Real Madrid and Barcelona tonight face off in what could be the most pivotal derby clashes in recent years.
Atletico Madrid’s lead at the top of LaLiga looked almost unassailable at the turn of the year, but a 10th away win on the trot tonight for Barca will see them move about Diego Simeone’s men, having played a game more.
Real Madrid are flying high themselves after beating an out-of-sorts Liverpool in the Champions League and are looking to complete the double over their fierce rivals. They head into the game in third, two off Barca and three off Atleti.
Lionel Messi will aim to break his run of six games without a goal against Los Blancos in what could be his final Clasico. He holds the rivalry’s record of 26 career goals against Madrid.
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20min: More than half a sight of goal for Modric after some neat footwork on the edge of the area but Lenglet throws himself in front of the shot to block.
16min: Barca had to equalise! But Alba’s cross from the left is a tad to high for those queuing up in the centre.
14min: What a finish from Benzema! He heel-flicks the ball inside Ter Stegen’s near post!
13min: Panic in the Barca defence as Vinicius looks to twist and turn into the area, but the visitors eventually hack clear. Hardly inspiring.
10min: Chance! Alba gets to the byline and looks for Dembele, but Courtois gets a big hand to the ball to divert the danger.
9min: A bit scrappy, dare I say it. Real Madrid struggling to get their foot on the ball. Barcelona work it well across the face of the Madrid penalty area but Mendy soon snuffs them out.
6min: Vinicius is very lively and putting plenty of pressure on Militao.
5min: A couple of nervy moment from Ter Stegen early on, both times after rushing from goal. Vinicius looks to capitalise but his touch is heavy and the ball rolls out of play.
3min: Barcelona enjoy the majority of possession in the opening stages.