Real Madrid won their first league Clasico in eight attempts since 2016 to leapfrog Barcelona at the top of La Liga by virtue of second-half goals from Vinicius Junior and Mariano. Barcelona enjoyed the better first-half chances but both Arthur and a palpably out of sorts Lionel Messi were denied by Thibaut Courtois' fine saves while Antoine Griezmann, still struggling in the absence of Luis Suárez to justify his £107m summer transfer, blazed over from 12 yards.
Real Madrid had the more coherent strategy from the start, using the pace of Vicinius jnr and the Uruguay midfielder Federico Valverde to exploit the space behind Barcelona's marauding full-backs.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分The 19-year-old Vinicius, who alternately electrifies and frustrates the Bernabéu crowd, has become something of a special project for the manager Zinedine Zidane who tutors him in one-to-one sessions and prefers him to Gareth Bale on the left. After creating five half-chances with his slick movement and keen understanding with Karim Benzema, he finally made the breakthrough in the 71st minute, cutting in off the left wing to rattle a shot that clipped the lunging Gerard Pique on the toe and crept in at the near post.
Messi had the opportunity to equalise with a dart down the inside-left channel but the old acceleration was missing and he was caught both by Marcelo and Rapahel Varane, players he has humiliated in the past. The crowd's roar for the tackle was almost as loud as the one that greeted the goal.
Mariano, a late substitute, secured the deserved victory after a testing week for Zidane following the Manchester City defeat in the Champions League by cutting in off the right wing when Barcelona had committed too many men forward two minutes into injury time and wrong-footed Marc Andre ter Stegen with a shimmy to beat him at the near post.
Real Madrid Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Valverde (Vazquez, 86), Casemiro, Kroos; Isco (Modric, 79), Benzema (Mariano 90), Vinicius Junior.
Substitutes Areola, Militao, Bale, Mendy. Booked Vinicius Junior, Carvajal.
Barcelona Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Jordi Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Arthur (Rakitic, 81); Vidal (Braithwaite, 69), Messi, Griezmann (Ansu Fati, 81).
Substitutes Neto, Lenglet, Junior Firpo, Collado. Booked 2020欧洲杯足球即时比分Jordi Alba, Messi.
Referee 2020欧洲杯足球即时比分Mateu Lahoz
84 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0
Yellow card for Messi after he wraps his right leg around Casemiro who was racing away from him. Seconds eralier Vicinius swerved this way and that, shimmied and feinted then used a jet-heeled spurt to glide past Pique into the box, after sending two other defenders off to buy an Evening Post. Unfortunately his next touch took it too close to Ter Stegen.
77 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0
C2020欧洲杯足球即时比分arvajal diddles Jordi Alba and Umtiti with a back heel to Isco who threads the pass back to him on the right of the box. He beats Ter Stegen to it and toe-pokes it to Vinicius whose own cheeky backheel cannot divert it inside the open goal. But the late flag saved the 'what if' inquests.
74 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0
V2020欧洲杯足球即时比分arane and Marcelo chase down Messi who is racing towards goal down the inside left channel after wandering back onside craftily to take De Jong's pass. The acceleration simply isn't there and Marcelo pokes it out of his stride. Varane taps it back from the keeper. Thirty seconds earlier Casemiro hit him with a legal, bear-trap of a tackle taking the ball and flattening him as well. The crowd cheered more loudly for that than the goal.
62 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0
T2020欧洲杯足球即时比分er Stegen saves Isco's header from the left of the penalty spot but the ball spins back behind and Pique has to whack it off the goalline. The ball may have been out of play deep on the right before the cross came in. Thirty seconds later Kroos has another effort from distance, ballooning his third long shot over the bar.
57 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0
Real take a quick corner and take it short to Isco who cuts in on his right from the left and bends a shot aiming for the top right bins that Ter Stegen has to soar high to his left to push behind for another corner. Bacelona van Winkel continue to sleep at corners. Terrific save but Ter Stegen has every right to yell at his team-mates for their doziness.
55 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0
B2020欧洲杯足球即时比分enzema and Vinicius join up to pierce the Barca defence down the left but having made the infiltration into the box and drwan Umtiti out of position to cover, poor control lets Barca off the hook as Vinicius blunders and knocks the ball behind for a goal-kick.
Half-time: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0
T2020欧洲杯足球即时比分he half ends with Umtiti making a foal-like gambol up the left.
Barcelona have had the better chances - ordinarily one would expect them to have scored two - but Real Madrid have looked the stronger side, playing to a plan and exploiting the advanced positions of the Barcelona full-backs.
39 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0
S2020欧洲杯足球即时比分harp save from Courtois when Messi is put through by a superb Arthur pass. You'd put your mortgage on him as he enters the box from the right of the D, draws back his left and spears a shot that the keeper dives to block. Too close to him but he still did well because it was hit with such power.
