That is how the game of football was meant to be played.
Real Madrid and Barcelona attacked relentlessly in Wednesday night's clash at the Bernabeu, leaving us barely a moment to breathe as the events unfolded with blistering pace and intensity.
The match may have ended with just a goal apiece, but it was filled with chances, drama and best of all, the highest quality football these two teams have to offer.
Madrid came out the more aggressive side, applying incessant pressure high up the pitch and forcing Barcelona into mistakes from the first minute onward. Though they were incisive in attack and sharp with their passing, they couldn't find a finishing touch to match.
Barcelona—frustrated and unsettled in possession for long stretches—nevertheless responded with their own spells of irresistible attacking play.
Either side could have finished the first leg with several goals, and both will feel unlucky not to come away the winner.
Let's look at the highs and lows from this unforgettable match.