Follow along for live updates and highlights of goals and key plays as Barcelona and Real Madrid clash in the latest edition of El Clasico.
Barcelona’s run at La Liga’s first perfect season has one more high hurdle.
The league champions welcome storied rival Real Madrid to Camp Nou Sunday for the latest edition of El Clasico. Barcelona captured the league title in its last match but still has eyes on doing something no other team has done before in Spain’s top flight. Lionel Messi & Co. enter the match 26-0-8 in La Liga this season and on a league-record 41-game unbeaten run. Its last loss in La Liga came April 8, 2017 at Malaga.
Real Madrid, which labored through part of the league season but got it together and reached a fourth Champions League final in five years, would love nothing more than to play spoiler while also having an eye on catching Atletico Madrid for second place in the league.
The first few minutes began in expected fashion, with Barcelona controlling possession and Real Madrid holding and looking to counter. In the first three minutes, Luis Suarez picked up Messi’s pass from inside the box and fired but ended up deflected for a corner. Los Blancos looked to jump out of their half at any opportunity with the ball, looking to find Ronaldo, mainly on the left hand side, but Barça held.
After pressure amounted, Barcelona broke the deadlock with a fantastic finish from the Uruguayan, thanks to Sergi Roberto’s cross from the right handside. But Real Madrid answered almost immediately as Ronaldo’s back-heel started a great play that ended up with Benzema who gave it back to the Portugal star and followed it with an equalizer.
Ronaldo began to feel some discomfort with his ankle but pulled through as the match caught up with more steam. Real Madrid got more comfortable as the minutes progressed and the stadium could feel it. Gareth Bale created an incredible amount of danger due to his pace and as Barcelona lost possession in the midfield, Madrid capitalized. Just before halftime, Luka Modric found Ronaldo with a lovely pass in the box but Ter Stegen came out early enough to stop any danger.
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Here are the lineups for the match:
Barcelona finishes its season against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad, while Real Madrid will face Sevilla, Celta Vigo and Villarreal prior to its May 26 Champions League final date with Liverpool.