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Luka Doncic is the one big name who may not be there, because his team is still alive in the Spanish league playoffs.
Luka Doncic is the one big name who may not be there, because his team is still alive in the Spanish league playoffs.
List of players reportedly invited to NBA Draft green room
Luka Doncic is the one big name who may not be there, because his team is still alive in the Spanish league playoffs.
Saudi Arabia’s sports authority chief has lashed out at the national team after their 5-0 loss to hosts Russia, complaining in a video rant that they put in “less than five per cent effort.” Turki al-Sheikh apologised for the Saudi side's performance after their hammering in the World Cup's opening game at the Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday. The result was one of the worst for an opening match since Brazil beat Mexico 5-0 in Geneva in 1954. "We've done everything we could for the national team players," he said in the video, which was posted on his Twitter account and received more than 30,000 retweets. "They've blackened my face. pic.twitter.com/EGZNsSPROw— تركي آل الشيخ (@Turki_alalshikh) June 14, 2018 "We've been covering all their expenses for three years, we've hired the best coaching team and a world-class head coach for them, but they did not fulfil what was required of them even by five per cent. “We must accept this reality, their abilities and capabilities are like that." He also personally apologised to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the Saudi throne, who sat watching the game with Russian President Vladimir Putin in his private box. Some commentators on his post said it would do little to boost the morale of the team, which still has a number of games to play to qualify for the quarter-finals. Sheikh, who is a member of the ruling royal family, also threatened legal action against BeIN Sports channel, whose commentating and broadcast of the match was very one-sided, he said, favouring Russia over Saudi Arabia. Supporters of the Saudi national soccer team leave after the match Credit: Reuters The channel is a spinoff of al-Jazeera Media Network, whose Qatari government owners have be subject to a year-long blockade by Riyadh. Juan Antonio Pizzi, Saudi Arabia’s coach, described a "feeling of shame". "The opposing team really didn't have to make a huge effort to win this game," he said after a one-sided showing that marked a dream start for the home team in front of a capacity crowd. "We have now to forget this feeling of shame and start thinking about the next match." Argentine-born Pizzi, who speaks no Arabic, was appointed to the job after Saudi Arabia qualified last year for the finals. They inexplicably sacked Bert van Marwijk despite a successful campaign and then his successor Edgardo Bauza before the World Cup draw in November. Pizzi has been in charge for the last seven months and insisted the Saudis had shown much improvement since. Saudi Arabia sent some players to the Spanish league for experience this season but they did not get much playing time while there. "This game should not be a point of reference. We didn't play the way we planned to. It is left to us to be positive and start thinking about the next match," he said. Saudi Arabia's next Group A encounter is against Uruguay in Rostov on June 20. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Saudi Arabia sports chief hits out at World Cup team for 'less than five per cent effort' during Russia defeat
Saudi Arabia’s sports authority chief has lashed out at the national team after their 5-0 loss to hosts Russia, complaining in a video rant that they put in “less than five per cent effort.” Turki al-Sheikh apologised for the Saudi side's performance after their hammering in the World Cup's opening game at the Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday. The result was one of the worst for an opening match since Brazil beat Mexico 5-0 in Geneva in 1954. "We've done everything we could for the national team players," he said in the video, which was posted on his Twitter account and received more than 30,000 retweets. "They've blackened my face. pic.twitter.com/EGZNsSPROw— تركي آل الشيخ (@Turki_alalshikh) June 14, 2018 "We've been covering all their expenses for three years, we've hired the best coaching team and a world-class head coach for them, but they did not fulfil what was required of them even by five per cent. “We must accept this reality, their abilities and capabilities are like that." He also personally apologised to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the Saudi throne, who sat watching the game with Russian President Vladimir Putin in his private box. Some commentators on his post said it would do little to boost the morale of the team, which still has a number of games to play to qualify for the quarter-finals. Sheikh, who is a member of the ruling royal family, also threatened legal action against BeIN Sports channel, whose commentating and broadcast of the match was very one-sided, he said, favouring Russia over Saudi Arabia. Supporters of the Saudi national soccer team leave after the match Credit: Reuters The channel is a spinoff of al-Jazeera Media Network, whose Qatari government owners have be subject to a year-long blockade by Riyadh. Juan Antonio Pizzi, Saudi Arabia’s coach, described a "feeling of shame". "The opposing team really didn't have to make a huge effort to win this game," he said after a one-sided showing that marked a dream start for the home team in front of a capacity crowd. "We have now to forget this feeling of shame and start thinking about the next match." Argentine-born Pizzi, who speaks no Arabic, was appointed to the job after Saudi Arabia qualified last year for the finals. They inexplicably sacked Bert van Marwijk despite a successful campaign and then his successor Edgardo Bauza before the World Cup draw in November. Pizzi has been in charge for the last seven months and insisted the Saudis had shown much improvement since. Saudi Arabia sent some players to the Spanish league for experience this season but they did not get much playing time while there. "This game should not be a point of reference. We didn't play the way we planned to. It is left to us to be positive and start thinking about the next match," he said. Saudi Arabia's next Group A encounter is against Uruguay in Rostov on June 20. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Saudi Arabia’s sports authority chief has lashed out at the national team after their 5-0 loss to hosts Russia, complaining in a video rant that they put in “less than five per cent effort.” Turki al-Sheikh apologised for the Saudi side's performance after their hammering in the World Cup's opening game at the Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday. The result was one of the worst for an opening match since Brazil beat Mexico 5-0 in Geneva in 1954. "We've done everything we could for the national team players," he said in the video, which was posted on his Twitter account and received more than 30,000 retweets. "They've blackened my face. pic.twitter.com/EGZNsSPROw— تركي آل الشيخ (@Turki_alalshikh) June 14, 2018 "We've been covering all their expenses for three years, we've hired the best coaching team and a world-class head coach for them, but they did not fulfil what was required of them even by five per cent. “We must accept this reality, their abilities and capabilities are like that." He also personally apologised to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the Saudi throne, who sat watching the game with Russian President Vladimir Putin in his private box. Some commentators on his post said it would do little to boost the morale of the team, which still has a number of games to play to qualify for the quarter-finals. Sheikh, who is a member of the ruling royal family, also threatened legal action against BeIN Sports channel, whose commentating and broadcast of the match was very one-sided, he said, favouring Russia over Saudi Arabia. Supporters of the Saudi national soccer team leave after the match Credit: Reuters The channel is a spinoff of al-Jazeera Media Network, whose Qatari government owners have be subject to a year-long blockade by Riyadh. Juan Antonio Pizzi, Saudi Arabia’s coach, described a "feeling of shame". "The opposing team really didn't have to make a huge effort to win this game," he said after a one-sided showing that marked a dream start for the home team in front of a capacity crowd. "We have now to forget this feeling of shame and start thinking about the next match." Argentine-born Pizzi, who speaks no Arabic, was appointed to the job after Saudi Arabia qualified last year for the finals. They inexplicably sacked Bert van Marwijk despite a successful campaign and then his successor Edgardo Bauza before the World Cup draw in November. Pizzi has been in charge for the last seven months and insisted the Saudis had shown much improvement since. Saudi Arabia sent some players to the Spanish league for experience this season but they did not get much playing time while there. "This game should not be a point of reference. We didn't play the way we planned to. It is left to us to be positive and start thinking about the next match," he said. Saudi Arabia's next Group A encounter is against Uruguay in Rostov on June 20. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Saudi Arabia sports chief hits out at World Cup team for 'less than five per cent effort' during Russia defeat
Saudi Arabia’s sports authority chief has lashed out at the national team after their 5-0 loss to hosts Russia, complaining in a video rant that they put in “less than five per cent effort.” Turki al-Sheikh apologised for the Saudi side's performance after their hammering in the World Cup's opening game at the Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday. The result was one of the worst for an opening match since Brazil beat Mexico 5-0 in Geneva in 1954. "We've done everything we could for the national team players," he said in the video, which was posted on his Twitter account and received more than 30,000 retweets. "They've blackened my face. pic.twitter.com/EGZNsSPROw— تركي آل الشيخ (@Turki_alalshikh) June 14, 2018 "We've been covering all their expenses for three years, we've hired the best coaching team and a world-class head coach for them, but they did not fulfil what was required of them even by five per cent. “We must accept this reality, their abilities and capabilities are like that." He also personally apologised to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the Saudi throne, who sat watching the game with Russian President Vladimir Putin in his private box. Some commentators on his post said it would do little to boost the morale of the team, which still has a number of games to play to qualify for the quarter-finals. Sheikh, who is a member of the ruling royal family, also threatened legal action against BeIN Sports channel, whose commentating and broadcast of the match was very one-sided, he said, favouring Russia over Saudi Arabia. Supporters of the Saudi national soccer team leave after the match Credit: Reuters The channel is a spinoff of al-Jazeera Media Network, whose Qatari government owners have be subject to a year-long blockade by Riyadh. Juan Antonio Pizzi, Saudi Arabia’s coach, described a "feeling of shame". "The opposing team really didn't have to make a huge effort to win this game," he said after a one-sided showing that marked a dream start for the home team in front of a capacity crowd. "We have now to forget this feeling of shame and start thinking about the next match." Argentine-born Pizzi, who speaks no Arabic, was appointed to the job after Saudi Arabia qualified last year for the finals. They inexplicably sacked Bert van Marwijk despite a successful campaign and then his successor Edgardo Bauza before the World Cup draw in November. Pizzi has been in charge for the last seven months and insisted the Saudis had shown much improvement since. Saudi Arabia sent some players to the Spanish league for experience this season but they did not get much playing time while there. "This game should not be a point of reference. We didn't play the way we planned to. It is left to us to be positive and start thinking about the next match," he said. Saudi Arabia's next Group A encounter is against Uruguay in Rostov on June 20. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Yaya Toure has claimed Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has a “problem with Africans” and said he was determined to “break the myth” that has developed around the much-decorated Catalan. Toure makes the allegations about his former coach at both Barcelona and City in an interview in the latest edition of France Football. The 35-year-old Toure spent eight years at the Etihad Stadium, joining from Barcelona in 2010 when Guardiola, who was in charge at the time at the Nou Camp, decided to sell him. The former Ivory Coast international believes he was eased out of City last season as they marched to the Premier League title and League Cup success because of jealousy on the part of Guardiola, who as a player won six Spanish League titles and a European Cup with Barcelona, before leading them as a coach to three league titles and two Champions League wins. He also won three German League titles with Bayern Munich. Toure also claims that he was not the only black player who has suspected Guardiola of unfair treatment, suggesting there were several who felt that way when he was playing in Spain. Yaya Toure feels he should have played more often under Pep Guardiola Credit: pa “I want to be the one who breaks the Guardiola myth,” said Toure. “I think I was dealing with someone who just wanted revenge on me. “I do not know why, but I have the impression that he was jealous of me, that he took me for a rival. There you have it. “We always looked at each other weirdly. It was as though I made him a little nervous.” Toure believes he should have played far more regularly last season. Although previously a first-team regular, he spent the majority of his final campaign on the bench, even though Guardiola was generally complimentary about him in public when he did play. Toure started just one league game during the whole campaign, against Brighton in May. Although he was used more frequently in domestic cup competitions, the midfielder was left out of the EFL Cup final victory over Arsenal, despite having played in four of the previous ties in the competition. “He stole my farewells with City, a club where the fans are magnificent,” Toure added. “I would have liked to leave with emotion from this club as did [Andres] Iniesta [at Barcelona] or [Gianluigi] Buffon [Juventus]. But Pep prevented me. Andres Iniesta was given an incredible farewell by Barcelona Credit: afp “He was cruel to me. You really believe that Barcelona could have done that with Iniesta? I have even got to ask myself if it was not because of my colour. “I am not the first to talk about these differences in treatment. In Barca, I know that some people have also wondered. “Maybe we Africans are not always treated by some in the same way as others ... when we notice that he often has problems with Africans, wherever he is in the past, I’m wondering. “The day he will line up a team in which we will find five Africans, not ones with citizenship, I promise I will send him a cake. Yaya Toure and Pep Guardiola's relationship appeared fine at the end of the season Credit: getty images “Beyond that, Pep likes to dominate and wants to have obedient players licking their hands. Me, I do not like this kind of relationship. I respect my coach but I’m not his thing.” Even though City were completely dominant in the Premier League without Toure in the side, winning the Premier League with a record number of points and goals, Toure remains adamant that there was no reason for him to be left out of the starting XI. Guardiola’s preferred choice of formation also only required one holding midfielder, with the role mainly filled by the consistently impressive Brazilian, Fernandinho. Neither Guardiola nor a City spokesperson were available for comment. World Cup whatsapp promo
'I'm out to break the Pep myth': Yaya Toure accuses Pep Guardiola of having 'problems with Africans'
