Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: Lionel Messi Converts Penalty, Gives Barca 1-0 Lead
Lionel Messi converted from the spot to give Barcelona a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute of their tilt with Real Madrid.
Messi calmly beat Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas with a rocket shot after coolly jogging up to take the kick.
Barcelona were awarded a penalty after a rusty Raul Albiol dragged Barcelona’s David Villa down by the neck. Albiol was immediately given a red card and Madrid will have to try and find an equalizer at the Bernabéu with just 10 men.
Messi’s goal came just minutes after Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick effort had Victor Valdes beat and glanced off the woodwork. Real Madrid’s El Clasico’s effort then took a dramatic turn for the worse.
Visiting Barcelona have controlled much of the pace and possession of the game, but Real Madrid have still had plenty of chances.
Shortly after Messi’s goal, Carles Puyol, who has been battling injury went down with an injury. Barcelona subbed in Seydou Keita for Puyol. Madrid sent in German Mesut Ozil for Karim Benzema to look for the vital equalizer.
Stay tuned for more. At the pace this tilt is moving at, additional drama is all but assured.
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