Barcelona vs Real Madrid Highlights, El Clasico at Camp Nou: As it happened
El Clasico Highlights, Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Follow highlights from the El Clasico encounter between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Sunday.
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Highlights: Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Barcelona thrashed a beleaguered Real Madrid 5-1 at the Camp Nou on Sunday to go top of La Liga and pile the pressure on Real coach Julen Lopetegui. Without the injured Lionel Messi, Barca ran riot with Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal also scoring, as Ernesto Valverde’s men pulled seven points clear of ninth-placed Real in the table. The capital-city side have now failed to win their last five league games.
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It’s full time at Camp Nou as Barcelona rout Real Madrid 5-1! Luis Suarez was the star performer for the Catalans as he scored a brilliant hat-trick and he was given ample support by Arturo Vidal and Philippe Coutinho who scored one each. Marcelo was the only scorer for Real Madrid.
Vidal makes it 5-1
It is 5-1 for Barcelona and this time, the scorer is Arturo Vidal. It was a brilliant set up by Ousmanne Dembele who provided the perfect cross for the Chilean and he made no mistake from close range!
Hat-trick for Suarez
A brilliant through pass, dribbling past two defenders and a deft touch over the goalkeeper - Luis Suarez completes his hat-trick in style as Barcelona are running away with the game! This has been a true masterclass by the Catalans!
Suarez scores again
A pass from Sergi Roberto and Luis Suarez makes it 3-1! It was a brilliant header from the Uruguayan striker and this is almost game over for Real Madrid!
Real Madrid persistent
Marcelo has scored in three consecutive games for the first time in his Real Madrid career. However, they are still trailing in the encounter and Karim Benzema’s header went sailing over the goal!
End to end play
End to end stuff at Camp Nou as both teams came really close to scoring once again. While Luis Suarez’s acrobatic effort was denied by the crossbar, Isco had the chance to find the equaliser but Gerard Pique pulled off a last-minute tackle.
Resurgence for Madrid
Real Madrid are well and truly back into the game as they are showing intent in their search for the equaliser. Luka Modric came closest to find the goal but his well-placed shot came back after hitting the post!
Marcelo pulls one back
Real Madrid went for a three defender formation and the results are almost instantly apparent as Marcelo scores! It was a good cross by Gareth Bale and thanks to a lucky turn of events, the Brazilian was able to guide the ball to the back of the net.
Second half begins
The second half is underway and Lopetegui brings on Lucas Vasquez for Raphael Varane as Real Madrid seems to have shifted to a 3-4-3 formation. Will it work out for the Los Blancos?
It’s half-time at Camp Nou as Barcelona lead 2-0 against Real Madrid! Phillippe Coutinho handed Barca the lead while Luis Suarez made it 2-0 from the penalty spot. Fun fact: Suarez celebrated scoring the second with a tribute to his third child Lauti, who was born on Tuesday
Spineless Real Madrid
What an abysmal show by Real Madrid! The Los Blancos have just one shot on target and they have been quite below par in the match till now. Barcelona have enjoyed more than 60 percent of the possession and it will take something special from Madrid to script a comeback at Camp Nou.
Barcelona on cloud nine
Barcelona double lead
VAR makes its appearance at the El Clasico and it is a penalty for Barcelona. Luis Suarez made no mistake as the Catalans now have 2-0 lead against the struggling Real Madrid!
Support for Barcelona
More chances for Barcelona
It has been all Barcelona till now as they came close once again to scoring a goal. It was a bad mistake from Nacho who allow Arthur to get the ball in a dangerous area and his long range effort was scored acrobatically by Thibaus Courtois.
Phillipe Coutinho hands FC Barcelona the lead as they are 1-0 up against Real Madrid. It was a brilliant through pass from Jordi Alba that found Luis Suarez down the left side and it was his pass that allowed Coutinho to score his first goal of the season.
Atletico takes top spot
Atletico Madrid climbed to the top of La Liga with a comfortable 2-0 win at home to Real Sociedad on Saturday, easing the pain of their humbling 4-0 defeat at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in midweek.
A good start for both Real Madrid and Barcelona as both sides are looking for the early advantage. While Barcelona tried to play a lot of passes among themselves, Real Madrid’s focus seems to be on the final ball to unleash Karim Benzema.
Lopetegui under pressure
The teams are out in the middle and we are moments away from the start of the encounter. Julen Lopetegui heads into his first clasico against fierce rival Barcelona still believing he can succeed as Real Madrid coach. Speculation of his imminent firing has been rampant in Spain since Madrid went on a five-game winless streak that included its longest ever scoring drought.
Sad news for Leicester City
In other news, Leicester City’s charismatic Thai boss was feared dead Sunday after a helicopter belonging to the billionaire crashed and burst into flames in the football stadium car park moments after taking off from the club’s pitch.
Real Madrid stick to tested formula
Julen Lopetegui picked playmaker Isco in place of forward Marco Asensio in what is likely to be a four-man midfield, with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema up front. Spain international Isco has recently returned to action from a month out following an appendicitis.
Barca are set to line-up in a 4-3-3 formation with Rafinha on the right, Luis Suarez as central striker and record signing Philippe Coutinho on the left. Rafinha struck Barca’s first goal in their Champions League victory over Inter on Wednesday.
Barcelona’s Brazilian midfielder Rafinha was chosen in place of the injured Lionel Messi for Sunday’s ‘Clasico’ against arch- rivals Real Madrid, as coach Ernesto Valverde kept faith with the same players who beat Inter Milan 2-0.
A look at the line-ups
Hello and welcome
Welcome to the first El Clasico encounter of the season between Real Madrid and Barcelona. It will be the first Clasico without either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo since 2007. The strikers then included Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robinho for Madrid, Samuel Eto’o and Ronaldinho for Barcelona.