After a lucky rebound soon in the second half, Barcelona found themselves 0-1 ahead in the scoreboard thanks to a clinical definition by Fàbregas. It was Varane the man who kept Messi out of the game, but the French player also equalized with a brilliant header and allowed Real Madrid to walk away with a positive result considering suspensions and injuries.
Mourinho and Tito Vilanova have released their official lineups for tonight's (21:00 CET) first leg of the Copa del Rey. Real Madrid will play under Diego López's protection and with Essien, Varane, Carvalho and Arbeloa in the defensive line. Ronaldo, Callejón, Özil and Benzema will try to break Barcelona's defense down and score some goals before the tie heads to the Camp Nou.
Mahamadou Diarra, now of Fulham FC, and club-legend Roberto Carlos visited Madrid today in a busy afternoon for media appearances before the Clásico tomorrow at the Santiago Bernabéu. Karim Benzema gave a press conference and Mesut Özil spoke with the sponsors while finding himself and Ronaldo featured in extensive press commentary in the build-up.
Quite a few things have changed for FC Barcelona, so we've decided to make another scouting report to the one we offered you a couple of months. Jordi Alba is having a relevant role, and so is Adriano, given Dani Alves' sloppy play this season. Busquets is playing great, and former Arsenal player Alex Song isn't playing much since he showed how bad he is in the center back position.