Barcelona vs Real Madrid First El Clasico of La Liga as Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo were the outsatnding stars of the Barcelona vs Real Madrid game. Both scored two goals apiece in a 2-2 draw at the more than enthusiastic Camp Nou.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid match report, Barcelona / NationalTurk – Barcelona, leaders of La Liga dropped their first points of 2012 – 2013 season and unsurprisingly, it came at the hands of their archenemy Real Madrid. This Barcelona vs Real Madrid El clasico showed us the brilliance of Messi and Ronaldo and why they are the top two footballista in the world.
Real Madrid took the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo in the 23rd minute. Barcelona equalised through Lionel Messi in the 31st minute, and the Catalans took the lead through the same man, who became a father only 3 days ago in the 61st minute with a beautfiul free-kick.
Cristiano Ronaldo had the final say in the first El Clasico of Barcelona vs Real Madrid as he latched onto Mesut Ozil’s through ball and slotted the ball past Barcelona keeper Valdes to equalise to 2-2 in the 66th minute.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo are the non-arguablly two best players in the game, and they made that a known fact Sunday’s Barcelona vs Real Madrid Clasico at Camp Nou, that was adorned like a fresh bride by the separatists Catalans.
Although it would’ve been easier for those of us arguing who is better if one had reigned supreme, the fact that Ronaldo and Messi were the only goal scorers in a 2-2 tie between Barcelona and Real Madrid only prove the fact that they’re the two best players in the world.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid : Was there any question before on Messi and Ronaldo being the best ?
Messi and Ronaldo are each the final attacking line for one of the top professional clubs in the world, and they rarely miss. That much was made obvious when Lionel Messi curved an absolutely brilliant free-kick shot over the wall to put his team up 2-1 in the second half.
But Ronaldo wouldn’t back down, and neither would his team. After a brilliant pass from Mesut Ozil, the Portuguese striker finished it off in a tight angle past Victor Valdes.
With the way that Barcelona’s offense runs through Messi, it’s not surprising that he got his name on the goal-scorers list.
In fact, it should be expected.
But his ability to showcase brilliant skill in the way that his recent free-kicking accuracy has showed is insane, and we’re seeing him add a facet to his game that could push him from elite to historic.
And it’s obvious that Real Madrid would be doomed without Ronaldo’s brilliance. His affect on their game is apparent just by looking at his eight goals in La Liga despite his squad getting off to a less than stellar start.
In a game that went back and forth between two stars, we were given the gift of knowing who the best two players in the world are.
With it came a thrilling match that kept us intrigued until the final whistle, as each player willed his team to chances left and right.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid tied 2-2 in the first Clasico in this season’s La Liga fixture, featuring masterful performances from both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid vs Barcelona at Camp Nou featured Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi putting on a show in Barcelona on Sunday. Both scored twice as Real Madrid and Barcelona were virtually inseparable in a 2-2 draw.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were at their best on Sunday night’s Barcelona vs Real Madrid game, as both scored twice in one of the best editions of El Clasico in recent memory. Barcelona and Real Madrid were evenly matched from start to finish, and there was no way to separate the two sides who stucked into eachother like two dogs in heat in their 2-2 draw.
Real Madrid were well on top for the first 25 minutes of the match as they pressured Barcelona off the ball and got numbers forward. It took a long time for Barcelona to find their usual passing quality and rhythm, and they eventually paid for their slow start. The Blaugrana did manage to dodge couple of bullets, however, and were fortunate to go into the half having conceded only once.
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Karim Benzema who roamed like a ghost on the pitch of Camp Nou, had the first big chance of the match in the 13th minute, when he was left unmarked but volleyed Ronaldo’s cross wide. Sergio Ramos had a great chance on a set piece six minutes later, when he made a delayed run to get on the end of an uncontested header, but failed to hit the target. Benzema would eventually atone for his earlier miss by setting up the opener for Cristiano Ronaldo by making a great turn with his back to goal and playing a through ball to Ronaldo. Daniel Alves was a step slow, and Ronaldo pounced before finishing near post.
Unfortunately, that didn’t mark a serious turn in form for Benzema on the day. He had an even clearer chance than his earlier one in the 25th minute, but managed to hit the post. He was eventually substituted for tactical reasons.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid El Clasico : Full with thrill goals and injuries !
Barcelona were dealt an injury blow in the 27th minute when Dany Alves appeared to strain himself going in on a challenge. Tito Vilanova didn’t give him a chance to run off his injury and moved to make a substitution instantly, bringing on another young Barcelona product, Martin Montoya.
