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REAL MADRID 2 FC BARCELONA 3 | BARÇA KEEPS LALIGA ALIVE

REAL MADRID 2 - FC BARCELONA 3 is the final result of the "Clasico" celebrated tonight as part of Round 33 of LaLiga. Real Madrid managed to turn an adverse result with 10 men, after Sergio Ramos was sent off with a red card, when just on substitute James Rodriguez scored the draw. It looked things would end this way, however Lionel Messi got the winner in the last minute to pour cold water over the "Santiago Bernabeu" Stadium.

The result opens the Liga title race as both currently share top spot of the classification ladder, with Real Madrid still keeping a game in hand which gives them a slight advantage. However, Real Madrid will now feel the pressure as a slip from here till the end of the season could see Barça overrun them for the Spanish Liga title


Real Madrid - FC Barcelona

Impressive game of Football that lived up to expectations. Tense & very competitive with both sides creating numerous goal opportunities. The goalkeepers from both teams were very active & played an important role for their sides as they stopped important goal chances.

Real Madrid - FC Barcelona

As expected a match full of controversies with red cards ( Casemiro & Marcelo ) not given & possible penalties not seen ( Umtiti on Ronaldo in the 2nd min). Plus Sergio Ramos was sent off in the 77th min which put Real Madrid in a clear disadvantage.

But the man of the match was Lionel Messi who caused the yellow card on Casemiro ( later taken off mid 2º half) & was the person Ramos fouled to be sent off. However, it was his two goals that steered his team onto the victory, scoring the winner in the 92nd min of the match.

Real Madrid also had players to mention: on the negative side Bale was substituted in the 33rd min when he fell injured, positively Carvajal was outstanding on his wing along with Marcelo & Kaylor Navas was a multi goal saver. Real Madrid missed many chances including very clear moments from Benzema hitting the post, Kroos & Modric deflected by Stegen with an over anxious Asensio missing opportunities. These failed attempts turned out to be costly in the end. Lastly Cristiano Ronaldo was not the decisive element of past "clasico games" & was missed.


Deserved win for Barça for their pure perseverance, & decisive Messi, who tipped the balance towards Barça to keep the Liga title race alive for his Club.

Goalscorers:
Casemiro 28th min, 1 - 0

Messi 33rd min, 1 - 1
Ratikic 73rd min. 1 - 2
James Rodriguez 86th min, 2 - 2
Messi 92nd min, 2 - 3

REAL MADRID - FC BARCELONA | POSSIBLE STARTING 11 LINE-UPS

Big day in Spanish Football with the REAL MADRID - FC BARCELONA clash tonight ("EL Clasico") which could decide the LaLiga title. Real Madrid has a game in hand still to be played & is 3 points ahead of Barça on the classification table. A win by Real Madrid would practically "shut the door" on Barça, while a win by the visitors would put pressure back on & make the final stretch of the season exciting.

Apart from the points issue, both team will want the victory as this is a traditional rivalry that goes beyond Football & is highly charged with emotion. 


El Clasico 2017 Santiago Bernabeu

The speculated possible starting 11 teams for Real Madrid & FC Barcelona are:

REAL MADRID: K.Navas, Carvajal, Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo & Benzema.

Welshman Gareth Bale comes back into the line-up after injury. Many would have wanted Isco to start instead who is in magnificent form, but barring "last minute changes" Bale will start.


FC BARCELONA: Stegen, S.Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, J.Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta, Messi, Suarez & Alcacer.

Neymar will be out due to sanction & it is expected that Paco Alcacer will fill in.

Match kicks off at 20:45 Spanish time with an expected potential Worldwide audience of 600-800 Million. 

FC BARCELONA ELIMINATED BY JUVENTUS | CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Bad news tonight for Spanish Football as FC BARCELONA has been eliminated from Champions League after drawing 0 - 0 in tonights 2º leg return match with JUVENTUS FC. The Italians won the tie with an overall 0 - 3 aggregate score managed in the 1º leg. There was hope of a comeback by Barça, but Juventus are not PSG & are more experienced & solid defensively. The Italians gave a "Masterclass" of defending & match management that included "time" & "critical moments".

FC Barcelona - Juventus FC

FC Barcelona did have their chances, & plenty. The Italians were more "conservative" tonight & waited in their area looking for the ocasional counter-attack. Barça dominated the ball, made more passing & naturally, more attacking. Neymar, Suarez, Messi, Alba, Sergi Roberto...all had very clear opportunities but were not on target, apart from the Juve defenders with goalie Buffon solving the "moments". 