Yaya Toure has claimed Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has a “problem with Africans” and said he was determined to “break the myth” that has developed around the much-decorated Catalan. Toure makes the allegations about his former coach at both Barcelona and City in an interview in the latest edition of France Football. The 35-year-old Toure spent eight years at the Etihad Stadium, joining from Barcelona in 2010 when Guardiola, who was in charge at the time at the Nou Camp, decided to sell him. The former Ivory Coast international believes he was eased out of City last season as they marched to the Premier League title and League Cup success because of jealousy on the part of Guardiola, who as a player won six Spanish League titles and a European Cup with Barcelona, before leading them as a coach to three league titles and two Champions League wins. He also won three German League titles with Bayern Munich. Toure also claims that he was not the only black player who has suspected Guardiola of unfair treatment, suggesting there were several who felt that way when he was playing in Spain. Yaya Toure feels he should have played more often under Pep Guardiola Credit: pa “I want to be the one who breaks the Guardiola myth,” said Toure. “I think I was dealing with someone who just wanted revenge on me. “I do not know why, but I have the impression that he was jealous of me, that he took me for a rival. There you have it. “We always looked at each other weirdly. It was as though I made him a little nervous.” Toure believes he should have played far more regularly last season. Although previously a first-team regular, he spent the majority of his final campaign on the bench, even though Guardiola was generally complimentary about him in public when he did play. Toure started just one league game during the whole campaign, against Brighton in May. Although he was used more frequently in domestic cup competitions, the midfielder was left out of the EFL Cup final victory over Arsenal, despite having played in four of the previous ties in the competition. “He stole my farewells with City, a club where the fans are magnificent,” Toure added. “I would have liked to leave with emotion from this club as did [Andres] Iniesta [at Barcelona] or [Gianluigi] Buffon [Juventus]. But Pep prevented me. Andres Iniesta was given an incredible farewell by Barcelona Credit: afp “He was cruel to me. You really believe that Barcelona could have done that with Iniesta? I have even got to ask myself if it was not because of my colour. “I am not the first to talk about these differences in treatment. In Barca, I know that some people have also wondered. “Maybe we Africans are not always treated by some in the same way as others ... when we notice that he often has problems with Africans, wherever he is in the past, I’m wondering. “The day he will line up a team in which we will find five Africans, not ones with citizenship, I promise I will send him a cake. Yaya Toure and Pep Guardiola's relationship appeared fine at the end of the season Credit: getty images “Beyond that, Pep likes to dominate and wants to have obedient players licking their hands. Me, I do not like this kind of relationship. I respect my coach but I’m not his thing.” Even though City were completely dominant in the Premier League without Toure in the side, winning the Premier League with a record number of points and goals, Toure remains adamant that there was no reason for him to be left out of the starting XI. Guardiola’s preferred choice of formation also only required one holding midfielder, with the role mainly filled by the consistently impressive Brazilian, Fernandinho. Neither Guardiola nor a City spokesperson were available for comment. World Cup whatsapp promo
Yaya Toure has claimed Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has a “problem with Africans” and said he was determined to “break the myth” that has developed around the much-decorated Catalan. Toure makes the allegations about his former coach at both Barcelona and City in an interview in the latest edition of France Football. The 35-year-old Toure spent eight years at the Etihad Stadium, joining from Barcelona in 2010 when Guardiola, who was in charge at the time at the Nou Camp, decided to sell him. The former Ivory Coast international believes he was eased out of City last season as they marched to the Premier League title and League Cup success because of jealousy on the part of Guardiola, who as a player won six Spanish League titles and a European Cup with Barcelona, before leading them as a coach to three league titles and two Champions League wins. He also won three German League titles with Byayern Munich. Toure also claims that he was not the only black player who has suspected Guardiola of unfair treatment, suggesting there were several who felt that way when he was playing in Spain. Yaya Toure feels he should have played more often under Pep Guardiola Credit: pa “I want to be the one who breaks the Guardiola myth,” said Toure. “I think I was dealing with someone who just wanted revenge on me. “I do not know why, but I have the impression that he was jealous of me, that he took me for a rival. There you have it. “We always looked at each other weirdly. It was as though I made him a little nervous.” Toure believes he should have played far more regularly last season. Although previously a first-team regular, he spent the majority of his final campaign on the bench, even though Guardiola was generally complimentary about him in public when he did play. Toure started just one league game during the whole campaign, against Brighton in May. Although he was used more frequently in domestic cup competitions, the midfielder was left out of the EFL Cup final victory over Arsenal, despite having played in four of the previous ties in the competition. “He stole my farewells with City, a club where the fans are magnificent,” Toure added. “I would have liked to leave with emotion from this club as did [Andres] Iniesta [at Barcelona] or [Gianluigi] Buffon [Juventus]. But Pep prevented me. Andres Iniesta was given an incredible farewell by Barcelona Credit: afp “He was cruel to me. You really believe that Barcelona could have done that with Iniesta? I have even got to ask myself if it was not because of my colour. “I am not the first to talk about these differences in treatment. In Barca, I know that some people have also wondered. “Maybe we Africans are not always treated by some in the same way as others ... when we notice that he often has problems with Africans, wherever he is in the past, I’m wondering. “The day he will line up a team in which we will find five Africans, not ones with citizenship, I promise I will send him a cake. Yaya Toure and Pep Guardiola's relationship appeared fine at the end of the season Credit: getty images “Beyond that, Pep likes to dominate and wants to have obedient players licking their hands. Me, I do not like this kind of relationship. I respect my coach but I’m not his thing.” Even though City were completely dominant in the Premier League without Toure in the side, winning the Premier League with a record number of points and goals, Toure remains adamant that there was no reason for him to be left out of the starting XI. Guardiola’s preferred choice of formation also only required one holding midfielder, with the role mainly filled by the consistently impressive Brazilian, Fernandinho. Neither Guardiola nor a City spokesperson were available for comment. World Cup whatsapp promo
'I'm out to break the Pep myth': Yaya Toure accuses Pep Guardiola of having 'problems with Africans'
Yaya Toure has claimed Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has a “problem with Africans” and said he was determined to “break the myth” that has developed around the much-decorated Catalan. Toure makes the allegations about his former coach at both Barcelona and City in an interview in the latest edition of France Football. The 35-year-old Toure spent eight years at the Etihad Stadium, joining from Barcelona in 2010 when Guardiola, who was in charge at the time at the Nou Camp, decided to sell him. The former Ivory Coast international believes he was eased out of City last season as they marched to the Premier League title and League Cup success because of jealousy on the part of Guardiola, who as a player won six Spanish League titles and a European Cup with Barcelona, before leading them as a coach to three league titles and two Champions League wins. He also won three German League titles with Byayern Munich. Toure also claims that he was not the only black player who has suspected Guardiola of unfair treatment, suggesting there were several who felt that way when he was playing in Spain. Yaya Toure feels he should have played more often under Pep Guardiola Credit: pa “I want to be the one who breaks the Guardiola myth,” said Toure. “I think I was dealing with someone who just wanted revenge on me. “I do not know why, but I have the impression that he was jealous of me, that he took me for a rival. There you have it. “We always looked at each other weirdly. It was as though I made him a little nervous.” Toure believes he should have played far more regularly last season. Although previously a first-team regular, he spent the majority of his final campaign on the bench, even though Guardiola was generally complimentary about him in public when he did play. Toure started just one league game during the whole campaign, against Brighton in May. Although he was used more frequently in domestic cup competitions, the midfielder was left out of the EFL Cup final victory over Arsenal, despite having played in four of the previous ties in the competition. “He stole my farewells with City, a club where the fans are magnificent,” Toure added. “I would have liked to leave with emotion from this club as did [Andres] Iniesta [at Barcelona] or [Gianluigi] Buffon [Juventus]. But Pep prevented me. Andres Iniesta was given an incredible farewell by Barcelona Credit: afp “He was cruel to me. You really believe that Barcelona could have done that with Iniesta? I have even got to ask myself if it was not because of my colour. “I am not the first to talk about these differences in treatment. In Barca, I know that some people have also wondered. “Maybe we Africans are not always treated by some in the same way as others ... when we notice that he often has problems with Africans, wherever he is in the past, I’m wondering. “The day he will line up a team in which we will find five Africans, not ones with citizenship, I promise I will send him a cake. Yaya Toure and Pep Guardiola's relationship appeared fine at the end of the season Credit: getty images “Beyond that, Pep likes to dominate and wants to have obedient players licking their hands. Me, I do not like this kind of relationship. I respect my coach but I’m not his thing.” Even though City were completely dominant in the Premier League without Toure in the side, winning the Premier League with a record number of points and goals, Toure remains adamant that there was no reason for him to be left out of the starting XI. Guardiola’s preferred choice of formation also only required one holding midfielder, with the role mainly filled by the consistently impressive Brazilian, Fernandinho. Neither Guardiola nor a City spokesperson were available for comment. World Cup whatsapp promo
Yaya Toure has claimed Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has a “problem with Africans” and said he was determined to “break the myth” that has developed around the much-decorated Catalan. Toure makes the allegations about his former coach at both Barcelona and City in an interview in the latest edition of France Football. The 35-year-old Toure spent eight years at the Etihad Stadium, joining from Barcelona in 2010 when Guardiola, who was in charge at the time at the Nou Camp, decided to sell him. The former Ivory Coast international believes he was eased out of City last season as they marched to the Premier League title and League Cup success because of jealousy on the part of Guardiola, who as a player won six Spanish League titles and a European Cup with Barcelona, before leading them as a coach to three league titles and two Champions League wins. He also won three German League titles with Bayern Munich. Toure also claims that he was not the only black player who has suspected Guardiola of unfair treatment, suggesting there were several who felt that way when he was playing in Spain. Yaya Toure feels he should have played more often under Pep Guardiola Credit: pa “I want to be the one who breaks the Guardiola myth,” said Toure. “I think I was dealing with someone who just wanted revenge on me. “I do not know why, but I have the impression that he was jealous of me, that he took me for a rival. There you have it. “We always looked at each other weirdly. It was as though I made him a little nervous.” Toure believes he should have played far more regularly last season. Although previously a first-team regular, he spent the majority of his final campaign on the bench, even though Guardiola was generally complimentary about him in public when he did play. Toure started just one league game during the whole campaign, against Brighton in May. Although he was used more frequently in domestic cup competitions, the midfielder was left out of the EFL Cup final victory over Arsenal, despite having played in four of the previous ties in the competition. “He stole my farewells with City, a club where the fans are magnificent,” Toure added. “I would have liked to leave with emotion from this club as did [Andres] Iniesta [at Barcelona] or [Gianluigi] Buffon [Juventus]. But Pep prevented me. Andres Iniesta was given an incredible farewell by Barcelona Credit: afp “He was cruel to me. You really believe that Barcelona could have done that with Iniesta? I have even got to ask myself if it was not because of my colour. “I am not the first to talk about these differences in treatment. In Barca, I know that some people have also wondered. “Maybe we Africans are not always treated by some in the same way as others ... when we notice that he often has problems with Africans, wherever he is in the past, I’m wondering. “The day he will line up a team in which we will find five Africans, not ones with citizenship, I promise I will send him a cake. Yaya Toure and Pep Guardiola's relationship appeared fine at the end of the season Credit: getty images “Beyond that, Pep likes to dominate and wants to have obedient players licking their hands. Me, I do not like this kind of relationship. I respect my coach but I’m not his thing.” Even though City were completely dominant in the Premier League without Toure in the side, winning the Premier League with a record number of points and goals, Toure remains adamant that there was no reason for him to be left out of the starting XI. Guardiola’s preferred choice of formation also only required one holding midfielder, with the role mainly filled by the consistently impressive Brazilian, Fernandinho. Neither Guardiola nor a City spokesperson were available for comment. World Cup whatsapp promo
'I'm out to break the Pep myth': Yaya Toure accuses Pep Guardiola of having 'problems with Africans'
Yaya Toure has claimed Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has a “problem with Africans” and said he was determined to “break the myth” that has developed around the much-decorated Catalan. Toure makes the allegations about his former coach at both Barcelona and City in an interview in the latest edition of France Football. The 35-year-old Toure spent eight years at the Etihad Stadium, joining from Barcelona in 2010 when Guardiola, who was in charge at the time at the Nou Camp, decided to sell him. The former Ivory Coast international believes he was eased out of City last season as they marched to the Premier League title and League Cup success because of jealousy on the part of Guardiola, who as a player won six Spanish League titles and a European Cup with Barcelona, before leading them as a coach to three league titles and two Champions League wins. He also won three German League titles with Bayern Munich. Toure also claims that he was not the only black player who has suspected Guardiola of unfair treatment, suggesting there were several who felt that way when he was playing in Spain. Yaya Toure feels he should have played more often under Pep Guardiola Credit: pa “I want to be the one who breaks the Guardiola myth,” said Toure. “I think I was dealing with someone who just wanted revenge on me. “I do not know why, but I have the impression that he was jealous of me, that he took me for a rival. There you have it. “We always looked at each other weirdly. It was as though I made him a little nervous.” Toure believes he should have played far more regularly last season. Although previously a first-team regular, he spent the majority of his final campaign on the bench, even though Guardiola was generally complimentary about him in public when he did play. Toure started just one league game during the whole campaign, against Brighton in May. Although he was used more frequently in domestic cup competitions, the midfielder was left out of the EFL Cup final victory over Arsenal, despite having played in four of the previous ties in the competition. “He stole my farewells with City, a club where the fans are magnificent,” Toure added. “I would have liked to leave with emotion from this club as did [Andres] Iniesta [at Barcelona] or [Gianluigi] Buffon [Juventus]. But Pep prevented me. Andres Iniesta was given an incredible farewell by Barcelona Credit: afp “He was cruel to me. You really believe that Barcelona could have done that with Iniesta? I have even got to ask myself if it was not because of my colour. “I am not the first to talk about these differences in treatment. In Barca, I know that some people have also wondered. “Maybe we Africans are not always treated by some in the same way as others ... when we notice that he often has problems with Africans, wherever he is in the past, I’m wondering. “The day he will line up a team in which we will find five Africans, not ones with citizenship, I promise I will send him a cake. Yaya Toure and Pep Guardiola's relationship appeared fine at the end of the season Credit: getty images “Beyond that, Pep likes to dominate and wants to have obedient players licking their hands. Me, I do not like this kind of relationship. I respect my coach but I’m not his thing.” Even though City were completely dominant in the Premier League without Toure in the side, winning the Premier League with a record number of points and goals, Toure remains adamant that there was no reason for him to be left out of the starting XI. Guardiola’s preferred choice of formation also only required one holding midfielder, with the role mainly filled by the consistently impressive Brazilian, Fernandinho. Neither Guardiola nor a City spokesperson were available for comment. World Cup whatsapp promo
