El Clasico: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona [UPDATED]
La Liga leaders Real Madrid lock horns with defending champions FC Barcelona this evening in one of the most highly anticipated games in the history of El Clasico.
This is a colossal battle that has griped the imagination of Spain—the biggest club game on the planet that has come to be known as the “Match of the Millennium”.
These two teams have been locked together at the summit of La Primera Division for weeks, since the Catalans were held 2-2 in Almeria and renounced first place to their arch-rivals on goal difference.
Barca will be in high spirits after sending Arsenal out of the UEFA Champions League, with Lionel Messi providing another brilliant performance. During that match, the 22-year-old Argentine striker scored four goals as his side defeated the Gunners 4-1 (6-3 on aggregate) to reach the semifinals of Europe’s elite club competition for the third straight year.
Messi is the top scorer in La Liga with 26 goals while Cristiano Ronaldo comes fourth with 18.
Pep Guardiola’s men have won their last three games against Los Blancos, netting an average of three goals per game. Last November, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four minutes after coming on as a substitute to lead the Blaugrana to a 1-0 victory over Madrid. However, the Swedish striker is out of the competition with a calf injury.
The match kicks-off at 22:00 CET.
UPDATE: Messi and Pedro both scored for Barca as the Catalan giants defeated Real Madrid 2-0 to take a three-point lead atop the Spanish league.
UPDATE 2: You can watch Real Madrid vs. Barcelona (new season) HERE.