As time went on, & time became scarce, the nerves set in & every action was more rushed for the Spanish team. Spaces appeared all Barça pushed forward & Juve made the occasional dangerous incursions into Barcelona´s goal area to also have their goal opportunities. In the end the Italian control of the situation & the final whistle confirmed the elimination of FC Barcelona.

The final 4 teams left in Champions League are Atletico de Madrid, Real Madrid CF, Monaco & Juventus FC. Next Friday UEFA celebrates the draw for the semi-finals & we hope both Spanish teams don´t meet to allow a possible all Spanish Final. I say possible, as anything can happen & will happen.

Congratulations to Juventus FC!


REAL MADRID & ATLETICO MADRID REACH SEMIS OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Champions League 2º leg Quarter-Final night & two Spanish Football Clubs are in the semi-finales stage after eliminating their respective rivals. Real Madrid makes Champions League History being the only Club to reach the last 4 teams (semi-finals) 7 times in a row consecutively. While Atletico de Madrid again gets themselves in the "Elite" category of European Football, in the top 4 Clubs.


REAL MADRID defeated BAYERN MUNICH 4-2 (6-3 on aggregate) after extra-time &, have to mention, with Bayern Munich down to 10 men after Vidal was sent off with a red card in the 84th min. The Vidal sending off was possibly "the turning point" that tipped the balance in favour of Real Madrid as the tremendous physical effort by the Germans was too much by this point to cover the extra ground.

However, this match had some excellent headlines: HAT-TRICK by Cristiano Ronaldo, Masterclass of goalkeeping by Neuer, Spectacle performance by Marcelo, the explosion of a future Football star Asensio, the goodbye of Xabi Alonso, great performance from Thiago, penalty & own goal & referee decisions that impacted negatively on both sides (hand-balls & offsides). 


In a nutshell an outstanding game of World Class Football.

The goals fell in the following manner:

  • Lewandowski (penalty) 52nd min, 0 - 1
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 75th min , 1 - 1
  • Sergio Ramos (own goal) 77th, 1 - 2 
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 104th min , 2 - 2
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 108th min, 3 - 2
  • Asensio 111 th min , 4 - 2
For Bayern Munich a disappointment for sure, but an impressive performance that pushed Real Madrid to the limit, & they had the tie in their hands. The Germans made proud the Club & their supporters with their attacking Football, taking up the initiative in all moments & for their fighting spirit. Would not have expected anything less from this great Football Club. They should leave feeling proud of the efforts & performance.

In the end its the final details & decisions that always tips the balance of the result & tonight was no less. 


At Madrid - Leicester 2º leg

LEICESTER CITY drew 1 - 1 with ATLETICO DE MADRID & was eliminated on aggregate 1-2. Deserved tie win & result for the Spanish Football Club which played better relatively on the night although as expected suffered some "tense moments", especially when Leicester drew.

The goals came from:


  • Saul 26th min, 0 - 1
  • Vardy 60th min , 1 - 1
When things got difficult towards the end of the match for Atletico they pulled from experience & stood firm to the English attacks & attempts of goals to take the tie & get themselves into the semi-finals of Champions League.

JUVENTUS 3 FC BARCELONA 0 | CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Champions League quarter-finals tonight with JUVENTUS defeating FC BARCELONA 3 - 0 in the 1º st leg away tie. Repeat version of the away match against PSG, with Barça totally beaten & out played. Once again Barcelona  must summon heroics to overcome this significant disadvantage as Juve are in the "Box seat".

Juventus

The man of the match was DYBALA, the Juventus attacking midfielder outshone Messi & scored the first two goals (7th & 22nd min) all in magnificent fashion. In the process the player lifted his market value further tonight as the many pretenders around Europe recalculated their possible offers. The Juventus star is rumoured to be followed by Real Madrid, & even by Barça, the latter suffered his quality tonight.

FC Barcelona

The other star was Italian & Juventus goalkeeper Buffon. The veteran made one save from Iniesta that was vital while doing enough on Barça´s other occasions. Another name to mention was ex-Barça player Dani Alves which showed he still is in top shape & reminded Barça followers why they miss him this season.

Overall, Juventus was great tonight along with Chelini scoring the 3º goal in the 55th min, Higuain assisting & always dangerous while another name  Manduzkic with his roughening up stuff contributed.

For FC Barcelona, hard to pick out a name, perhaps Iniesta for trying along with Suarez. Neymar disappeared, the defence was full of holes & the midfield out of synchronization.

Can FC Barcelona turn this result around? Of course, they did it with PSG, but Juventus are more experimented defensively, more disciplined in the midfield & if Dybala has another night, well ...


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