Last Updated at 10:54 pm, December 10th 2011
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.
That's the end of the action for Iniesta as he makes way for Pedro.
Another change for Barca and Sanchez makes way for David Villa who has found himself down the pecking order of late.
Fabregas' work is done as he makes way for Keita
Ramos booked for awful foul on Messi. The Argentine had to jump to get out of the way of that lunge.
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.
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.
Booking for Pepe as he halts Messi's progress.
Diarra is into the book after hauling back Iniesta in full flow.
Change for Madrid as Kaka comes on for Ozil. Just another former world player of the year then...
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.
Booking for Pique who brings down Ronaldo 20 yards out.
More of your emails and Mark says: "Good game but hate to see the theatrics from Madrid. They are doing everything to get Messi sent off. This is why they are hated and Barca loved." Gaz adds: "Great game, sendings off to come for sure, I'm going Real 3-1, Ronaldo double."
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!
Thanks for all your messages. Not sure I'll get through them all. Will says: "Wow what a game so far. Real Madrid have decided to play football and it's paying off. I can see them snatching this game Can't wait for the second half." Chris adds: "Interesting game so far, Barca seem to have found their feet after that edgy start. I predict a 2-2 draw." while Paul remarks: "This is an incredible game and I can see we will have a sending off. Want Madrid to win with Ronaldo getting 2 goals in the second half."
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
Messi is booked for arguing about Pepe's foul on Sanchez. Unnecessary caution for the Argentine.
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.
Alonso is joined in the book by Sanchez who is also carded.
Alonso finds his way into the book for another foul on Messi. Hard to argue with that one really.
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.
Kick-off just moments away. Last couple of your pre-match predictions and many of you are leaning towards a Madrid win including Brett and Raj.
Marcus is shocked by Barca's decision to leave Villa on the bench and says: "I think Madrid could win this quite comfortably. They have been the best in the league upto now and Barca have looked like slipping up. Also No Villa in the biggest game of the season? I think we could be seeing him in the premier league quite soon. 3-1 Madrid Win."
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.
Not had many predicting a draw but Terry thinks it'll finish 1-1. Kevin expects a busy night for the officials with a couple of red cards likely to be dished out.
More predictions. Conor and Eddie fancy Madrid to come out on top but Jordan - who will be following through the Score Centre so thanks mate - thinks Barca will prevail thanks to Messi.
Please keep your pre-match predictions coming into me email@example.com. Mihir goes for a 2-1 home win while Andrew thinks the visitors will come out on top. Ashton on the other hand can't see beyond a home win and thinks Madrid will run out 3-1 victors.
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.
More predictions and Cian says: "I am a huge Barcelona fan and this La Liga table is looking tight. If Barcelona win tonight they go top. It is a super tough game here as always. I'll go for a 2-3 win for Barcelona."
Lucky old Mark says: "Just happen to be in Barcelona this weekend the bar I'm in are running a sweep stake so if it's 3:3 I'll be very happy :)" I'll keep my fingers crossed for you Mark - and enjoy Las Ramblas!
A couple more predictions for you. Both Dan and Oludare feel the hosts will come out on top and are expecting a big night from Cristiano Ronaldo.
Dion has also had his say and adds: "Real Madrid 1-1 Barcelona with Benzema scoring for Real Madrid and Messi for Barca."
Thanks for your predictions so far. Matt says: "As great as Madrid are, they seem to crumble in the big games and I can see Barca taking this 2-0 with a goal in each half." while Peter adds: "Real to win but the ref needs to be good - to stop Barca cheating."
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