Yaya Toure has claimed Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has a “problem with Africans” and said he was determined to “break the myth” that has developed around the much-decorated Catalan. Toure makes the allegations about his former coach at both Barcelona and City in an interview in the latest edition of France Football. The 35-year-old Toure spent eight years at the Etihad Stadium, joining from Barcelona in 2010 when Guardiola, who was in charge at the time at the Nou Camp, decided to sell him. The former Ivory Coast international believes he was eased out of City last season as they marched to the Premier League title and League Cup success because of jealousy on the part of Guardiola, who as a player won six Spanish League titles and a European Cup with Barcelona, before leading them as a coach to three league titles and two Champions League wins. He also won three German League titles with Bayern Munich. Toure also claims that he was not the only black player who has suspected Guardiola of unfair treatment, suggesting there were several who felt that way when he was playing in Spain. Yaya Toure feels he should have played more often under Pep Guardiola Credit: pa “I want to be the one who breaks the Guardiola myth,” said Toure. “I think I was dealing with someone who just wanted revenge on me. “I do not know why, but I have the impression that he was jealous of me, that he took me for a rival. There you have it. “We always looked at each other weirdly. It was as though I made him a little nervous.” Toure believes he should have played far more regularly last season. Although previously a first-team regular, he spent the majority of his final campaign on the bench, even though Guardiola was generally complimentary about him in public when he did play. Toure started just one league game during the whole campaign, against Brighton in May. Although he was used more frequently in domestic cup competitions, the midfielder was left out of the EFL Cup final victory over Arsenal, despite having played in four of the previous ties in the competition. “He stole my farewells with City, a club where the fans are magnificent,” Toure added. “I would have liked to leave with emotion from this club as did [Andres] Iniesta [at Barcelona] or [Gianluigi] Buffon [Juventus]. But Pep prevented me. Andres Iniesta was given an incredible farewell by Barcelona Credit: afp “He was cruel to me. You really believe that Barcelona could have done that with Iniesta? I have even got to ask myself if it was not because of my colour. “I am not the first to talk about these differences in treatment. In Barca, I know that some people have also wondered. “Maybe we Africans are not always treated by some in the same way as others ... when we notice that he often has problems with Africans, wherever he is in the past, I’m wondering. “The day he will line up a team in which we will find five Africans, not ones with citizenship, I promise I will send him a cake. Yaya Toure and Pep Guardiola's relationship appeared fine at the end of the season Credit: getty images “Beyond that, Pep likes to dominate and wants to have obedient players licking their hands. Me, I do not like this kind of relationship. I respect my coach but I’m not his thing.” Even though City were completely dominant in the Premier League without Toure in the side, winning the Premier League with a record number of points and goals, Toure remains adamant that there was no reason for him to be left out of the starting XI. Guardiola’s preferred choice of formation also only required one holding midfielder, with the role mainly filled by the consistently impressive Brazilian, Fernandinho. Neither Guardiola nor a City spokesperson were available for comment. World Cup whatsapp promo
'I'm out to break the Pep myth': Yaya Toure accuses Pep Guardiola of having 'problems with Africans'
Yaya Toure has claimed Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has a “problem with Africans” and said he was determined to “break the myth” that has developed around the much-decorated Catalan. Toure makes the allegations about his former coach at both Barcelona and City in an interview in the latest edition of France Football. The 35-year-old Toure spent eight years at the Etihad Stadium, joining from Barcelona in 2010 when Guardiola, who was in charge at the time at the Nou Camp, decided to sell him. The former Ivory Coast international believes he was eased out of City last season as they marched to the Premier League title and League Cup success because of jealousy on the part of Guardiola, who as a player won six Spanish League titles and a European Cup with Barcelona, before leading them as a coach to three league titles and two Champions League wins. He also won three German League titles with Bayern Munich. Toure also claims that he was not the only black player who has suspected Guardiola of unfair treatment, suggesting there were several who felt that way when he was playing in Spain. Yaya Toure feels he should have played more often under Pep Guardiola Credit: pa “I want to be the one who breaks the Guardiola myth,” said Toure. “I think I was dealing with someone who just wanted revenge on me. “I do not know why, but I have the impression that he was jealous of me, that he took me for a rival. There you have it. “We always looked at each other weirdly. It was as though I made him a little nervous.” Toure believes he should have played far more regularly last season. Although previously a first-team regular, he spent the majority of his final campaign on the bench, even though Guardiola was generally complimentary about him in public when he did play. Toure started just one league game during the whole campaign, against Brighton in May. Although he was used more frequently in domestic cup competitions, the midfielder was left out of the EFL Cup final victory over Arsenal, despite having played in four of the previous ties in the competition. “He stole my farewells with City, a club where the fans are magnificent,” Toure added. “I would have liked to leave with emotion from this club as did [Andres] Iniesta [at Barcelona] or [Gianluigi] Buffon [Juventus]. But Pep prevented me. Andres Iniesta was given an incredible farewell by Barcelona Credit: afp “He was cruel to me. You really believe that Barcelona could have done that with Iniesta? I have even got to ask myself if it was not because of my colour. “I am not the first to talk about these differences in treatment. In Barca, I know that some people have also wondered. “Maybe we Africans are not always treated by some in the same way as others ... when we notice that he often has problems with Africans, wherever he is in the past, I’m wondering. “The day he will line up a team in which we will find five Africans, not ones with citizenship, I promise I will send him a cake. Yaya Toure and Pep Guardiola's relationship appeared fine at the end of the season Credit: getty images “Beyond that, Pep likes to dominate and wants to have obedient players licking their hands. Me, I do not like this kind of relationship. I respect my coach but I’m not his thing.” Even though City were completely dominant in the Premier League without Toure in the side, winning the Premier League with a record number of points and goals, Toure remains adamant that there was no reason for him to be left out of the starting XI. Guardiola’s preferred choice of formation also only required one holding midfielder, with the role mainly filled by the consistently impressive Brazilian, Fernandinho. Neither Guardiola nor a City spokesperson were available for comment. World Cup whatsapp promo
Yaya Toure has claimed Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has a “problem with Africans” and said he was determined to “break the myth” that has developed around the much-decorated Catalan. Toure makes the allegations about his former coach at both Barcelona and City in an interview in the latest edition of France Football. The 35-year-old Toure spent eight years at the Etihad Stadium, joining from Barcelona in 2010 when Guardiola, who was in charge at the time at the Nou Camp, decided to sell him. The former Ivory Coast international believes he was eased out of City last season as they marched to the Premier League title and League Cup success because of jealousy on the part of Guardiola, who as a player won six Spanish League titles and a European Cup with Barcelona, before leading them as a coach to three league titles and two Champions League wins. He also won three German League titles with Bayern Munich. Toure also claims that he was not the only black player who has suspected Guardiola of unfair treatment, suggesting there were several who felt that way when he was playing in Spain. Yaya Toure feels he should have played more often under Pep Guardiola Credit: pa “I want to be the one who breaks the Guardiola myth,” said Toure. “I think I was dealing with someone who just wanted revenge on me. “I do not know why, but I have the impression that he was jealous of me, that he took me for a rival. There you have it. “We always looked at each other weirdly. It was as though I made him a little nervous.” Toure believes he should have played far more regularly last season. Although previously a first-team regular, he spent the majority of his final campaign on the bench, even though Guardiola was generally complimentary about him in public when he did play. Toure started just one league game during the whole campaign, against Brighton in May. Although he was used more frequently in domestic cup competitions, the midfielder was left out of the EFL Cup final victory over Arsenal, despite having played in four of the previous ties in the competition. “He stole my farewells with City, a club where the fans are magnificent,” Toure added. “I would have liked to leave with emotion from this club as did [Andres] Iniesta [at Barcelona] or [Gianluigi] Buffon [Juventus]. But Pep prevented me. Andres Iniesta was given an incredible farewell by Barcelona Credit: afp “He was cruel to me. You really believe that Barcelona could have done that with Iniesta? I have even got to ask myself if it was not because of my colour. “I am not the first to talk about these differences in treatment. In Barca, I know that some people have also wondered. “Maybe we Africans are not always treated by some in the same way as others ... when we notice that he often has problems with Africans, wherever he is in the past, I’m wondering. “The day he will line up a team in which we will find five Africans, not ones with citizenship, I promise I will send him a cake. Yaya Toure and Pep Guardiola's relationship appeared fine at the end of the season Credit: getty images “Beyond that, Pep likes to dominate and wants to have obedient players licking their hands. Me, I do not like this kind of relationship. I respect my coach but I’m not his thing.” Even though City were completely dominant in the Premier League without Toure in the side, winning the Premier League with a record number of points and goals, Toure remains adamant that there was no reason for him to be left out of the starting XI. Guardiola’s preferred choice of formation also only required one holding midfielder, with the role mainly filled by the consistently impressive Brazilian, Fernandinho. Neither Guardiola nor a City spokesperson were available for comment. World Cup whatsapp promo
'I'm out to break the Pep myth': Yaya Toure accuses Pep Guardiola of having 'problems with Africans'
Yaya Toure has claimed Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has a “problem with Africans” and said he was determined to “break the myth” that has developed around the much-decorated Catalan. Toure makes the allegations about his former coach at both Barcelona and City in an interview in the latest edition of France Football. The 35-year-old Toure spent eight years at the Etihad Stadium, joining from Barcelona in 2010 when Guardiola, who was in charge at the time at the Nou Camp, decided to sell him. The former Ivory Coast international believes he was eased out of City last season as they marched to the Premier League title and League Cup success because of jealousy on the part of Guardiola, who as a player won six Spanish League titles and a European Cup with Barcelona, before leading them as a coach to three league titles and two Champions League wins. He also won three German League titles with Bayern Munich. Toure also claims that he was not the only black player who has suspected Guardiola of unfair treatment, suggesting there were several who felt that way when he was playing in Spain. Yaya Toure feels he should have played more often under Pep Guardiola Credit: pa “I want to be the one who breaks the Guardiola myth,” said Toure. “I think I was dealing with someone who just wanted revenge on me. “I do not know why, but I have the impression that he was jealous of me, that he took me for a rival. There you have it. “We always looked at each other weirdly. It was as though I made him a little nervous.” Toure believes he should have played far more regularly last season. Although previously a first-team regular, he spent the majority of his final campaign on the bench, even though Guardiola was generally complimentary about him in public when he did play. Toure started just one league game during the whole campaign, against Brighton in May. Although he was used more frequently in domestic cup competitions, the midfielder was left out of the EFL Cup final victory over Arsenal, despite having played in four of the previous ties in the competition. “He stole my farewells with City, a club where the fans are magnificent,” Toure added. “I would have liked to leave with emotion from this club as did [Andres] Iniesta [at Barcelona] or [Gianluigi] Buffon [Juventus]. But Pep prevented me. Andres Iniesta was given an incredible farewell by Barcelona Credit: afp “He was cruel to me. You really believe that Barcelona could have done that with Iniesta? I have even got to ask myself if it was not because of my colour. “I am not the first to talk about these differences in treatment. In Barca, I know that some people have also wondered. “Maybe we Africans are not always treated by some in the same way as others ... when we notice that he often has problems with Africans, wherever he is in the past, I’m wondering. “The day he will line up a team in which we will find five Africans, not ones with citizenship, I promise I will send him a cake. Yaya Toure and Pep Guardiola's relationship appeared fine at the end of the season Credit: getty images “Beyond that, Pep likes to dominate and wants to have obedient players licking their hands. Me, I do not like this kind of relationship. I respect my coach but I’m not his thing.” Even though City were completely dominant in the Premier League without Toure in the side, winning the Premier League with a record number of points and goals, Toure remains adamant that there was no reason for him to be left out of the starting XI. Guardiola’s preferred choice of formation also only required one holding midfielder, with the role mainly filled by the consistently impressive Brazilian, Fernandinho. Neither Guardiola nor a City spokesperson were available for comment. World Cup whatsapp promo
Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta waves at the end of a tribute after the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou stadium (AFP Photo/Josep LAGO)
Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta waves at the end of a tribute after the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou stadium
Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta waves at the end of a tribute after the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou stadium (AFP Photo/Josep LAGO)
Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta waves at the end of a tribute after the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou stadium
Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta waves at the end of a tribute after the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou stadium
Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta waves at the end of a tribute after the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou stadium
Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta waves at the end of a tribute after the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou stadium
Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta waves at the end of a tribute after the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou stadium
Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta waves at the end of a tribute after the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou stadium
