In another rendition of El Clasico, the two teams haven’t disappointed. A physical start to the game saw Real Madrid breaking through in the game’s 28th minute. It got on the scoreboard first in the game with a rebound-goal off of the post. But it didn’t take long for Barcelona’s high-powered offense — with Neymar absent — to counter. Just five minutes, in fact.
Lionel Messi, who was the victim of an elbow to the face in the 21st minute of play, returned the favor by making a break into the box, receiving a touch pass and scoring to tie the game at 1-1 in the 33rd minute.
First-half statistics showed quite an even match, and the second half figures to be another thriller.
Here’s a few of the highlights from the first half of action:
Tensions Between the Rivals Could Be Felt Before the Game Even Started
Messi Was Elbowed In the Face, Causing Him to Bleed
Real Madrid’s Casemiro Scored His First El Clasico Goal Off of a Rebound In the 28th Minute
Messi Returned With a Towel In His Mouth to Tie the Game, 1-1