12/10/2011 03:50 pm ET Updated Dec 10, 2011

Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid: Live Updates, News, Goals From El Clasico (VIDEO)

Real Madrid has to think that this is the time. Los Blancos are firing on all cylinders, winning 15 matches on the trot in all competitions. Nevertheless, Barcelona enters the Bernabeu with the confidence born of seeming to always know how to turn back the Madrid tide. They also have Messi, which always helps. Of course, Cristiano Ronaldo is currently tied atop the scoring ranks with the Catalan talisman with 17 goals thus far.

Regardless of the outcome, this edition of el Clasico should go a long way toward determining the next La Liga champion. The teams take the pitch with Madrid holding the top spot on the league table and a three-point cushion. Needless to say, this result has the potential to affect the feel of the entire race.

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12/10/2011 5:54 PM EST


The game, essentially, ends on Ronaldo's meek free kick. Barca have gone top of La Liga table. It's a brand new day in the Catalan capital but a long night in Madrid.

12/10/2011 5:53 PM EST

Into the Wall

It goes wide to Benzema but nothing doing. And FIN

12/10/2011 5:52 PM EST

Ronaldo Draws Foul

A hard charging, Ronaldo is blocked by Piquet. Whistle and a last-gasp free kick from a splendid position. Some pushing and shoving going on.

12/10/2011 5:51 PM EST

Not Jose's Sentiments

@ gareth_wheeler :

Real Madrid have tried everything and were always second best today. No shame in being the 2nd best club team in world football. #elclasico

12/10/2011 5:50 PM EST

Extra Time

@ FCBarcelona :

Min. 90: three minutes of stoppage time. #ForçaBarça

12/10/2011 5:49 PM EST

But No Cigar

@ SurrealFootball :

A defeat for Real, but they're far, far closer than they were a year or two ago.

12/10/2011 5:48 PM EST

Signing Off

@ AnfieldIndex :

Iniesta is running rings around Madrid tonight! And his night is over. And I'm switching this off now!

12/10/2011 5:47 PM EST

Iniesta Off

Pedro on. Splendid performance

12/10/2011 5:47 PM EST


With more mesmeric play but some more last-ditch defending.

12/10/2011 5:46 PM EST

Villa Passes

But should have shot. Barca pushing for a fourth goal in numbers. Madrid only playing on counter.