How Unai Emery broke the news story on his own website Sam Wallace: Past success suggests this job could suit him What style can Arsenal expect from their new head coach? Jason Burt: Unai Emery is meticulous, intense and demanding Emery to be presented as head coach in 2pm press conference ... ... Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis to join Emery at Emirates Unai Emery paid tribute to the legacy left by Arsene Wenger as he set out his vision for the "big challenge" after taking over as head coach at Arsenal. Emery, 46, left Paris St Germain at the end of the season having won the domestic treble and will replace Wenger at the Emirates Stadium following the end of the Frenchman's 22-year reign. Spaniard Emery - who emerged as the shock favourite earlier this week after it had seemed former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job - is set to fit into a new structure behind the scenes. "We will create a new present and a new future for Arsenal. I want to say thank you Arsene Wenger for your legacy. For all the coaches in the world, he is a reference. We learned, I learned from him all the things in football," Emery said at a press conference, choosing to speak in English rather than via a translator. "It's a big challenge for me, but I have worked also in other projects, big projects. For me, I am proud to be here and to work after Arsene Wenger." Emery, who won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla before moving to PSG in 2016, maintained he had his own plans about how to take Arsenal forward, the club having finished sixth in the Premier League last season. Why Emery got the Arsenal job "Our objective is to be among the best teams in Europe, to win titles and to be in the elite of European teams. I also want the team to make the fans proud. I know they are already and I want them to be even more so," he said. On the future of midfielder Jack Wilshere, whose current contract is set to run out, Emery added: "I want today to speak about the team globally, not individually about the players today. "This team is a big team, great players, we think we need to change little things." Chief executive Ivan Gazidis explained Emery was the stand-out candidate on an eight-man shortlist for the Arsenal job. "We had some clear criteria we were looking for," said Gazidis. "We wanted progressive, entertaining football, personality to fit Arsenal values and a reputation for developing players and also, through cultural demands, demanding more from them. "His teams improve over time. We also felt for some time that he is a superb fit with the criteria I laid out. He came in extraordinarily well-prepared with a detailed knowledge of Arsenal Football Club. Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? "He had an analysis to share with us, not just his ways of working, his ways of coaching, the team of people that he works with, but he had an analysis of all of our individual players - their qualities and how he believes he can help them develop individually and collectively - and also an in-depth analysis of our off-the-field team and how they can contribute. "The thing that distinguished Unai was the chemistry between us. He has an energy, a competitive energy, and will to win that made us think this was a perfect fit for Arsenal." The club are yet to confirm if Emery will bring in any of his own backroom staff, although Juan Carlos Carcedo, Pablo Villanueva, Julen Masach and Victor Manas have all reportedly been lined up for roles. When asked how big a rebuilding job it is for Emery, chief executive Gazidis said: "I think all of our players will respond to the new energy that Unai brings. I think they will have somebody under whom they can improve their individual game and our collective game. "I don't think anybody believes that sixth place is a place that a club of the stature of Arsenal should be. We need to look to improve that." 2:49PM How does he rate Mesut Ozil? “He’s one of the biggest talents at Arsenal and I want talented players here I want to spend time with him, and all the players. I want to speak with them about how inspired and excited I am to be here and I want the players to feel that as well. This is a wonderful project and we all need to give 100%.” 2:47PM Taking on Guardiola and Mourinho... “In terms of my past experience, it makes me feel stronger and also allows me to have a guide to my future trajectory. I'm very excited to be here, against top coaches and top teams, and have to say the Premier League now it right at the top. “I speak with a lot of coaches, those are private conversations, but now that I’m here all information is welcome.” 2:43PM Can Arsenal win the Champions League? “All titles are important for us. We can, and want to be, candidates for them. I don’t promise today we will win, but I can promise you we will work hard, will work together, will work with emotion, demanding to find all the objectives.” 2:40PM Why Arsenal? “I had three fantastic meetings in terms of who was at those meetings. First I met with Ivan, Raul and Sven, they analysed me as a person and a coach, and thought I could be an option for this team. I have to say after a three-hour meeting there was fantastic chemistry between us. That came simply from the fact it was Arsenal, a wonderful history, and I hoped there could be a new future for the club. The second meeting was with the owners, the heart of the club, they transmitted what the fans wanted and I felt a positive energy. My third meeting was in Atlanta and again I had a fantastic feeling. Everything has been very positive in terms of the challenge, which makes me very proud and is a great opportunity to grow. “Success would be developing, and that’s about battling for every title. It’s in Arsenal’s history and it’s in my history as well. We want to be among the best teams in Europe. I want the team to make the fans proud of the side. I know they are already but I want to make them even more so.” 2:37PM What is his style of management? “In my career I am very demanding for all, demanding of the players also. My idea is to be a protagonist for all of the match. We play against teams with this personality, and I think the history here shows they love playing with possession of the ball. I like this, and when you don’t have possession of the ball I want a squad very, very intense in pressing. It’s two things that are very important for me. Being a protagonist, possession of the ball, and pressing.” 2:36PM The interview process... “In all the meetings with the people – Ivan, Raul, Sven – the connection was very important. We spoke about all they want and I want to work together, on this club, this responsibility. To know my ambition, my passion. It is a big responsibility but I think this feeling is very important and my experiences with big clubs are important. All the conversations are very good.” 2:34PM Does he have any transfer targets? “I believe in the players we have here. We can grow with these players and the objective is to work hard with these talented players, to work to be a candidate for all the titles in the future. Then it’s very important for the club, after two years outside the Champions League, to work towards this, to arrive and be the best team in the Premier League and also the world.” 2:32PM The future of Jack Wilshere... “I don’t want to speak about any of the players today. We think we need to change little things. Today I want to work, want to speak globally for the squad.” 2:25PM '¿Habla usted inglés?' It appears he does. Despite a number of reports claiming the 46-year-old Basque does not speak English, the new Arsenal head coach has just delivered his first press conference as an employee of the north London club. In English. “Thank you Ivan, Raul and Sven. The first meeting with Arsenal personnel was with people who, after three hours, I had a very good feeling that we will work together and create a new present and future for Arsenal,” he said. “My English is not the very best now and I want to make an effort to speak with you to explain my ambition. I am very excited for this opportunity at a big club, a great city and stadium. “In my career every year I grow up with a new challenge. For me the challenge is a dream come true. “Now? To know you. And all the conversations with Ivan and people who work here, to give me all the information about the club. I know all the players, I think they are very important and I want to speak individually with them face to face.” 2:21PM Ivan Gazidis on Arsenal's new appointment ... Apologies if you were watching our live video and were, like us, a little flummoxed by the Spanish feed. Here's what was said by Arsenal chief executive Gazidis: “I’m really delighted and excited to announce the new head coach. I know that came as a bit of a surprise, perhaps there were one or two rewrites necessary. But those who know won’t speak and those who speak won’t know. I’ll give you a little insight into the process. We formed a three-person committee of me, Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi. We had some clear criteria: aggressive, entertaining football; personality that fitted with Arsenal’s values; also a record of developing players through detailed tactical instruction and also cultural demand, pushing players. “We looked through and analysed on the basis that every coach in the world would be interested in this position. We don’t believe any position in world football is more attractive. We created an eight-person longlist. All of them were interested and took part in extensive, in-person interviews. None of them at any stage withdrew their interest. So we were in a fortunate position to make our first choice, and that’s what we did. Our first interviewee was conducted on 25th April, our last was conducted on 15th May and we interviewed Unai on 10th May. We made our unanimous recommendation to the board on 18th may, accompanied by a 100-page dossier. We then met with London members of our board on Monday this week. Unai and Raul and I flew to Atlanta and met Josh and Stan Kroenke and flew back on the red-eye last night. “So why Unai Emery? I’ve followed Unai’s career very closely and he’s always been on my radar screen. He’s got a fantastic record wherever he’s gone and his team’s improve over time. He’s a superb fit with the criteria I laid out. But it’s important to move this beyond the paper exercise and having taken third-person references it was very important to move to personal meetings. Unai was incredibly impressive, he came in extraordinary well prepared, he had an analysis of all of our individual players, their qualities and how he believes he can help them develop individually and collectively, and also detailed analysis of our off-field team. “But this wasn’t a purely technical exercise. What also distinguished Unai was the chemistry between us and feeling for football in the room. His detail, hard work, love for football and will to win made us think this fit was exactly right.” 10:57AM 'Past success suggests Arsenal could suit Emery' Sam Wallace, our chief football writer, believes Unai Emery's entrance into the English game will be unforgettable, one way or another. Read what Sam has to say about Arsenal's new Basque head coach ... 10:26AM 'Emery could have very good success at Arsenal' Claudio Ranieri, the former Leicester City and Chelsea manager, has backed the new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery to succeed once he takes over the reins at the Emirates Stadium. “He’s a good man, a good coach,” Ranieri told Sky Sports this morning. “He managed a lot in Spain and had a very good season with PSG but in Paris you have to win the Champions League – that is the target there. Claudio Ranieri has backed the new Arsenal head coach to succeed Credit: AP “Unai is a very strong man, a good manager and I think he could have very good success there. I think they need three or four years to stay calm then restart. But football is fantastic; you never know what could happen.” 10:15AM Guardiola: Emery is a top manager Following the breaking news that Unai Emery will become the new Arsenal head coach, or friends at Sky Sports News have been busying themselves canvassing the opinions of whoever they can get hold of on the appointment. Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, reckons Ivan Gazidis et al have landed themselves a good on in the 46-year-old Basque. "[Emery is a] top manager. His career speaks for itself," Guardiola said a short while ago. Unai Emery (left) replaces Arsene Wenger as top boy at the Emirates Stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES "He did it perfectly in Spain with many teams – Valencia, Sevilla – and he did really well in France. So, welcome to England. Another good manager is coming here." 10:03AM How did Emery land the big Arsenal job? Unai Emery, according to our own Matt Law, was not on Arsenal's original shortlist of potential new managers or head coaches: Emery did not feature on Arsenal’s original shortlist of potential successors to Arsene Wenger before eventually landing the job ahead of Mikel Arteta. But Telegraph Sport understands first contact between the two parties was only made 10 days ago – after most of the interviews had already taken place. The likes of Arteta, Patrick Vieira and Max Allegri were all first sounded out over the Arsenal post over a fortnight ago after Arsenal had drawn up their original shortlist. Emery was only put on to the club’s radar by an agent once a number of candidates were waiting to hear back about their own interviews or had pulled out of the race themselves. Read the full story here ... 9:56AM Emery to be unveiled as new head coach later today Unai Emery, the new Arsenal head coach, will be unveiled unveiled at a press conference at the Emirates Stadium later this afternoon. Unai Emery 'accidentally' broke the news on his website on Tuesday night Emery's arrival in north London follows the appointments of Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations and Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment over the past year. Interestingly, Emery's job title of head coach would suggest the club are keen to move away from the model formed under Arsene Wenger, with the Spaniard expected to work closely with Sanllehi and Mislintat as the Basque plots to bring the good times back to the club. 9:43AM The Arsenal statement in full ... Unai Emery is to become our new head coach. He joins the club after completing a two-year spell at Paris Saint-Germain, where he recently landed the treble of Ligue 1, Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue. Unai, 46, previously spent three seasons with Sevilla, leading them to an unprecedented three consecutive Europa League titles, establishing the club as a major force in the Spanish league. Announcing the appointment, chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly. His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward. “We conducted a confidential, wide-ranging and rigorous search involving extensive background references, data and video analysis, and personal meetings with all the candidates we shortlisted. All were interested in the position and we were unanimous in our choice of Unai to drive the next chapter of our history.” What can Arsenal expect from new manager Unai Emery? Majority owner Stan Kroenke said: “We’re delighted to welcome Unai to Arsenal. He’s a proven winner. We’re confident that he is the right person for the job and that he will work to deliver the triumphs our fans, staff and everyone who cares about Arsenal want. “Several things stood out during his interview and the entire process; his football knowledge, energy, determination and love of the game. His familiarity with our club and our players, the Premier League and the game in Europe were all very impressive. He shares our vision to move forward, to build on the platform created by Arsène Wenger and help this club enjoy greater success.” Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? Unai said: “I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game. Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history. I have met Stan and Josh Kroenke and it’s clear they have great ambitions for the club and are committed to bringing future success. I’m excited about what we can do together and I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories.” Unai started his coaching career at Lorca Deportiva in 2005 after playing mostly in the Spanish second division. He went on to coach Almeria, Valencia and Spartak Moscow before joining Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain. The appointment is subject to the completion of regulatory processes. 9:41AM Emery appointed as successor to Wenger Arsenal have confirmed that Unai Emery will become the club's new head coach, subject to the completion of regulatory processes. Emery, 46, left Paris St-Germain at the end of the season having won three trophies and will replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium. The Spaniard emerged as a surprise favourite earlier this week after it had seemed former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job. Instead the role has gone to Emery, who won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla before moving to PSG in 2016. Wenger departed at the end of the season following a 22-year reign, with the club finishing sixth in the Premier League.
