Real Madrid vs Barcelona, El Clasico, La Liga – Latest score, news updates, live match report and result as Cristiano Ronaldo faces Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi


17 mins: Barca with a bit more of the ball now, but they lose it and here are the Whites. Marcelo orchestrating the break, slides it out to Ronaldo who has a shot from distance that’s easy for the keeper.

16 mins: Suarez hasn’t seen much of it. Corner for Barca. Cleared.

14 mins: Dear me, the more you look a that goal. Terrible defending. Anyhow, Kroos with a run and a shot but straight at the keeper.

11 mins: Benzema has missed a sitter. Neymar has gone into the book for elbowing Carvajal. Real Madrid having all the ball, Ronaldo running the show and an equaliser feels very likely.

10 mins: Messi, that well known enforcer, has committed two fouls. He’s slid in on Modric and then done the same to Kroos. Either one could have earned him a yellow, and he is booked for the second.

Poor Amit.

8 mins: Real Madrid took a while to get going but they are in it now. It’s a very fine save from Brava to deny Benzema and then the Madrid stiker hits the post with the follow up!

5 mins: And now a chance for Madrid – ball slung into the box, the Barcelona centre halves posted missing, and Benzema should have done better with the opportunity.

GOAL! Barcelona have scored! Neymar. Suarez with the assist. The ball in from the right, Neymar picks it up and cuts inside. The Real Madrid defence back off, he’s allowed to run across the pitch and then crack the shot at goal. Neymar with the strike from 20 yards.Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 1 (Suarez 4)

2 mins: Cagey start from both sides. Xavi getting plenty of the ball. Early touch for Suarez.

17.00 We kick off.

16.55 The players are out on the pitch warming up. Pleasant sunny afternoon in Madrid.

16.50 And we’re spending those few minutes laughing about the quaint notion that you cannot watch football on Saturday afternoons in the UK. Meanwhile, John McEnerney writes

Hi Alan, this is the first Clasico in years where both sides are equal enough, RM have been super so far as have FCB but in the only big tests they’ve had up till today both lost, AM beating Real & PSG beating FCB in the CL. Surprised Ivan R isn’t starting for FCB & Kroos will be the real star for Real, he’s some player! Home win but a close one!

16.45 Just 15 minutes until the biggest game on the planet (other than tomorrow’s Edinburgh derby, obviously) kicks off.

16.35 Will Suarez do something mad? Here are some of his best bits (best bites?) so far… Luis Suarez’s career flashpoints – none of this please

16.30 And here is the interesting Who website on the game. I like this site but it makes me feel old. Feels like it’s done by people whose first exposure to football was through PlayStation. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

16.25 Here’s Jon Liew on the futility of comparing Ronaldo and Messi.

On Wednesday night, Cristiano Ronaldo played against Liverpool at Anfield. After 63 minutes, Isco played an inch-perfect cross to Karim Benzema, who volleyed an inch-perfect lay-off to Ronaldo. Six yards out, and with only the goalkeeper to beat, Ronaldo’s low shot was saved by the feet of Simon Mignolet.

Real were 3-0 up. Ronaldo had already scored. The game was won. And yet as the shot was saved, his hands shot to his face in pure distress. He looked like he had just lost a close relative. Whatever the score, whatever the circumstance, this is what Ronaldo looks like when he misses a chance.

On Tuesday night, Lionel Messi played against Ajax at the Nou Camp. After 51 minutes, he played a one-two with Pedro, wriggled effortlessly in between two defenders, and got a strong low shot away from a tight angle. The ball rattled into the side netting.

Barcelona were 2-0 up. Messi had already scored. The game was won. And yet as the ball hit the side netting, he marched furiously over to the goal-line official in a futile attempt to convince him that the Ajax defender had got a touch on the ball. He looked like he had just been burgled. Whatever the score, whatever the circumstance, this is what Messi looks like when he misses a chance.

A few minutes later, both men were substituted. There is, after all, the small matter of El Clasico this weekend. Both games were won. Giving them a rest made eminent sense.

Both men looked like someone had just insulted their mothers.

16.22 So some half decent attacking talent on display, then.

Good luck picking the first goalscorer…

16.15 Weird and outdated broadcasting rules will deny Sky the right to show the first 15 minutes in Britain. More on that here.

16.11 Suarez starts.

Barcelona: Bravo, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Mathieu, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Neymar, Messi, Suarez

Madrid: Casillas; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Modrić, Isco, James; Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema.

16.10 Best two club sides in the world? If you’re not Bayern Munich, then probably definitely. But which of them is better? There’s only one way to find out!


Or, compare Real Madrid and Barcelona man-for-man in a picture gallery.

16.00 Afternoon all. How exciting! Madrid v Barca. Ronaldo v Suarez and Messi. Who will come out on top? Will Suarez do something bonkers?

And will it look anything like this if he does?

Alan Tyers will be here with build-up and team news ahead of a match that is so ridiculously flamboyant and excessive it may as well be Liberace facing Elton John in a showdown at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Good to Fabrice Muamba enjoying himself.

— fabrice muamba (@fmuamba) October 25, 2014

Instead it’s Real Madrid‘s Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos against Barcelona‘s Lionel Messi, Neymar and a fella called Luis Suarez who says all his bad days are now behind him …

Luis Suarez, the Uruguay forward who has bitten opponents on three separate occasions during a four-year period in which he also racially abused Patrice Evra, has claimed “all the bad things” are now behind him.

But in an interview to promote his new autobiography, Suarez showed another flash of his notorious temper by complaining at being questioned about biting, vowing to his agent he would never give another interview.

Suarez, who will make his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid on Saturday after completing the suspension which followed his latest violent attack, said he is now on the right path, being helped by the “right kind of people”. The striker is thought to have worked with anger management experts.

But his sensitivity over his behaviour flared up in the face of questions. Cutting the interview short, Suarez raged: “They have asked me about the bite 38,000 times. Never again. This is the last one of them (interviews).”