Barcelona — 0-1–1
Real Madrid — 0-1–1
Over 98,000 were in attendance to see the final Clasico of 2016, and they were treated to another match that was tense until the final seconds. Sergio Ramos slammed home a header in the 90th minute to force a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou, keeping Real Madrid’s lead in the table to six points.
After a scoreless first half, Barcelona opened the scoring when Suarez headed home a free kick from Neymar. Barcelona knifed through Madrid’s defense for several looks on goal, but
Neymar and Messi both missed close-range opportunities. Barcelona controlled possession for the majority of the second half, but were unable to capitalize on any chances.
Madrid survived until the dying moments, and made the most of their chances. Marcelo continued to pour in accurate crosses in the final minute, and Ronaldo and Ramos both came up short on chances in the last ten minutes. Ramos got a second opportunity in the 90th, slamming home a free kick from Modric.
Both teams will regroup from this emotional clash for midweek Champions League action. Barcelona will host Monchengladbach on Tuesday, while Madrid host Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday,
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Last-second drama for Madrid, as Carvajal heads the ball clear off the line with only seconds to play. Barcelona were inches away from the victory, but one hard-earned point will go to each team today.
Ramos gets a second chance from close range, and this time he blasts it past Ter Stegen for the late equalizer. Madrid are minutes away from snatching a point at Camp Nou.
Chance for Madrid!
Sergio Ramos always seems to show up with a late header, but this time his effort was just over the goal. Madrid working hard in the final minutes.
Iniesta loops a pass between two defenders for a streaking Messi, but his far post shot slides wide. Barcelona’s passing has been excellent tonight, and the missed chances are piling up for Messi and Neymar.
Late developments. Suarez gets a yellow card, then Benzema is subbed off. The second half has been all Barcelona with less than 15 minutes remaining, but there’s plenty of time for Madrid to respond.
Iniesta coming on for Rakitic.
Suarez opens the scoring!
Neymar bends a short free kick into the mix, and it’s a clinical finish for Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan heads it low and hard, past the diving Navas for the first goal.
Back at it. 45 more minutes.
Not much between these teams at the break, although both teams had legitiate penalty claims in the early minutes. It’s been a physical 45 minutes at Camp Nou, with both clubs coming very close to scoring. Madrid had more chances in the final 15 minutes, as they continued to hammer Barcelona’s right side. Ronaldo had two shots on goal in the final ten minutes, but was turned away both times.
Barcelona have been inches from breaking away a few times, only for a late Madrid block or deflection to stifle the movement.
Don’t expect this match to end 0-0. Goals are coming.
Ronaldo breaks free down the left wing, and blasts a near post shot at Ter Stegen. Ronaldo gets another chance seconds later, but that shot is also turned away. Madrid having more meaningful possession at the moment, especially down that left side with Marcelo and Ronaldo.
Ronaldo and Benzema are too close in the penalty area, and they collide instead of getting a chance on goal for Madrid. Madrid gaining steam before halftime.
One for each team now.
No goals yet, but play definitely favoring Barcelona at the moment. Madrid has had some success down the left wing, but Barcelona have looked more dangerous in possession overall.
First card of the game, as Isco is shown a yellow for a professional tackle on the speedy Neymar.
Barcelona threaten, but a slip from Neymar slows the attack. He’s still able to loft the ball to Roberto, who whipped the ball into the defense and had a legitimate handball claim. Chances at both ends, and appeals for penalties at both ends here in the opening minutes.
We are underway!
The teams pause together for a moment of silence dedicated to Chapecoense.
No Iniesta in the starting lineup for Barcelona. Messi is the Barca captain for the first time against Real Madrid, and Iniesta is on the bench as a substitute. No surprises from Zidane, with the exception of possibly leaving Casemiro on the bench in favor of Kovacic.
Here we go again.
It’s the 232nd competitive meeting between Barcelona and Real Madrid, uniting soccer fans from all over the globe with a viewing audience of over 400 million. Messi and Ronaldo have had their bumps this year, but both are fit for what is still an important fixture in the Spanish title race.
When these teams met last year, Barcelona were on an unbeaten run and on their way to the La Liga crown. Even when Madrid defeated them 2-1 at Camp Nou, the Catalans were already well ahead in the table.
In their final meeting of 2016, the roles have been reversed. Real Madrid enter Saturday’s derby unbeaten in 21 straight matches across all competitions, and holding a six point lead over Barcelona in the table.
Barca have struggled in recent weeks, but should get a lift when Andres Iniesta returns for this match. Iniesta has spent the last five weeks sidelined with a knee injury, and Barcelona took just five points out of a possible nine in November’s league action.
The big name absent from this match will be Gareth Bale. The Wales star had successful ankle surgery last week, and his recovery time has been estimated at three months.
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