Unai Emery says 'we will create a new future for Arsenal' as Spaniard unveiled as Arsene Wenger's successor
How Unai Emery broke the news story on his own website Sam Wallace: Past success suggests this job could suit him What style can Arsenal expect from their new head coach? Jason Burt: Unai Emery is meticulous, intense and demanding Emery to be presented as head coach in 2pm press conference ... ... Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis to join Emery at Emirates Unai Emery paid tribute to the legacy left by Arsene Wenger as he set out his vision for the "big challenge" after taking over as head coach at Arsenal. Emery, 46, left Paris St Germain at the end of the season having won the domestic treble and will replace Wenger at the Emirates Stadium following the end of the Frenchman's 22-year reign. Spaniard Emery - who emerged as the shock favourite earlier this week after it had seemed former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job - is set to fit into a new structure behind the scenes. "We will create a new present and a new future for Arsenal. I want to say thank you Arsene Wenger for your legacy. For all the coaches in the world, he is a reference. We learned, I learned from him all the things in football," Emery said at a press conference, choosing to speak in English rather than via a translator. "It's a big challenge for me, but I have worked also in other projects, big projects. For me, I am proud to be here and to work after Arsene Wenger." Emery, who won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla before moving to PSG in 2016, maintained he had his own plans about how to take Arsenal forward, the club having finished sixth in the Premier League last season. Why Emery got the Arsenal job "Our objective is to be among the best teams in Europe, to win titles and to be in the elite of European teams. I also want the team to make the fans proud. I know they are already and I want them to be even more so," he said. On the future of midfielder Jack Wilshere, whose current contract is set to run out, Emery added: "I want today to speak about the team globally, not individually about the players today. "This team is a big team, great players, we think we need to change little things." Chief executive Ivan Gazidis explained Emery was the stand-out candidate on an eight-man shortlist for the Arsenal job. "We had some clear criteria we were looking for," said Gazidis. "We wanted progressive, entertaining football, personality to fit Arsenal values and a reputation for developing players and also, through cultural demands, demanding more from them. "His teams improve over time. We also felt for some time that he is a superb fit with the criteria I laid out. He came in extraordinarily well-prepared with a detailed knowledge of Arsenal Football Club. Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? "He had an analysis to share with us, not just his ways of working, his ways of coaching, the team of people that he works with, but he had an analysis of all of our individual players - their qualities and how he believes he can help them develop individually and collectively - and also an in-depth analysis of our off-the-field team and how they can contribute. "The thing that distinguished Unai was the chemistry between us. He has an energy, a competitive energy, and will to win that made us think this was a perfect fit for Arsenal." The club are yet to confirm if Emery will bring in any of his own backroom staff, although Juan Carlos Carcedo, Pablo Villanueva, Julen Masach and Victor Manas have all reportedly been lined up for roles. When asked how big a rebuilding job it is for Emery, chief executive Gazidis said: "I think all of our players will respond to the new energy that Unai brings. I think they will have somebody under whom they can improve their individual game and our collective game. "I don't think anybody believes that sixth place is a place that a club of the stature of Arsenal should be. We need to look to improve that." 2:49PM How does he rate Mesut Ozil? “He’s one of the biggest talents at Arsenal and I want talented players here I want to spend time with him, and all the players. I want to speak with them about how inspired and excited I am to be here and I want the players to feel that as well. This is a wonderful project and we all need to give 100%.” 2:47PM Taking on Guardiola and Mourinho... “In terms of my past experience, it makes me feel stronger and also allows me to have a guide to my future trajectory. I'm very excited to be here, against top coaches and top teams, and have to say the Premier League now it right at the top. “I speak with a lot of coaches, those are private conversations, but now that I’m here all information is welcome.” 2:43PM Can Arsenal win the Champions League? “All titles are important for us. We can, and want to be, candidates for them. I don’t promise today we will win, but I can promise you we will work hard, will work together, will work with emotion, demanding to find all the objectives.” 2:40PM Why Arsenal? “I had three fantastic meetings in terms of who was at those meetings. First I met with Ivan, Raul and Sven, they analysed me as a person and a coach, and thought I could be an option for this team. I have to say after a three-hour meeting there was fantastic chemistry between us. That came simply from the fact it was Arsenal, a wonderful history, and I hoped there could be a new future for the club. The second meeting was with the owners, the heart of the club, they transmitted what the fans wanted and I felt a positive energy. My third meeting was in Atlanta and again I had a fantastic feeling. Everything has been very positive in terms of the challenge, which makes me very proud and is a great opportunity to grow. “Success would be developing, and that’s about battling for every title. It’s in Arsenal’s history and it’s in my history as well. We want to be among the best teams in Europe. I want the team to make the fans proud of the side. I know they are already but I want to make them even more so.” 2:37PM What is his style of management? “In my career I am very demanding for all, demanding of the players also. My idea is to be a protagonist for all of the match. We play against teams with this personality, and I think the history here shows they love playing with possession of the ball. I like this, and when you don’t have possession of the ball I want a squad very, very intense in pressing. It’s two things that are very important for me. Being a protagonist, possession of the ball, and pressing.” 2:36PM The interview process... “In all the meetings with the people – Ivan, Raul, Sven – the connection was very important. We spoke about all they want and I want to work together, on this club, this responsibility. To know my ambition, my passion. It is a big responsibility but I think this feeling is very important and my experiences with big clubs are important. All the conversations are very good.” 2:34PM Does he have any transfer targets? “I believe in the players we have here. We can grow with these players and the objective is to work hard with these talented players, to work to be a candidate for all the titles in the future. Then it’s very important for the club, after two years outside the Champions League, to work towards this, to arrive and be the best team in the Premier League and also the world.” 2:32PM The future of Jack Wilshere... “I don’t want to speak about any of the players today. We think we need to change little things. Today I want to work, want to speak globally for the squad.” 2:25PM '¿Habla usted inglés?' It appears he does. Despite a number of reports claiming the 46-year-old Basque does not speak English, the new Arsenal head coach has just delivered his first press conference as an employee of the north London club. In English. “Thank you Ivan, Raul and Sven. The first meeting with Arsenal personnel was with people who, after three hours, I had a very good feeling that we will work together and create a new present and future for Arsenal,” he said. “My English is not the very best now and I want to make an effort to speak with you to explain my ambition. I am very excited for this opportunity at a big club, a great city and stadium. “In my career every year I grow up with a new challenge. For me the challenge is a dream come true. “Now? To know you. And all the conversations with Ivan and people who work here, to give me all the information about the club. I know all the players, I think they are very important and I want to speak individually with them face to face.” 2:21PM Ivan Gazidis on Arsenal's new appointment ... Apologies if you were watching our live video and were, like us, a little flummoxed by the Spanish feed. Here's what was said by Arsenal chief executive Gazidis: “I’m really delighted and excited to announce the new head coach. I know that came as a bit of a surprise, perhaps there were one or two rewrites necessary. But those who know won’t speak and those who speak won’t know. I’ll give you a little insight into the process. We formed a three-person committee of me, Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi. We had some clear criteria: aggressive, entertaining football; personality that fitted with Arsenal’s values; also a record of developing players through detailed tactical instruction and also cultural demand, pushing players. “We looked through and analysed on the basis that every coach in the world would be interested in this position. We don’t believe any position in world football is more attractive. We created an eight-person longlist. All of them were interested and took part in extensive, in-person interviews. None of them at any stage withdrew their interest. So we were in a fortunate position to make our first choice, and that’s what we did. Our first interviewee was conducted on 25th April, our last was conducted on 15th May and we interviewed Unai on 10th May. We made our unanimous recommendation to the board on 18th may, accompanied by a 100-page dossier. We then met with London members of our board on Monday this week. Unai and Raul and I flew to Atlanta and met Josh and Stan Kroenke and flew back on the red-eye last night. “So why Unai Emery? I’ve followed Unai’s career very closely and he’s always been on my radar screen. He’s got a fantastic record wherever he’s gone and his team’s improve over time. He’s a superb fit with the criteria I laid out. But it’s important to move this beyond the paper exercise and having taken third-person references it was very important to move to personal meetings. Unai was incredibly impressive, he came in extraordinary well prepared, he had an analysis of all of our individual players, their qualities and how he believes he can help them develop individually and collectively, and also detailed analysis of our off-field team. “But this wasn’t a purely technical exercise. What also distinguished Unai was the chemistry between us and feeling for football in the room. His detail, hard work, love for football and will to win made us think this fit was exactly right.” 10:57AM 'Past success suggests Arsenal could suit Emery' Sam Wallace, our chief football writer, believes Unai Emery's entrance into the English game will be unforgettable, one way or another. Read what Sam has to say about Arsenal's new Basque head coach ... 10:26AM 'Emery could have very good success at Arsenal' Claudio Ranieri, the former Leicester City and Chelsea manager, has backed the new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery to succeed once he takes over the reins at the Emirates Stadium. “He’s a good man, a good coach,” Ranieri told Sky Sports this morning. “He managed a lot in Spain and had a very good season with PSG but in Paris you have to win the Champions League – that is the target there. Claudio Ranieri has backed the new Arsenal head coach to succeed Credit: AP “Unai is a very strong man, a good manager and I think he could have very good success there. I think they need three or four years to stay calm then restart. But football is fantastic; you never know what could happen.” 10:15AM Guardiola: Emery is a top manager Following the breaking news that Unai Emery will become the new Arsenal head coach, or friends at Sky Sports News have been busying themselves canvassing the opinions of whoever they can get hold of on the appointment. Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, reckons Ivan Gazidis et al have landed themselves a good on in the 46-year-old Basque. "[Emery is a] top manager. His career speaks for itself," Guardiola said a short while ago. Unai Emery (left) replaces Arsene Wenger as top boy at the Emirates Stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES "He did it perfectly in Spain with many teams – Valencia, Sevilla – and he did really well in France. So, welcome to England. Another good manager is coming here." 10:03AM How did Emery land the big Arsenal job? Unai Emery, according to our own Matt Law, was not on Arsenal's original shortlist of potential new managers or head coaches: Emery did not feature on Arsenal’s original shortlist of potential successors to Arsene Wenger before eventually landing the job ahead of Mikel Arteta. But Telegraph Sport understands first contact between the two parties was only made 10 days ago – after most of the interviews had already taken place. The likes of Arteta, Patrick Vieira and Max Allegri were all first sounded out over the Arsenal post over a fortnight ago after Arsenal had drawn up their original shortlist. Emery was only put on to the club’s radar by an agent once a number of candidates were waiting to hear back about their own interviews or had pulled out of the race themselves. Read the full story here ... 9:56AM Emery to be unveiled as new head coach later today Unai Emery, the new Arsenal head coach, will be unveiled unveiled at a press conference at the Emirates Stadium later this afternoon. Unai Emery 'accidentally' broke the news on his website on Tuesday night Emery's arrival in north London follows the appointments of Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations and Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment over the past year. Interestingly, Emery's job title of head coach would suggest the club are keen to move away from the model formed under Arsene Wenger, with the Spaniard expected to work closely with Sanllehi and Mislintat as the Basque plots to bring the good times back to the club. 9:43AM The Arsenal statement in full ... Unai Emery is to become our new head coach. He joins the club after completing a two-year spell at Paris Saint-Germain, where he recently landed the treble of Ligue 1, Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue. Unai, 46, previously spent three seasons with Sevilla, leading them to an unprecedented three consecutive Europa League titles, establishing the club as a major force in the Spanish league. Announcing the appointment, chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly. His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward. “We conducted a confidential, wide-ranging and rigorous search involving extensive background references, data and video analysis, and personal meetings with all the candidates we shortlisted. All were interested in the position and we were unanimous in our choice of Unai to drive the next chapter of our history.” What can Arsenal expect from new manager Unai Emery? Majority owner Stan Kroenke said: “We’re delighted to welcome Unai to Arsenal. He’s a proven winner. We’re confident that he is the right person for the job and that he will work to deliver the triumphs our fans, staff and everyone who cares about Arsenal want. “Several things stood out during his interview and the entire process; his football knowledge, energy, determination and love of the game. His familiarity with our club and our players, the Premier League and the game in Europe were all very impressive. He shares our vision to move forward, to build on the platform created by Arsène Wenger and help this club enjoy greater success.” Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? Unai said: “I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game. Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history. I have met Stan and Josh Kroenke and it’s clear they have great ambitions for the club and are committed to bringing future success. I’m excited about what we can do together and I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories.” Unai started his coaching career at Lorca Deportiva in 2005 after playing mostly in the Spanish second division. He went on to coach Almeria, Valencia and Spartak Moscow before joining Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain. The appointment is subject to the completion of regulatory processes. 9:41AM Emery appointed as successor to Wenger Arsenal have confirmed that Unai Emery will become the club's new head coach, subject to the completion of regulatory processes. Emery, 46, left Paris St-Germain at the end of the season having won three trophies and will replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium. The Spaniard emerged as a surprise favourite earlier this week after it had seemed former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job. Instead the role has gone to Emery, who won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla before moving to PSG in 2016. Wenger departed at the end of the season following a 22-year reign, with the club finishing sixth in the Premier League.
