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Spanish Primera BBVA

Santiago Bernabeu (ATT 79,900) 10th December 2011 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: D Fernandez Borbalan

R Madrid Real Madrid vs Barcelona Barcelona

R Madrid 1

K Benzema (1)

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Barcelona 3

A Sanchez (30)
Xavi (53)
C Fabregas (66)

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Last Updated at 10:54 pm, December 10th 2011

  1. ALL OVER. Huge result for Barcelona but what a disappointing night for Madrid. They made the dream start and should have built on it but allowed the visitors to come back at them and clinch the points. It's game on in La Liga now. Thanks for joining me and check back soon for reports and reaction.

  2. 90+2

    Free-kick for Madrid and there's a set-to in the Barca area as the clock ticks down. Ronaldo lines up the dead-ball but again he hammers it into the wall. Sums up the Portuguese star's night.

  3. 90+2

    The Bernabeu is emptying now after a famous win for Barcelona. What a frustrating night for the hosts.

  4. 90

    Just a game of keepball now for the visitors. Little noise in the stadium save for the 500 travelling fans from Catalonia.

  5. 89

    That's the end of the action for Iniesta as he makes way for Pedro.

  6. 88

    Another great run into the home box by Iniesta. He tries to pull it back for Alves but Pepe denies him.

  7. 86

    What a scramble in the Madrid box after an awful howler by Pepe. Iniesta drives his shot at Casillas and then pounces on the rebound but somehow it ends up in the arms of the home skipper.

  8. 84

    Great save by Valdes to deny Kaka. The keeper did just enough to turn the Brazilian's effort away for a corner.

  9. 83

    Another change for Barca and Sanchez makes way for David Villa who has found himself down the pecking order of late.

  10. 81

    Madrid are still hammering on the door looking for a way back but it looks like the two sides are going to finish the evening joint top of La Liga.

  11. 78

    Fabregas' work is done as he makes way for Keita

  12. 75

    Benzema goes close with a whipped in shot which just evades Higuain.

  13. 74

    Free header for Xavi after another great run and cross by Alves but the midfielder puts it just wide.

  14. 70

    Ronaldo runs at the Barca defence to try and make up for his miss earlier but he can't release Benzema.

  15. 69

    Ramos booked for awful foul on Messi. The Argentine had to jump to get out of the way of that lunge.

  16. 66

    Goal Barca. And that's got to be game over. Superb move sees Alves swing over a right-footed cross and Fabregas is there to score with a diving header. Brilliant counter-attack by the visitors.

  17. 64

    What a miss by Ronaldo. On a plate for him by Alonso but he heads it wide from just six yards out. The former Manchester United man is having a shocker tonight.

  18. 63

    Another change for Madrid as Diarra makes way for Khedira. The former Portsmouth midfielder had just been booked so can't afford another moment of indiscretion.

  19. 62

    Booking for Pepe as he halts Messi's progress.

  20. 62

    Top save from Casillas to deny Sanchez from an acute angle.

  21. 61

    Diarra is into the book after hauling back Iniesta in full flow.

  22. 60

    Messi runs at Marcelo but the Brazilian stands firm to deny him

  23. 58

    Change for Madrid as Kaka comes on for Ozil. Just another former world player of the year then...

  24. 57

    Ronaldo tries to put di Maria through but Abidal reads the danger.

  25. 56

    Good play from Benzema to force a corner. Alonso swings the ball in but the visitors are able to clear.

  26. 55

    The Bernabeu is shell-shocked after that Barca goal. There's activity on the Madrid bench as Jose Mourinho prepares a response.

  27. 53

    BARCA AHEAD: A freak goal for Xavi as it deflects off Marcelo and beyond the desperate reach of Casillas. The ball just span back and went in off the post.

  28. 52

    What a tackle by Coentrao to deny Fabregas.

  29. 51

    Awful ball by Pique. Barca just have not been on their A game tonight.

  30. 50

    Another foul, this time on Pepe, gives Ronaldo another dead ball chance. He hits the target as it bounces in front of Valdes but the Barca keeper hangs on well.

  31. 49

    Ronaldo lines up the free-kick but drives it straight into the Barcelona defensive wall.

  32. 48

    Booking for Pique who brings down Ronaldo 20 yards out.

  33. 46

    We're back underway. No changes at half-time.

  34. Update from Sky Bet and they now make Barcelona favourites at 7/4 with Madrid drifting to 2/1.The draw's available at 6/4. Don't want to crow but I get on the 7/1 offered for Benzema to net the first goal. Happy days!

  35. 45

    What a great first half that was. Great start for Madrid but Barca have come right into things. Join me in 15 minutes for more breathless action

  36. 44

    Messi could easily have been sent-off there for that challenge on Alonso. The ref thought about producing a second yellow but then changed his mind. Big call that one.

  37. 43

    I'm looking forward to receiving your comments about the first half via email to chris.harvey@bskyb.com. I'll try to publish as many as I can.

  38. 41

    Sanchez is walking a tightrope here considering he's already in the book. He's protesting heavily at every challenge.

  39. 38

    Madrid seem content to play it long and look to hit Barca at pace. They need to be more accurate for that tactic to pay off though.

  40. 36

    Messi is booked for arguing about Pepe's foul on Sanchez. Unnecessary caution for the Argentine.

  41. 36

    Now Sanchez is rolling around after being clipped by Pepe. Didn't know AK47s were allowed into the stadium. Get on with the game please.

