but Navas comes flying across to collect 

6' - Another foul as Dani Alves knocks over Cristiano Ronaldo 

5' - Barcelona try the spectacular but it is eventually cleared 

3' - Sheltered start to proceedings as Rakitic is brought down by Casemiro 

The touching tribute to Cryuff 

2' - Busquets lets himself known as he and Pepe clash but both look to be fine 

1' - And we are underway! 

19:30 - Before the kick-off here at the Nou Camp a minute silence will be held in honour of Cryuff who changed the club in more ways than one 

19:27 - The players are walking onto a pitch to a mosaic tribute to the late, great Johan Cryuff 

19:21 - Little under ten minutes until kick-off at the Nou Camp and the atmosphere is beginning to build in Catalonia 

19:13 - A claf injury has left Zinedine Zidane without defedner Raphael Varane but Pepe and Sergio Ramos come in after missing the 4-0 romp of Sevilla a fortnight ago 

19:11 - Enrique has made one change from the 2-2 draw with Villareral before the international break with Andres Iniesta making a return to the side in place of Arda Turan 

19:08 - Little under 25 minutes until what is expected to be an emotional El Clasico as it Barcelona's first match since the tragic death of club pioneer Johan Cryuff 

18:50 - The pressure on Luis Enrique's men was turned up slightly by upcoming midweek opponents Atletico Madrid with their 5-1 victory Real Betis decreasing the point gap to six but can return to the nine-point cushion with a win tonight 

18:39 - Real Madrid starting XI: Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema.

18:38 - Barcelona starting XI: Bravo, Dani Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Messi, Suárez , Neymar 

18:32 - Team news to follow shortly 

18:31 - It is set up to be another classic between these two which it always seems to be when they clash as Barcelona look to end Madrid's title chances by picking up the three points today 

18:30 - Hi everyone I am Danial Kennedy and welcome to VAVEL's live text commentaty of tonight's El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid 

Their previous meeting was one to remember as goals from Suarez, Neymar and Iniesta gave them the 4-0 win in Madrid’s backyard and was one of the final nails in Rafael Benitez’s coffin.

The form and statistics stand in the favour of the home side, as they have four wins in their last six meetings in all competitions against the Galaticos and will be looking to make it five in seven on Saturday.

Barcelona celebrate in their 4-0 win over Real Madrid | Photo: Getty Images
Barcelona celebrate in their 4-0 win over Real Madrid | Photo: Getty Images

Sergio Ramos is expected to start despite pulling out of the Spain squad with a back problem. Benzema and Bale, who trained in Spain during the international break, are expected to be included alongside Ronaldo.

The big decision from Zidane is the expected start of Casemiro ahead of Isco and James Rodriguez, who have failed to impress under the Frenchman.

Andreas Iniesta is expected to start after not featuring for Spain during the international week after a muscular problem but Enrique will have to assess the fitness of Luis Suarez, Neymar, Lionel Messi and Dani Alves who all travelled back from South America.

A big blow for the home side could be the potential loss of Jeremy Mathieu for the remainder of the season as he suffered a serious knee injury while on international duty with France, but Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano are once again fit to feature.

Like their opponents they are on a hot streak with four consecutive victories, defeating Levante, Celta Vigo and Las Palmas, before goals from Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Jese Rodriguez gave them a convincing 4-0 win over Sevilla last time out.

A win over Wolfsburg in the week would send them on the right path for their 11th European title, which will go far to help heal the wounds of their league failures this season with their last domestic triumph coming back in the 2007-08 season. Madrid fans will want to finish above their bitter rivals Atletico and with just one place and one point separating them, it is a realistic opportunity.

Madrid have increasingly improved since the arrival of Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu hot seat but it seems that the only realistic saving grace in their season will be the Champions League.

Real Madrid celebrate. | Source: Getty Images
Real Madrid celebrate. | Source: Getty Images

It could prove to be a huge few days for the Catalan giants with Atletico Madrid midweek in the Champions League quarter-finals. They will be looking to start off the tough run with a win.

Enrique’s side still remain on an astounding unbeaten run which was extended to 39 the last time out in what would be disappointing circumstances, after Ivan Rakitic and Neymar had given them a 2-0 lead over Villarreal. However a goal from Cedric Bakambu and strike into his own net by Jeremy Mathieu’s shared the spoils.

They look well on course to do so and in style, with the coveted treble still a very realistic opportunity as they currently stand 10 points clear of their Madrid rivals. With eight games remaining ahead of this clash, three points could all but end Madrid’s title chances.

Luis Enrique’s side look well on course for yet another La Liga crown and are looking for a perfect tribute to club icon Johan Cryuff with the defeat of their bitter rivals.

The Nou Camp is set to be an emotional hot bed on Saturday night as Barcelona host bitter rivals Real Madrid in the 231st El Clasico.