How Unai Emery broke the news story on his own website Sam Wallace: Past success suggests this job could suit him What style can Arsenal expect from their new head coach? Jason Burt: Unai Emery is meticulous, intense and demanding Emery to be presented as head coach in 2pm press conference ... ... Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis to join Emery at Emirates Unai Emery paid tribute to the legacy left by Arsene Wenger as he set out his vision for the "big challenge" after taking over as head coach at Arsenal. Emery, 46, left Paris St Germain at the end of the season having won the domestic treble and will replace Wenger at the Emirates Stadium following the end of the Frenchman's 22-year reign. Spaniard Emery - who emerged as the shock favourite earlier this week after it had seemed former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job - is set to fit into a new structure behind the scenes. "We will create a new present and a new future for Arsenal. I want to say thank you Arsene Wenger for your legacy. For all the coaches in the world, he is a reference. We learned, I learned from him all the things in football," Emery said at a press conference, choosing to speak in English rather than via a translator. "It's a big challenge for me, but I have worked also in other projects, big projects. For me, I am proud to be here and to work after Arsene Wenger." Emery, who won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla before moving to PSG in 2016, maintained he had his own plans about how to take Arsenal forward, the club having finished sixth in the Premier League last season. Why Emery got the Arsenal job "Our objective is to be among the best teams in Europe, to win titles and to be in the elite of European teams. I also want the team to make the fans proud. I know they are already and I want them to be even more so," he said. On the future of midfielder Jack Wilshere, whose current contract is set to run out, Emery added: "I want today to speak about the team globally, not individually about the players today. "This team is a big team, great players, we think we need to change little things." Chief executive Ivan Gazidis explained Emery was the stand-out candidate on an eight-man shortlist for the Arsenal job. "We had some clear criteria we were looking for," said Gazidis. "We wanted progressive, entertaining football, personality to fit Arsenal values and a reputation for developing players and also, through cultural demands, demanding more from them. "His teams improve over time. We also felt for some time that he is a superb fit with the criteria I laid out. He came in extraordinarily well-prepared with a detailed knowledge of Arsenal Football Club. Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? "He had an analysis to share with us, not just his ways of working, his ways of coaching, the team of people that he works with, but he had an analysis of all of our individual players - their qualities and how he believes he can help them develop individually and collectively - and also an in-depth analysis of our off-the-field team and how they can contribute. "The thing that distinguished Unai was the chemistry between us. He has an energy, a competitive energy, and will to win that made us think this was a perfect fit for Arsenal." The club are yet to confirm if Emery will bring in any of his own backroom staff, although Juan Carlos Carcedo, Pablo Villanueva, Julen Masach and Victor Manas have all reportedly been lined up for roles. When asked how big a rebuilding job it is for Emery, chief executive Gazidis said: "I think all of our players will respond to the new energy that Unai brings. I think they will have somebody under whom they can improve their individual game and our collective game. "I don't think anybody believes that sixth place is a place that a club of the stature of Arsenal should be. We need to look to improve that." 2:49PM How does he rate Mesut Ozil? “He’s one of the biggest talents at Arsenal and I want talented players here I want to spend time with him, and all the players. I want to speak with them about how inspired and excited I am to be here and I want the players to feel that as well. This is a wonderful project and we all need to give 100%.” 2:47PM Taking on Guardiola and Mourinho... “In terms of my past experience, it makes me feel stronger and also allows me to have a guide to my future trajectory. I'm very excited to be here, against top coaches and top teams, and have to say the Premier League now it right at the top. “I speak with a lot of coaches, those are private conversations, but now that I’m here all information is welcome.” 2:43PM Can Arsenal win the Champions League? “All titles are important for us. We can, and want to be, candidates for them. I don’t promise today we will win, but I can promise you we will work hard, will work together, will work with emotion, demanding to find all the objectives.” 2:40PM Why Arsenal? “I had three fantastic meetings in terms of who was at those meetings. First I met with Ivan, Raul and Sven, they analysed me as a person and a coach, and thought I could be an option for this team. I have to say after a three-hour meeting there was fantastic chemistry between us. That came simply from the fact it was Arsenal, a wonderful history, and I hoped there could be a new future for the club. The second meeting was with the owners, the heart of the club, they transmitted what the fans wanted and I felt a positive energy. My third meeting was in Atlanta and again I had a fantastic feeling. Everything has been very positive in terms of the challenge, which makes me very proud and is a great opportunity to grow. “Success would be developing, and that’s about battling for every title. It’s in Arsenal’s history and it’s in my history as well. We want to be among the best teams in Europe. I want the team to make the fans proud of the side. I know they are already but I want to make them even more so.” 2:37PM What is his style of management? “In my career I am very demanding for all, demanding of the players also. My idea is to be a protagonist for all of the match. We play against teams with this personality, and I think the history here shows they love playing with possession of the ball. I like this, and when you don’t have possession of the ball I want a squad very, very intense in pressing. It’s two things that are very important for me. Being a protagonist, possession of the ball, and pressing.” 2:36PM The interview process... “In all the meetings with the people – Ivan, Raul, Sven – the connection was very important. We spoke about all they want and I want to work together, on this club, this responsibility. To know my ambition, my passion. It is a big responsibility but I think this feeling is very important and my experiences with big clubs are important. All the conversations are very good.” 2:34PM Does he have any transfer targets? “I believe in the players we have here. We can grow with these players and the objective is to work hard with these talented players, to work to be a candidate for all the titles in the future. Then it’s very important for the club, after two years outside the Champions League, to work towards this, to arrive and be the best team in the Premier League and also the world.” 2:32PM The future of Jack Wilshere... “I don’t want to speak about any of the players today. We think we need to change little things. Today I want to work, want to speak globally for the squad.” 2:25PM '¿Habla usted inglés?' It appears he does. Despite a number of reports claiming the 46-year-old Basque does not speak English, the new Arsenal head coach has just delivered his first press conference as an employee of the north London club. In English. “Thank you Ivan, Raul and Sven. The first meeting with Arsenal personnel was with people who, after three hours, I had a very good feeling that we will work together and create a new present and future for Arsenal,” he said. “My English is not the very best now and I want to make an effort to speak with you to explain my ambition. I am very excited for this opportunity at a big club, a great city and stadium. “In my career every year I grow up with a new challenge. For me the challenge is a dream come true. “Now? To know you. And all the conversations with Ivan and people who work here, to give me all the information about the club. I know all the players, I think they are very important and I want to speak individually with them face to face.” 2:21PM Ivan Gazidis on Arsenal's new appointment ... Apologies if you were watching our live video and were, like us, a little flummoxed by the Spanish feed. Here's what was said by Arsenal chief executive Gazidis: “I’m really delighted and excited to announce the new head coach. I know that came as a bit of a surprise, perhaps there were one or two rewrites necessary. But those who know won’t speak and those who speak won’t know. I’ll give you a little insight into the process. We formed a three-person committee of me, Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi. We had some clear criteria: aggressive, entertaining football; personality that fitted with Arsenal’s values; also a record of developing players through detailed tactical instruction and also cultural demand, pushing players. “We looked through and analysed on the basis that every coach in the world would be interested in this position. We don’t believe any position in world football is more attractive. We created an eight-person longlist. All of them were interested and took part in extensive, in-person interviews. None of them at any stage withdrew their interest. So we were in a fortunate position to make our first choice, and that’s what we did. Our first interviewee was conducted on 25th April, our last was conducted on 15th May and we interviewed Unai on 10th May. We made our unanimous recommendation to the board on 18th may, accompanied by a 100-page dossier. We then met with London members of our board on Monday this week. Unai and Raul and I flew to Atlanta and met Josh and Stan Kroenke and flew back on the red-eye last night. “So why Unai Emery? I’ve followed Unai’s career very closely and he’s always been on my radar screen. He’s got a fantastic record wherever he’s gone and his team’s improve over time. He’s a superb fit with the criteria I laid out. But it’s important to move this beyond the paper exercise and having taken third-person references it was very important to move to personal meetings. Unai was incredibly impressive, he came in extraordinary well prepared, he had an analysis of all of our individual players, their qualities and how he believes he can help them develop individually and collectively, and also detailed analysis of our off-field team. “But this wasn’t a purely technical exercise. What also distinguished Unai was the chemistry between us and feeling for football in the room. His detail, hard work, love for football and will to win made us think this fit was exactly right.” 10:57AM 'Past success suggests Arsenal could suit Emery' Sam Wallace, our chief football writer, believes Unai Emery's entrance into the English game will be unforgettable, one way or another. Read what Sam has to say about Arsenal's new Basque head coach ... 10:26AM 'Emery could have very good success at Arsenal' Claudio Ranieri, the former Leicester City and Chelsea manager, has backed the new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery to succeed once he takes over the reins at the Emirates Stadium. “He’s a good man, a good coach,” Ranieri told Sky Sports this morning. “He managed a lot in Spain and had a very good season with PSG but in Paris you have to win the Champions League – that is the target there. Claudio Ranieri has backed the new Arsenal head coach to succeed Credit: AP “Unai is a very strong man, a good manager and I think he could have very good success there. I think they need three or four years to stay calm then restart. But football is fantastic; you never know what could happen.” 10:15AM Guardiola: Emery is a top manager Following the breaking news that Unai Emery will become the new Arsenal head coach, or friends at Sky Sports News have been busying themselves canvassing the opinions of whoever they can get hold of on the appointment. Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, reckons Ivan Gazidis et al have landed themselves a good on in the 46-year-old Basque. "[Emery is a] top manager. His career speaks for itself," Guardiola said a short while ago. Unai Emery (left) replaces Arsene Wenger as top boy at the Emirates Stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES "He did it perfectly in Spain with many teams – Valencia, Sevilla – and he did really well in France. So, welcome to England. Another good manager is coming here." 10:03AM How did Emery land the big Arsenal job? Unai Emery, according to our own Matt Law, was not on Arsenal's original shortlist of potential new managers or head coaches: Emery did not feature on Arsenal’s original shortlist of potential successors to Arsene Wenger before eventually landing the job ahead of Mikel Arteta. But Telegraph Sport understands first contact between the two parties was only made 10 days ago – after most of the interviews had already taken place. The likes of Arteta, Patrick Vieira and Max Allegri were all first sounded out over the Arsenal post over a fortnight ago after Arsenal had drawn up their original shortlist. Emery was only put on to the club’s radar by an agent once a number of candidates were waiting to hear back about their own interviews or had pulled out of the race themselves. Read the full story here ... 9:56AM Emery to be unveiled as new head coach later today Unai Emery, the new Arsenal head coach, will be unveiled unveiled at a press conference at the Emirates Stadium later this afternoon. Unai Emery 'accidentally' broke the news on his website on Tuesday night Emery's arrival in north London follows the appointments of Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations and Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment over the past year. Interestingly, Emery's job title of head coach would suggest the club are keen to move away from the model formed under Arsene Wenger, with the Spaniard expected to work closely with Sanllehi and Mislintat as the Basque plots to bring the good times back to the club. 9:43AM The Arsenal statement in full ... Unai Emery is to become our new head coach. He joins the club after completing a two-year spell at Paris Saint-Germain, where he recently landed the treble of Ligue 1, Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue. Unai, 46, previously spent three seasons with Sevilla, leading them to an unprecedented three consecutive Europa League titles, establishing the club as a major force in the Spanish league. Announcing the appointment, chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly. His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward. “We conducted a confidential, wide-ranging and rigorous search involving extensive background references, data and video analysis, and personal meetings with all the candidates we shortlisted. All were interested in the position and we were unanimous in our choice of Unai to drive the next chapter of our history.” What can Arsenal expect from new manager Unai Emery? Majority owner Stan Kroenke said: “We’re delighted to welcome Unai to Arsenal. He’s a proven winner. We’re confident that he is the right person for the job and that he will work to deliver the triumphs our fans, staff and everyone who cares about Arsenal want. “Several things stood out during his interview and the entire process; his football knowledge, energy, determination and love of the game. His familiarity with our club and our players, the Premier League and the game in Europe were all very impressive. He shares our vision to move forward, to build on the platform created by Arsène Wenger and help this club enjoy greater success.” Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? Unai said: “I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game. Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history. I have met Stan and Josh Kroenke and it’s clear they have great ambitions for the club and are committed to bringing future success. I’m excited about what we can do together and I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories.” Unai started his coaching career at Lorca Deportiva in 2005 after playing mostly in the Spanish second division. He went on to coach Almeria, Valencia and Spartak Moscow before joining Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain. The appointment is subject to the completion of regulatory processes. 9:41AM Emery appointed as successor to Wenger Arsenal have confirmed that Unai Emery will become the club's new head coach, subject to the completion of regulatory processes. Emery, 46, left Paris St-Germain at the end of the season having won three trophies and will replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium. The Spaniard emerged as a surprise favourite earlier this week after it had seemed former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job. Instead the role has gone to Emery, who won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla before moving to PSG in 2016. Wenger departed at the end of the season following a 22-year reign, with the club finishing sixth in the Premier League.
