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FT: Madrid the better team but can’t earn the win: Barcelona vs Real Madrid, 2018 El Clasico

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FT: Madrid can’t beat Barcelona even though Los Blancos were the better team tonight. Barcelona’s second goal happened because of an obvious foul by Luis Suarez and the referee didn’t see a glaring penalty by Alba on Marcelo.

73rd minute: What a goal by Gareth Bale! The Welshman scores from distance off a solid assist by Marco Asensio! 2-2.

52nd minute: How did the referee missed that foul by Suarez? Messi scored Barcelona's second goal but it's very hard to believe that the referee didn't see that foul.

HT: Sergi Roberto was sent off right before the whistle after he threw an arm to Marcelo’s face. Before that happened, Ramos, Suarez and Messi were booked and Bale probably deserved to be sent off as well. Still 1-1 but Real Madrid have 11 players on the field.

28th minute: Real Madrid are playing some excellent football after their opening goal and have had two good chances. They are controlling the game right now but will need to be very careful with Barcelona's counters.

15th minute: Ronaldo has scored the equalizer off a Benzema assist. The bad news for Real Madrid is that the has picked up an ankle injury in the process and will most likely need to leave the game.

9th minute: Barcelona have the lead off a counterattack. They only required two passes to earn this goal as Marcelo was caught off position and Suarez finished. 1-0.

Real Madrid just published their starting lineup for the upcoming El Clasico at the Camp Nou —20:45 CET—.

Real Madrid starting XI: Navas, Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.

Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen, Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta, Coutinho, Messi, Suarez.

Real Madrid will surely try to redeem themselves after Barça’s win early in the season even though it’s clear that they will also be thinking about the Champions League Final against Liverpool, meaning that this El Clasico might not be as intense as the fans would like.


Date: 05/06/2018

Time: 20:45 CET, 02:45pm EST, 11:45am Pacific.

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain.

Available TV: BeIN Sports (USA), Movistar Partidazo (Spain).

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