37 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0
Messi nutmegs Ramos as he picks up Vidal's pass and threads it through the Rea; captain's legs by the 18-yard line. Vidal turns it back to Griezmann in the D but his shot is blocked by Varane's dive. The ball is knocked up the left to Vinicius who has the gas to burn off Pique but he seems reluctant to do so and hits a tame shot from too far out at Ter Stegen instead.
35 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0
A2020欧洲杯足球即时比分rthur gets into a race with Kroos from halfway to get on the end of Griezmann's pass. Neither is very quick but Arthur comfortably outpaces his pursure who seems to give up as he takes the ball into the area. He waits for Courtois to sit down but the Belgium keeper won't comply and pulls off a fine save to tip the dink, when it eventually comes, around his left post.
28 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0
Both sides are at their best playing one-touch and again Vinicius is the beneficiary but this time on the right as he swallows Isco's pass, beats Jordi Alba and drags a pass across the 18-yard line to Benzema who tees it back to Kroos. For the second time in 10 minutes the Germany World Cup-winner sweeps a shot over the bar.
23 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0
Barcelona work a triangle up the left that allows Jordi Alba to flood behind Carvajal as he does so often. He normally picks out Messi but Griezmann is better-placed and he receives gold-plated service with the cut-back but he leans back and spoons a left-foot shot over the bar from about 12 metres. Best chance of the game. He should have buried it.
14 min: Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 0
Not for the first time Marcelo plays Vinicius down the left flank and he crosses on the run. Isco heads it back from the right of the box to set up Benzema by the penalty spot but he heads it into the ground and the spin and bounce take it away from the centre-forward.
Have won one in six but have put the multiple Champions League winning back four back together for one last heist. Sergio Ramos is talking about leadership but Terry Gibson weighs in by saying he hs been a poor leader in recent weeks because he keeps charging forward trying to rectify things and ends up leaving a hole at the back.
Teams for those of you watching in black and white
Real Madrid Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos; Isco, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
Substitutes Areola, Militao, Modric, Bale, Lucas Vazquez, Mendy, Mariano.
Barcelona (4-3-3) Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; de Jong, Busquets, Arthur; Vidal, Messi, Griezmann.
Substitutes Neto, Rakitic, Lenglet, Braithwaite, Junior, Collado, Ansu Fati.
Referee 2020欧洲杯足球即时比分Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
A2020欧洲杯足球即时比分nd welcome to live coverage of the 180th Liga Clasico, a rivalry that stands perfectly poised at 72 wins apiece and 35 draws after 91 years of mostly unfriendly rivalry. Barcelona, unbeaten in the past seven league meetings with Real, lead them by two points at the top of the table their confidence in pursuit of a hat-trick of titles would be enhanced by victory in the Bernabeu this evening. Barca’s new manager, Quique Setien, is probably right to say that the match is more important to Real Madrid than them but given the fact it’s their first visit since the Catalunya separatist leaders were gaoled for sedition last October, it remains of utmost significance for the league leaders.
The match itself, however, seems to have lost some of its cachet here in the UK. A couple of years ago, if you walked along the touchline at a children’s football training session, you would have seen scores of children in the burgundy and navy of Barcelona and quite a few wearing the white of Real Madrid.
This army of little Messis, Neymars, Ronaldos and Bales represented a victory for a kind of cultural imperialism bred both by the prodigious success of the two Spanish giants and the hype their sustained investment in world-class talent has generated. Some of it, though, also stems from a compromise made by dislocated parents who do not wish to inflict the curse of their own clubs on their offspring but are unwilling to commit apostasy by buying the shirt of another English side.
Part of its appeal for the rest of us was the genuine needle between the two. There’s nothing more appealing than a match where the result means more than its impact on the league table, where the players comprehend the significance and the roars of the crowd sound like war drums in their ears. It’s what made the Old Firm game such a draw for non Scots.
We know now that the political history of Real Madrid and Barcelona, their post-civil war roles, were more nuanced than we used to take for granted, that Franco didn’t much care for the game, more bandwagon jumper rather than facilitator for Real Madrid’s European dominance and that Barca won five league titles from the start of the dictatorship before Real won their first under the Generalissimo.
But the truth hasn’t had much impact on their self-images of exceptionalism, one the patrician establishment team, the other ‘more than a club’. As much as they define themselves by separatist ambitions, philosophy and achievements, they also define themselves in their opposition to each other. And it is this that so many observers buy into.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分Yet behind the hype what we’re left with now is two immensely wealthy clubs of impressive grandeur who are caught between the past and the future. At times they resemble a heavyweight contest between George Foreman and Larry Holmes when both were pushing 50 as they try to pull off the most difficult job in sport, transitioning from a gluttonously successful generation of players into a newly vibrant team. The immortal veterans remain great players but age and injury have taken their toll while the loss of the old fluency, coherence and certainty is palpable. It’s still a magnificent occasion and compelling watch. Hopefully, they will give us a mesmerising match, too - one more twitch on the thread.