Unai Emery says 'we will create a new future for Arsenal' as Spaniard unveiled as Arsene Wenger's successor
How Unai Emery broke the news story on his own website Sam Wallace: Past success suggests this job could suit him What style can Arsenal expect from their new head coach? Jason Burt: Unai Emery is meticulous, intense and demanding Emery to be presented as head coach in 2pm press conference ... ... Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis to join Emery at Emirates Unai Emery paid tribute to the legacy left by Arsene Wenger as he set out his vision for the "big challenge" after taking over as head coach at Arsenal. Emery, 46, left Paris St Germain at the end of the season having won the domestic treble and will replace Wenger at the Emirates Stadium following the end of the Frenchman's 22-year reign. Spaniard Emery - who emerged as the shock favourite earlier this week after it had seemed former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job - is set to fit into a new structure behind the scenes. "We will create a new present and a new future for Arsenal. I want to say thank you Arsene Wenger for your legacy. For all the coaches in the world, he is a reference. We learned, I learned from him all the things in football," Emery said at a press conference, choosing to speak in English rather than via a translator. "It's a big challenge for me, but I have worked also in other projects, big projects. For me, I am proud to be here and to work after Arsene Wenger." Emery, who won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla before moving to PSG in 2016, maintained he had his own plans about how to take Arsenal forward, the club having finished sixth in the Premier League last season. Why Emery got the Arsenal job "Our objective is to be among the best teams in Europe, to win titles and to be in the elite of European teams. I also want the team to make the fans proud. I know they are already and I want them to be even more so," he said. On the future of midfielder Jack Wilshere, whose current contract is set to run out, Emery added: "I want today to speak about the team globally, not individually about the players today. "This team is a big team, great players, we think we need to change little things." Chief executive Ivan Gazidis explained Emery was the stand-out candidate on an eight-man shortlist for the Arsenal job. "We had some clear criteria we were looking for," said Gazidis. "We wanted progressive, entertaining football, personality to fit Arsenal values and a reputation for developing players and also, through cultural demands, demanding more from them. "His teams improve over time. We also felt for some time that he is a superb fit with the criteria I laid out. He came in extraordinarily well-prepared with a detailed knowledge of Arsenal Football Club. Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? "He had an analysis to share with us, not just his ways of working, his ways of coaching, the team of people that he works with, but he had an analysis of all of our individual players - their qualities and how he believes he can help them develop individually and collectively - and also an in-depth analysis of our off-the-field team and how they can contribute. "The thing that distinguished Unai was the chemistry between us. He has an energy, a competitive energy, and will to win that made us think this was a perfect fit for Arsenal." The club are yet to confirm if Emery will bring in any of his own backroom staff, although Juan Carlos Carcedo, Pablo Villanueva, Julen Masach and Victor Manas have all reportedly been lined up for roles. When asked how big a rebuilding job it is for Emery, chief executive Gazidis said: "I think all of our players will respond to the new energy that Unai brings. I think they will have somebody under whom they can improve their individual game and our collective game. "I don't think anybody believes that sixth place is a place that a club of the stature of Arsenal should be. We need to look to improve that." 2:49PM How does he rate Mesut Ozil? “He’s one of the biggest talents at Arsenal and I want talented players here I want to spend time with him, and all the players. I want to speak with them about how inspired and excited I am to be here and I want the players to feel that as well. This is a wonderful project and we all need to give 100%.” 2:47PM Taking on Guardiola and Mourinho... “In terms of my past experience, it makes me feel stronger and also allows me to have a guide to my future trajectory. I'm very excited to be here, against top coaches and top teams, and have to say the Premier League now it right at the top. “I speak with a lot of coaches, those are private conversations, but now that I’m here all information is welcome.” 2:43PM Can Arsenal win the Champions League? “All titles are important for us. We can, and want to be, candidates for them. I don’t promise today we will win, but I can promise you we will work hard, will work together, will work with emotion, demanding to find all the objectives.” 2:40PM Why Arsenal? “I had three fantastic meetings in terms of who was at those meetings. First I met with Ivan, Raul and Sven, they analysed me as a person and a coach, and thought I could be an option for this team. I have to say after a three-hour meeting there was fantastic chemistry between us. That came simply from the fact it was Arsenal, a wonderful history, and I hoped there could be a new future for the club. The second meeting was with the owners, the heart of the club, they transmitted what the fans wanted and I felt a positive energy. My third meeting was in Atlanta and again I had a fantastic feeling. Everything has been very positive in terms of the challenge, which makes me very proud and is a great opportunity to grow. “Success would be developing, and that’s about battling for every title. It’s in Arsenal’s history and it’s in my history as well. We want to be among the best teams in Europe. I want the team to make the fans proud of the side. I know they are already but I want to make them even more so.” 2:37PM What is his style of management? “In my career I am very demanding for all, demanding of the players also. My idea is to be a protagonist for all of the match. We play against teams with this personality, and I think the history here shows they love playing with possession of the ball. I like this, and when you don’t have possession of the ball I want a squad very, very intense in pressing. It’s two things that are very important for me. Being a protagonist, possession of the ball, and pressing.” 2:36PM The interview process... “In all the meetings with the people – Ivan, Raul, Sven – the connection was very important. We spoke about all they want and I want to work together, on this club, this responsibility. To know my ambition, my passion. It is a big responsibility but I think this feeling is very important and my experiences with big clubs are important. All the conversations are very good.” 2:34PM Does he have any transfer targets? “I believe in the players we have here. We can grow with these players and the objective is to work hard with these talented players, to work to be a candidate for all the titles in the future. Then it’s very important for the club, after two years outside the Champions League, to work towards this, to arrive and be the best team in the Premier League and also the world.” 2:32PM The future of Jack Wilshere... “I don’t want to speak about any of the players today. We think we need to change little things. Today I want to work, want to speak globally for the squad.” 2:25PM '¿Habla usted inglés?' It appears he does. Despite a number of reports claiming the 46-year-old Basque does not speak English, the new Arsenal head coach has just delivered his first press conference as an employee of the north London club. In English. “Thank you Ivan, Raul and Sven. The first meeting with Arsenal personnel was with people who, after three hours, I had a very good feeling that we will work together and create a new present and future for Arsenal,” he said. “My English is not the very best now and I want to make an effort to speak with you to explain my ambition. I am very excited for this opportunity at a big club, a great city and stadium. “In my career every year I grow up with a new challenge. For me the challenge is a dream come true. “Now? To know you. And all the conversations with Ivan and people who work here, to give me all the information about the club. I know all the players, I think they are very important and I want to speak individually with them face to face.” 2:21PM Ivan Gazidis on Arsenal's new appointment ... Apologies if you were watching our live video and were, like us, a little flummoxed by the Spanish feed. Here's what was said by Arsenal chief executive Gazidis: “I’m really delighted and excited to announce the new head coach. I know that came as a bit of a surprise, perhaps there were one or two rewrites necessary. But those who know won’t speak and those who speak won’t know. I’ll give you a little insight into the process. We formed a three-person committee of me, Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi. We had some clear criteria: aggressive, entertaining football; personality that fitted with Arsenal’s values; also a record of developing players through detailed tactical instruction and also cultural demand, pushing players. “We looked through and analysed on the basis that every coach in the world would be interested in this position. We don’t believe any position in world football is more attractive. We created an eight-person longlist. All of them were interested and took part in extensive, in-person interviews. None of them at any stage withdrew their interest. So we were in a fortunate position to make our first choice, and that’s what we did. Our first interviewee was conducted on 25th April, our last was conducted on 15th May and we interviewed Unai on 10th May. We made our unanimous recommendation to the board on 18th may, accompanied by a 100-page dossier. We then met with London members of our board on Monday this week. Unai and Raul and I flew to Atlanta and met Josh and Stan Kroenke and flew back on the red-eye last night. “So why Unai Emery? I’ve followed Unai’s career very closely and he’s always been on my radar screen. He’s got a fantastic record wherever he’s gone and his team’s improve over time. He’s a superb fit with the criteria I laid out. But it’s important to move this beyond the paper exercise and having taken third-person references it was very important to move to personal meetings. Unai was incredibly impressive, he came in extraordinary well prepared, he had an analysis of all of our individual players, their qualities and how he believes he can help them develop individually and collectively, and also detailed analysis of our off-field team. “But this wasn’t a purely technical exercise. What also distinguished Unai was the chemistry between us and feeling for football in the room. His detail, hard work, love for football and will to win made us think this fit was exactly right.” 10:57AM 'Past success suggests Arsenal could suit Emery' Sam Wallace, our chief football writer, believes Unai Emery's entrance into the English game will be unforgettable, one way or another. Read what Sam has to say about Arsenal's new Basque head coach ... 10:26AM 'Emery could have very good success at Arsenal' Claudio Ranieri, the former Leicester City and Chelsea manager, has backed the new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery to succeed once he takes over the reins at the Emirates Stadium. “He’s a good man, a good coach,” Ranieri told Sky Sports this morning. “He managed a lot in Spain and had a very good season with PSG but in Paris you have to win the Champions League – that is the target there. Claudio Ranieri has backed the new Arsenal head coach to succeed Credit: AP “Unai is a very strong man, a good manager and I think he could have very good success there. I think they need three or four years to stay calm then restart. But football is fantastic; you never know what could happen.” 10:15AM Guardiola: Emery is a top manager Following the breaking news that Unai Emery will become the new Arsenal head coach, or friends at Sky Sports News have been busying themselves canvassing the opinions of whoever they can get hold of on the appointment. Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, reckons Ivan Gazidis et al have landed themselves a good on in the 46-year-old Basque. "[Emery is a] top manager. His career speaks for itself," Guardiola said a short while ago. Unai Emery (left) replaces Arsene Wenger as top boy at the Emirates Stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES "He did it perfectly in Spain with many teams – Valencia, Sevilla – and he did really well in France. So, welcome to England. Another good manager is coming here." 10:03AM How did Emery land the big Arsenal job? Unai Emery, according to our own Matt Law, was not on Arsenal's original shortlist of potential new managers or head coaches: Emery did not feature on Arsenal’s original shortlist of potential successors to Arsene Wenger before eventually landing the job ahead of Mikel Arteta. But Telegraph Sport understands first contact between the two parties was only made 10 days ago – after most of the interviews had already taken place. The likes of Arteta, Patrick Vieira and Max Allegri were all first sounded out over the Arsenal post over a fortnight ago after Arsenal had drawn up their original shortlist. Emery was only put on to the club’s radar by an agent once a number of candidates were waiting to hear back about their own interviews or had pulled out of the race themselves. Read the full story here ... 9:56AM Emery to be unveiled as new head coach later today Unai Emery, the new Arsenal head coach, will be unveiled unveiled at a press conference at the Emirates Stadium later this afternoon. Unai Emery 'accidentally' broke the news on his website on Tuesday night Emery's arrival in north London follows the appointments of Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations and Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment over the past year. Interestingly, Emery's job title of head coach would suggest the club are keen to move away from the model formed under Arsene Wenger, with the Spaniard expected to work closely with Sanllehi and Mislintat as the Basque plots to bring the good times back to the club. 9:43AM The Arsenal statement in full ... Unai Emery is to become our new head coach. He joins the club after completing a two-year spell at Paris Saint-Germain, where he recently landed the treble of Ligue 1, Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue. Unai, 46, previously spent three seasons with Sevilla, leading them to an unprecedented three consecutive Europa League titles, establishing the club as a major force in the Spanish league. Announcing the appointment, chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly. His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward. “We conducted a confidential, wide-ranging and rigorous search involving extensive background references, data and video analysis, and personal meetings with all the candidates we shortlisted. All were interested in the position and we were unanimous in our choice of Unai to drive the next chapter of our history.” What can Arsenal expect from new manager Unai Emery? Majority owner Stan Kroenke said: “We’re delighted to welcome Unai to Arsenal. He’s a proven winner. We’re confident that he is the right person for the job and that he will work to deliver the triumphs our fans, staff and everyone who cares about Arsenal want. “Several things stood out during his interview and the entire process; his football knowledge, energy, determination and love of the game. His familiarity with our club and our players, the Premier League and the game in Europe were all very impressive. He shares our vision to move forward, to build on the platform created by Arsène Wenger and help this club enjoy greater success.” Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? Unai said: “I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game. Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history. I have met Stan and Josh Kroenke and it’s clear they have great ambitions for the club and are committed to bringing future success. I’m excited about what we can do together and I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories.” Unai started his coaching career at Lorca Deportiva in 2005 after playing mostly in the Spanish second division. He went on to coach Almeria, Valencia and Spartak Moscow before joining Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain. The appointment is subject to the completion of regulatory processes. 9:41AM Emery appointed as successor to Wenger Arsenal have confirmed that Unai Emery will become the club's new head coach, subject to the completion of regulatory processes. Emery, 46, left Paris St-Germain at the end of the season having won three trophies and will replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium. The Spaniard emerged as a surprise favourite earlier this week after it had seemed former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job. Instead the role has gone to Emery, who won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla before moving to PSG in 2016. Wenger departed at the end of the season following a 22-year reign, with the club finishing sixth in the Premier League.