  42. 34

    Naughty challenge by Alves on Alonso. He left his foot in there and is very lucky to escape a yellow card.

  43. 32

    Barca now right back in it in every sense. The Bernabeu crowd has been silenced and the visitors are beginning to play the game their way.

  44. 30

    EQUALISER FOR BARCA: Sanchez scores for the visitors after a great through ball from Messi. The Chilean had plenty to do but his strike was beyond the reach of Casillas. Game on here.

  45. 28

    Dani Alves is rolling around like he's been felled by Mike Tyson after a clash with Marcelo. Nothing in that for me though. Let's get on with this thrilling game.

  46. 27

    Alonso is joined in the book by Sanchez who is also carded.

  47. 26

    Alonso finds his way into the book for another foul on Messi. Hard to argue with that one really.

  48. 25

    Great chance for Ronaldo but he slices it horribly. That should have been 2-0 - and a pass to di Maria who was in the clear would have made certain of it.

  49. 24

    It's clearly a tactical ploy from Mourinho to pressure Valdes and threaten his distribution. The Barca keeper looks shocking with the ball at his feet.

  50. 22

    Diarra fells Fabregas on the edge of the Madrid area. Xavi and Messi stand over the free-kick and the former's shot is beaten away by Casillas.

  51. 21

    Iniesta tries to release Alexis with a neat through ball but Pepe is on hand to snuff out the danger.

  52. 20

    No sooner do I write that than Ronaldo runs at the Barcelona defence and lets fly from 20 yards but his effort is beaten away by an uncertain Valdes.

  53. 18

    Ronaldo struggling to get into the game so far - the only downside for the home team.

  54. 16

    Good news for the home side as di Maria prepares to return to the fray.

  55. 14

    Di Maria goes down injured after twisting in the Barca box and looks in some discomfort.

  56. 13

    Another awful clearance by Valdes and Alonso tries to punish him from long range but he's off target.

  57. 12

    Madrid's high line pays off as Fabregas runs in behind the home defence but is caught offside.

  58. 10

    Good cross by di Maria which is met powerfully by Benzema but Valdes gets down well to save at his near post.

  59. 9

    Ozil tries to turn Abidal but the Barca defender is having none of it.

  60. 7

    Alexis is waving an imaginary card at Coentrao after a hefty challenge out wide but the referee keeps his cards in his pocket. I hate to see players doing that - but it was a hefty challenge.

  61. 6

    Mistake by Ramos and Messi is in on goal but Casillas pulls off an outstanding save with his right hand to deny the Argentine. What an opening to this contest. It's not disappointed so far.

  62. 5

    Alonso goes for a long cross-field ball to Ozil but he can't find his target.

  63. 3

    Barca are rocking and Madrid are pressing them all over the pitch. Valdes receives another back pass and gets rid of it hurredly. I'm struggling to get my breath back after that dramatic opener.

  64. 1

    INCREDIBLE START. Goal for Madrid in the first minute after a horrible mistake from Valdes. His pass is intercepted and Benzema is able to prod it home from inside the six-yard box. What drama.

  65. The teams are out and the rain looks like it's played havoc with Carlos Puyol's hair which has turned into a frizz-bomb - oh wait a minute...

  66. Rainy

    It's a pretty miserable night in the Spanish capital - but that should make for a slick surface and sets us up for a cracking Clasico. Just 15 minutes to kick-off now.

  67. Interesting move from Sky Bet pre-match. They've price-boosted Messi to be first goalscorer from 4/1 to 5/1. Think I'll have myself a bit of that.

  68. So no David Villa in Barca's starting line-up while Jose Mourinho seems ready to go on the attack with his selection.

  69. Teams

    News of the teams is coming through. Real Madrid Casilas, Lass, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Alonso, Khedira, Ozil, Di Maria, Benzema, Ronaldo. Barca Valdes; Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Fabregas, Alexis

  70. Our friends at Sky Bet make Madrid slight favourites tonight at 6/4 while the visitors are priced at 7/4. The draw is 12/5. You can follow updates via @skybet on Twitter.

  71. One or two fascinating facts from our friends at Opta. Lionel Messi has scored in his last five visits to the Bernabeu while Madrid have had six players sent off in the last seven Clasicos.

  72. Had the word from Andy May, my contact in the Bernabeu, that it could be a wet El Clasico with rain tumbling down in Madrid ahead of kick-off.

  73. Dan has been in touch and predicts: "I think a 3-2 win for Barcelona with Messi, Xavi and Villa scoring for Barcelona and Ronaldo scoring twice for Real Madrid." Can't say I agree Dan. I've got a sneaky feeling for Madrid this time out.

  74. Can't wait for this one to kick off. If you have any pre-match predictions then please email me - chris.harvey@bskyb.com

  75. Live updates will appear here...

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Table

Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 38 90
2 Barcelona 38 87
3 Real Madrid 38 87
4 Athletic Bilbao 38 70
5 Sevilla 38 63
6 Villarreal 38 59
7 Real Sociedad 38 59
8 Valencia 38 49
9 Celta Vigo 38 49
10 Levante 38 48
11 Malaga 38 45
12 Rayo Vallecano 38 43
13 Getafe 38 42
14 Espanyol 38 42
15 Granada 38 41
16 Elche 38 40
17 Almeria 38 40
18 Osasuna 38 39
19 Real Valladolid 38 36
20 Real Betis 38 25