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Highlights Real Madrid vs Barcelona, El Clasico, Football Match Result: Lionel Messi inspires Barca to 3-0 win

Real Madrid take on Barcelona in La Liga's first El Clasico of the season. The Catalans lead the defending champions by 11 points in the table. Can Zinedine Zidane's men close the gap or will Lionel Messi an Co reign supreme? Follow Live updates here

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Highlights Real Madrid vs Barcelona, El Clasico, Football Match Result: Lionel Messi inspires Barca to 3-0 win

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Dec 23, 2017 - 19:36 (IST)

That's it from us. A fine win for Barcelona that puts them firmly in charge of the La Liga title race. Keep following Firstpost for all the news, updates and reactions from the world of football

Dec 23, 2017 - 19:28 (IST)

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Dec 23, 2017 - 19:26 (IST)

FULL TIME! Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona

An emphatic victory for Barcelona over ten-man Real Madrid. Lionel Messi ran the show again in the second half as Real Madrid capitulated. With Barcelona moving 14 points clear off Real Madrid the title challenge is all but over for the defending champions

Dec 23, 2017 - 19:22 (IST)

GOAL! Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona

Alex Vidal adds icing on the cake

Dec 23, 2017 - 19:18 (IST)

Three minutes of stoppage time at the Bernabeu

Dec 23, 2017 - 19:15 (IST)

85' Real Madrid 0-2 Barcelona

Real throwing the kitchen sink at the Catalans but Ter Stegen has stood tall. Time is running out for Real Madrid and it seems their chances of retaining the La Liga title are disappearing

Dec 23, 2017 - 19:10 (IST)

80' Real Madrid 0-2 Barcelona

Big saves at both ends. Ter Stegen keeping out Ronaldo and Bale before Keylor Navas keeping Madrid's faint hopes alive in this game. Asensio has made a difference since coming on for the home side, but nothing to show for it. Barcelona carrying a genuine threat on the counter

 

Preview: Real Madrid entertain FC Barcelona in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday lunchtime in what is arguably the most important game of the season so far for both sides.

Madrid go into the game as newly crowned world club champions but 11 points behind Barca in the race for the league title with a game in hand, reports Xinhua news agency.

Highlights Real Madrid vs Barcelona El Clasico Football Match Result Lionel Messi inspires Barca to 30 win

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Barcelona's Lionel Messi will be key to their respective sides' chances in the El Clasico. Reuters

A win for Zinedine Zidane's men would put them back into the title race, but defeat would give Barca a 14 point advantage, which even at this stage of the season would surely be too much for Real Madrid to claw back. They would have to turn their attention to overtaking second placed Atletico, who could be eight points ahead of them by kick off.

There has been a controversy surrounding the game, not least about the kick off time, which is scheduled for prime-time in the lucrative Asian market, but at a bad time for Spanish fans, many of whom will be travelling home for Xmas or doing their last minute shopping.

Sources from Barcelona have said that they will not form a guard of honour for Madrid, despite the success last week in Abu Dhabi.

Barca have long term injuries Rafinha and Ousmane Dembele, while Gerard Deulofeu and Paco Alcacer are also out with muscle problems, but Jordi Alba eased fears he would miss out when he returned to training with the rest of the squad on Thursday.

Meanwhile Cristiano Ronaldo is a minor worry for Madrid as he trained alone for the second day, but there is little doubt he will continue his partnership with Karim Benzema.

Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal and Marcelo all return after suspension and the big question mark for Zidane is whether or not Gareth Bale is fit to start and who to leave out if he is.

Meanwhile Barca's starting 11 is likely to see Mark Ter Stegen in goal, Alba, Gerard Pique, Thomas Vermaelen and Sergi Roberto in defence with a four man midfield consisting of Paulinho, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic, while Luis Suarez and Leo Messi will lead the line as the Liga Santander looks to end 2017 on a high note.

With inputs from IANS

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