Lionel Messi netted his first goal of the game three minutes later, and the goal was a lucky one for Barcelona. On a cross by Pedro, Madrid failed to clear and an attempted header by Pepe went behind him, into the path of Messi. It was a perfect assist for the Argentine, who just had to tap the ball past Iker Casillas from inside the six-yard box.
The second half of Barcelona vs Real Madrid Clasico 2012 started at a breakneck pace: Mesut Özil another Real Madrid star whose form is low made a great run into the box just 20 seconds into the second half. Özil went down on the edge, but the referee waived play on. Less than 30 seconds later, Lionel Messi made a brilliant run into the Real Madrid penalty area and crossed to the far post, but Alvaro Arbeloa made a perfect intervention to clear the serious danger.
Andres Iniesta nearly drew a penalty in the 52nd minute, but the referee — who was very quick to go to his whistle throughout the first half — saw no foul or dive. In reality, it might have been both. Pepe the Butcher of a footballer appeared to make some contact with Iniesta inside the penalty area, but the Barcelona playmaker was looking for the contact all the way and embellished considerably to try and win a spot kick.
Things got a bit chippy after that at Barcelona vs Real Madrid clash, with both teams being forced into big tactical fouls on the game’s two biggest stars, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Sergio Busquets had to take a yellow card in the 54th minute to avoid giving Ronaldo a free run into the box, while Xabi Alonso had to do the same to Messi five minutes later. The foul on Ronaldo was harmless, but Madrid would be made to pay for the foul on Messi.
Barcelona went ahead on that ensuing free kick, and it was an absolute beauty from Messi. He curled the ball up and over the wall, then just under the crossbar to the left of Casillas. The Madrid keeper had no chance to make a save, and the Blaugrana went 2-1 ahead.
Ronaldo and Real Madrid came up with an almost instantaneous, and truly spectacular answer. The makeshift central defense pair of Adriano and Javier Mascherano was completely caught out by Los Merengues, with Mesut Özil playing architect. Mascherano stepped up to close down Özil, which turned out to be a poor decision. He played a through ball to Ronaldo, who Adriano failed to track, and Ronaldo finished calmly to match Messi’s brace and lock up the score at 2-2.
Cristiano Ronaldo injured at Barcelona vs Real Madrid game !
Sadly for Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo picked up a shoulder injury shortly afterwards. He was visibly in pain for the remainder of the match, but played through it until the end of this Barcelona vs Real Madrid game.
Real madrid and barcelona had chances to score a winner, but there was perhaps some justice in the fact that neither team was able to do so. Gonzalo Higuain, who replaced the ghost Benzema following Messi’s second, had a great chance to win the match on a set piece but fluffed his chance in the 84th minute. In the 88th, Barcelona almost won the match through the most unlikely of sources, Montoya, but his shot shattered at the crossbar.
With Barcelona vs Real Madrid game ending with a 2-2 draw, Barcelona have maintained their 8-point lead over Real Madrid and the top spot in the La Liga standings. Real Madrid have a lot of ground to make up, but they’ll feel like they’re still in the league race by avoiding a loss at Camp Nou, filled with tourists and Catalans who made a show of choreography.
Bad bad hair cut owner Cristiano Ronaldo continued his remarkable recent goal-scoring record against Barcelona, and put his name on the scoresheet for the fifth consecutive time against his biggest rival in the 23rd minute. He scored an amazing 8 goals in his last 3 games.
Ronaldo goal was simply world-class. Ronaldo found space wide of the Barcelona defense and held his run perfectly, and Karim Benzema put him through on goal. His clever near-post finish caught Barca keeper Victor Valdes off-guard.
While Ronaldo’s goal was technically flawless, Messi showed another mark of a great goal-scorer—punishing a defender’s mistake. Madrid center-back Pepe mistimed his jump on an attempted clearance and allowed the ball to bounce dangerously in the penalty area. Messi was the first to pounce on the opportunity and leveled the score in the 31st minute.
The first half of Barcelona vs Real Madrid el clasico ended in a 1-1 draw, but these superstars had plenty in store for the crowd when play resumed.
In the 61st minute, Messi won a free kick in a threatening area, then took the chance himself. He beautifully bent the ball over the wall and passed a helpless Iker Casillas.
But just four minutes later, Ronaldo took advantage of a massive gap in the Barcelona defense and found himself one-on-one with Valdes after Mesut Ozil played him through. He calmly finished the golden opportunity.
Barcelona had quality opportunities late in the match, including a shot from Martin Montoya that rang off the crossbar in the 89th minute, but no game-winner was produced.