Barcelona Vs Real Madrid – Live!
Sun, 22 Apr 2012 5:32a.m.
By Greg Robertson
Barcelona V Real Madrid, April 2012: Video, highlights, as-it-happens commentary… Hello and Welcome to La Liga and Camp Nou for El Clásico, with Barcelona Los Blancos hosting Real Madrid.
Barcelona will be wanting a great performance in front of their home crowd to show form and give hope for the future, with a Leg 2 Champions League encounter on the horizon – one they trail in 1-0 to Chelsea. A performance here by Lionel Messi and the rest of the team will settle plenty of nerves… just a little. Real Madrid are in exactly the same boat. A classic encounter? More than ever!
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LIVE COMMENTARY… FINAL SCORE Barcelona 1 – 2 Real Madrid
Real Madrid: Casillas, Coentrao, Ramos, Pepe, Arbeloa, Khedira, Alonso, Ronaldo, Ozil, Di Maria, Benzema.
Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Mascherano, Puyol, Adriano, Xavi, Busquets, Thiago, Tello, Messi, Iniesta.
Kick off is not far away so in the meantime watch an earlier El Clásico this year in the Copa del Rey – a 2-all Leg 2 draw.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Victor Valdes(gk), Carles Puyol, Girard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Dani Alves, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Lionel Messi, Pedro Rodriguez
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Iker Casillas (gk) Marcelo, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Arbeloa, Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Özil, Angel Di Maria, Karim Benzema
Barcelona are seeking to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat at Chelsea in the Champions League with victory in El Clásico.
Four points behind Real Madrid in the Spanish title race with five games to go, the Catalan club will entertain Real Madrid at Camp Nou.
The sides have met five times already this season - twice in the Super Cup and twice in the Copa del Rey (Kings Cup), along with one league meeting - and Barcelona have yet to be beaten.
In La Liga on December 10th, Barca won 3-1 at the Bernabeu.
Then in January, Pep Guardiola's men won 2-1 on away soil in the quarter-finals of the Kings Cup, before a 2-2 draw in the second leg took them through.
Madrid are also coming off a loss, as Bayern Munich's 2-1 success gave the German outfit the upper hand in their Champions League semi-final.
But "Los Merengues" have recorded four victories and a draw in their last five league games, scoring 17 goals in the process, giving them plenty of encouragement going into this headline European fixture.
"The analysis is simple. Our only option is to win. If not, there will be another champion this year and we will prepare for next season the way we have done in the last four years. Especially like this year because not long ago we were very much ahead as the leader. And now we are only four points behind them partly because they (Real Madrid) have stumbled a few times when they didn't expect to, and also because we haven't failed lately. So, having been so far behind them and now being so close, it is a luxury,” says Guardiola.
"Fortunately in this game the key players are the ones on the pitch. And evidently what Cristiano Ronaldo (Real forward) and (Lionel) Messi (Barcelona playmaker) have done this year is really outstanding. So we (the coaches) have an influence on our teams, but in the end the players are the ones that decide what goes on. As for the secret of our victories (recently over Real), it is difficult to tell. Basically, I am part of a very strong club that has a very particular idea about sport that, as I have said many times before, it is impossible to betray.
“We must try to find some details to take more control of the game, to imagine in that way you will be better, you will have more chances to create opportunities, to score goals. I think we (both teams) know each other very well. And tomorrow we are going to try to play with the same philosophy. Now is not the time to change many things.
"We are not here to chose (between Spanish League and Champions League) - we play tomorrow and we try to win. The same is true for Tuesday (against Chelsea). And I hope tomorrow we will have a beautiful and intense game and that the best team wins."
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26/05/2012 8:42:20 a.m.
real madrid rocks hard
24/04/2012 8:40:32 p.m.
Cristiano Ronaldo = GOD<3
24/04/2012 11:15:28 a.m.
Messi is a gr8 player wonderfull 2 watch,bt C.R is a machine.Well Done Madrid,now do that 2 Beyen Munich
23/04/2012 10:59:41 p.m.
Bashiru Abdullahi wrote:
Bercerlona should be very carefull for their tomorrows match with chelsea otherwise it will be bad for them
23/04/2012 10:16:57 p.m.
Akliu Araya wrote:
23/04/2012 6:57:11 p.m.
he is the best ronaldo you are the man,they might not like you but they cant stand the fact that you are the best
23/04/2012 6:38:44 p.m.
KAHARIZO COLLINS wrote:
C Ronaldo IS Proving to agood player;but Messi is in own class.
23/04/2012 3:32:25 p.m.
Dipsun kunwar wrote:
c.ronaldo is the best and always will be.....noone can compare with him.....
23/04/2012 1:08:38 a.m.
firoj ehosan wrote:
again c.ronaldo prove that he is best...add also morinho is again display his best game plan to win the match
22/04/2012 11:23:32 p.m.
zakir zaman wrote:
real madrid rock star C.R 7
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