Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: La Liga Live Blog, Highlights, Recap
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Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid (full time)
Barcelona: Victor Valdes; Dani Alves (Martin Montoya 28'), Javier Mascherano, Adriano, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Xavi (capt.), Andres Iniesta; Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas (Alexis Sanchez 64'), Pedro.
Real Madrid: Iker Casillas (capt.); Alvaro Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Sami Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Mesut Özil (Kaka 80'); Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel Di María (Michael Essien 88'), Karim Benzema (Gonzalo Higuain 62')
GOALS: Ronaldo (RM) 23', 66'; Messi (BAR) 31', 61'
FULL TIME: 2-2
So it's a classic El Clasico, with both superstars scoring twice.
Barcelona's makeshift defense held up as well as could be expected, and both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo conjured the unbelievable.
This was the kind of game that reminds us why we love football.
There's the final whistle! What a match!
Michael Essien loses the ball and Barca counter quickly. Pedro dribbles at two defenders and shoots wide of the post!
What a chance!
Pedro shoots, and the ball is deflected out for another Barca corner.
Xavi bends the free kick high, but it's out for a corner.
Three minutes of stoppage time.
Real's Alvaro Arbeloa receives a yellow card for a foul on Messi.
89'—OFF THE BAR!
Martin Montoya hits the bar after a great combination by Barca! Barcelona so close!
88'—REAL MADRID SUB
Xabi Alonso fouls Alexis hard in the center circle. Could have been a second yellow, but the ref keeps the cards in his pocket.
Michael Essien replaces Angel Di Maria for Real.
85'—BAR 2, RM 2
Xabi Alonso lifts the free kick over Barca's defense. Gonzalo Higuain is at the back post, but he can't turn the ball on net.
Five minutes and stoppage time left…
84'—BAR 2, RM 2
Ronaldo wins a free kick on the left. We hadn't seen much from him the last few minutes.
Can he conjure another moment of brilliance?
83'—BAR 2, RM 2
Messi dribbles hard at the Real Madrid defense and slips a pass through to Alexis Sanchez, who is marginally offside.
80'—REAL MADRID SUB
Kaka replaces Mesut "Avatar Eyes" Ozil.
Real Madrid's Pepe goes into the book. Can't believe it took this long.
76'—BAR 2, RM 2
Messi shoots this one over the bar. Real Madrid can breathe again.
We're heading for a crazy finish. Can you feel it?
76'—BAR 2, RM 2
Here's another free kick chance for Barcelona just outside the Real Madrid box.
Can Messi score again?
Lionel Messi lays off for Andres Iniesta in the box. Iniesta crosses/shoots toward the back post, and Marcelo clears.
Breathtaking action at Camp Nou!
72'—BAR 2, RM 2
Less than 20 minutes left, and both superstars have scored twice. What will happen next?
You can bet it will be amazing.
Lionel Messi curls a shot just high and wide of the far post. That was close.
Moments ago, Ronaldo hurt himself a bit after falling in the box. He looks a bit shaken up.
This is the most Messi-Ronaldo Clasico yet— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) October 7, 2012
GOAL RONALDO!!!! He says, "You score Messi, I'll score too." Crazy game 2-2 now. The best on the planet turning this game into their battle— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) October 7, 2012
Ronaldo 2, Messi 2. Not sure why some think Messi-Ronaldo rivalry isn't as big as it could be. This is sports at its best.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) October 7, 2012
MORE ON THE GOAL
Mesut Ozil plays the final pass, Ronaldo accelerates past a defender and finishes coolly.
There you go! Ronaldo equalizes!
65'—BAR 2, RM 1
Corner for Real Madrid. It flies to Cristiano Ronaldo, who tries an overhead kick but whiffs completely.
Not his finest moment, but Ronaldo has plenty of time to show some more brilliance.
Alexis Sanchez replaces Cesc Fabregas. Barca going for it here, even with the lead…
MORE ON THE GOAL
Messi curls the ball with his left foot, and it flies between a couple Real players in the wall.
The shot spins away from Iker Casillas and into the net. Great strike.
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