How Unai Emery broke the news story on his own website Sam Wallace: Past success suggests this job could suit him What style can Arsenal expect from their new head coach? Jason Burt: Unai Emery is meticulous, intense and demanding Emery to be presented as head coach in 2pm press conference ... ... Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis to join Emery at Emirates Unai Emery paid tribute to the legacy left by Arsene Wenger as he set out his vision for the "big challenge" after taking over as head coach at Arsenal. Emery, 46, left Paris St Germain at the end of the season having won the domestic treble and will replace Wenger at the Emirates Stadium following the end of the Frenchman's 22-year reign. Spaniard Emery - who emerged as the shock favourite earlier this week after it had seemed former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job - is set to fit into a new structure behind the scenes. "We will create a new present and a new future for Arsenal. I want to say thank you Arsene Wenger for your legacy. For all the coaches in the world, he is a reference. We learned, I learned from him all the things in football," Emery said at a press conference, choosing to speak in English rather than via a translator. "It's a big challenge for me, but I have worked also in other projects, big projects. For me, I am proud to be here and to work after Arsene Wenger." Emery, who won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla before moving to PSG in 2016, maintained he had his own plans about how to take Arsenal forward, the club having finished sixth in the Premier League last season. Why Emery got the Arsenal job "Our objective is to be among the best teams in Europe, to win titles and to be in the elite of European teams. I also want the team to make the fans proud. I know they are already and I want them to be even more so," he said. On the future of midfielder Jack Wilshere, whose current contract is set to run out, Emery added: "I want today to speak about the team globally, not individually about the players today. "This team is a big team, great players, we think we need to change little things." Chief executive Ivan Gazidis explained Emery was the stand-out candidate on an eight-man shortlist for the Arsenal job. "We had some clear criteria we were looking for," said Gazidis. "We wanted progressive, entertaining football, personality to fit Arsenal values and a reputation for developing players and also, through cultural demands, demanding more from them. "His teams improve over time. We also felt for some time that he is a superb fit with the criteria I laid out. He came in extraordinarily well-prepared with a detailed knowledge of Arsenal Football Club. Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? "He had an analysis to share with us, not just his ways of working, his ways of coaching, the team of people that he works with, but he had an analysis of all of our individual players - their qualities and how he believes he can help them develop individually and collectively - and also an in-depth analysis of our off-the-field team and how they can contribute. "The thing that distinguished Unai was the chemistry between us. He has an energy, a competitive energy, and will to win that made us think this was a perfect fit for Arsenal." The club are yet to confirm if Emery will bring in any of his own backroom staff, although Juan Carlos Carcedo, Pablo Villanueva, Julen Masach and Victor Manas have all reportedly been lined up for roles. When asked how big a rebuilding job it is for Emery, chief executive Gazidis said: "I think all of our players will respond to the new energy that Unai brings. I think they will have somebody under whom they can improve their individual game and our collective game. "I don't think anybody believes that sixth place is a place that a club of the stature of Arsenal should be. We need to look to improve that." 2:49PM How does he rate Mesut Ozil? “He’s one of the biggest talents at Arsenal and I want talented players here I want to spend time with him, and all the players. I want to speak with them about how inspired and excited I am to be here and I want the players to feel that as well. This is a wonderful project and we all need to give 100%.” 2:47PM Taking on Guardiola and Mourinho... “In terms of my past experience, it makes me feel stronger and also allows me to have a guide to my future trajectory. I'm very excited to be here, against top coaches and top teams, and have to say the Premier League now it right at the top. “I speak with a lot of coaches, those are private conversations, but now that I’m here all information is welcome.” 2:43PM Can Arsenal win the Champions League? “All titles are important for us. We can, and want to be, candidates for them. I don’t promise today we will win, but I can promise you we will work hard, will work together, will work with emotion, demanding to find all the objectives.” 2:40PM Why Arsenal? “I had three fantastic meetings in terms of who was at those meetings. First I met with Ivan, Raul and Sven, they analysed me as a person and a coach, and thought I could be an option for this team. I have to say after a three-hour meeting there was fantastic chemistry between us. That came simply from the fact it was Arsenal, a wonderful history, and I hoped there could be a new future for the club. The second meeting was with the owners, the heart of the club, they transmitted what the fans wanted and I felt a positive energy. My third meeting was in Atlanta and again I had a fantastic feeling. Everything has been very positive in terms of the challenge, which makes me very proud and is a great opportunity to grow. “Success would be developing, and that’s about battling for every title. It’s in Arsenal’s history and it’s in my history as well. We want to be among the best teams in Europe. I want the team to make the fans proud of the side. I know they are already but I want to make them even more so.” 2:37PM What is his style of management? “In my career I am very demanding for all, demanding of the players also. My idea is to be a protagonist for all of the match. We play against teams with this personality, and I think the history here shows they love playing with possession of the ball. I like this, and when you don’t have possession of the ball I want a squad very, very intense in pressing. It’s two things that are very important for me. Being a protagonist, possession of the ball, and pressing.” 2:36PM The interview process... “In all the meetings with the people – Ivan, Raul, Sven – the connection was very important. We spoke about all they want and I want to work together, on this club, this responsibility. To know my ambition, my passion. It is a big responsibility but I think this feeling is very important and my experiences with big clubs are important. All the conversations are very good.” 2:34PM Does he have any transfer targets? “I believe in the players we have here. We can grow with these players and the objective is to work hard with these talented players, to work to be a candidate for all the titles in the future. Then it’s very important for the club, after two years outside the Champions League, to work towards this, to arrive and be the best team in the Premier League and also the world.” 2:32PM The future of Jack Wilshere... “I don’t want to speak about any of the players today. We think we need to change little things. Today I want to work, want to speak globally for the squad.” 2:25PM '¿Habla usted inglés?' It appears he does. Despite a number of reports claiming the 46-year-old Basque does not speak English, the new Arsenal head coach has just delivered his first press conference as an employee of the north London club. In English. “Thank you Ivan, Raul and Sven. The first meeting with Arsenal personnel was with people who, after three hours, I had a very good feeling that we will work together and create a new present and future for Arsenal,” he said. “My English is not the very best now and I want to make an effort to speak with you to explain my ambition. I am very excited for this opportunity at a big club, a great city and stadium. “In my career every year I grow up with a new challenge. For me the challenge is a dream come true. “Now? To know you. And all the conversations with Ivan and people who work here, to give me all the information about the club. I know all the players, I think they are very important and I want to speak individually with them face to face.” 2:21PM Ivan Gazidis on Arsenal's new appointment ... Apologies if you were watching our live video and were, like us, a little flummoxed by the Spanish feed. Here's what was said by Arsenal chief executive Gazidis: “I’m really delighted and excited to announce the new head coach. I know that came as a bit of a surprise, perhaps there were one or two rewrites necessary. But those who know won’t speak and those who speak won’t know. I’ll give you a little insight into the process. We formed a three-person committee of me, Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi. We had some clear criteria: aggressive, entertaining football; personality that fitted with Arsenal’s values; also a record of developing players through detailed tactical instruction and also cultural demand, pushing players. “We looked through and analysed on the basis that every coach in the world would be interested in this position. We don’t believe any position in world football is more attractive. We created an eight-person longlist. All of them were interested and took part in extensive, in-person interviews. None of them at any stage withdrew their interest. So we were in a fortunate position to make our first choice, and that’s what we did. Our first interviewee was conducted on 25th April, our last was conducted on 15th May and we interviewed Unai on 10th May. We made our unanimous recommendation to the board on 18th may, accompanied by a 100-page dossier. We then met with London members of our board on Monday this week. Unai and Raul and I flew to Atlanta and met Josh and Stan Kroenke and flew back on the red-eye last night. “So why Unai Emery? I’ve followed Unai’s career very closely and he’s always been on my radar screen. He’s got a fantastic record wherever he’s gone and his team’s improve over time. He’s a superb fit with the criteria I laid out. But it’s important to move this beyond the paper exercise and having taken third-person references it was very important to move to personal meetings. Unai was incredibly impressive, he came in extraordinary well prepared, he had an analysis of all of our individual players, their qualities and how he believes he can help them develop individually and collectively, and also detailed analysis of our off-field team. “But this wasn’t a purely technical exercise. What also distinguished Unai was the chemistry between us and feeling for football in the room. His detail, hard work, love for football and will to win made us think this fit was exactly right.” 10:57AM 'Past success suggests Arsenal could suit Emery' Sam Wallace, our chief football writer, believes Unai Emery's entrance into the English game will be unforgettable, one way or another. Read what Sam has to say about Arsenal's new Basque head coach ... 10:26AM 'Emery could have very good success at Arsenal' Claudio Ranieri, the former Leicester City and Chelsea manager, has backed the new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery to succeed once he takes over the reins at the Emirates Stadium. “He’s a good man, a good coach,” Ranieri told Sky Sports this morning. “He managed a lot in Spain and had a very good season with PSG but in Paris you have to win the Champions League – that is the target there. Claudio Ranieri has backed the new Arsenal head coach to succeed Credit: AP “Unai is a very strong man, a good manager and I think he could have very good success there. I think they need three or four years to stay calm then restart. But football is fantastic; you never know what could happen.” 10:15AM Guardiola: Emery is a top manager Following the breaking news that Unai Emery will become the new Arsenal head coach, or friends at Sky Sports News have been busying themselves canvassing the opinions of whoever they can get hold of on the appointment. Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, reckons Ivan Gazidis et al have landed themselves a good on in the 46-year-old Basque. "[Emery is a] top manager. His career speaks for itself," Guardiola said a short while ago. Unai Emery (left) replaces Arsene Wenger as top boy at the Emirates Stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES "He did it perfectly in Spain with many teams – Valencia, Sevilla – and he did really well in France. So, welcome to England. Another good manager is coming here." 10:03AM How did Emery land the big Arsenal job? Unai Emery, according to our own Matt Law, was not on Arsenal's original shortlist of potential new managers or head coaches: Emery did not feature on Arsenal’s original shortlist of potential successors to Arsene Wenger before eventually landing the job ahead of Mikel Arteta. But Telegraph Sport understands first contact between the two parties was only made 10 days ago – after most of the interviews had already taken place. The likes of Arteta, Patrick Vieira and Max Allegri were all first sounded out over the Arsenal post over a fortnight ago after Arsenal had drawn up their original shortlist. Emery was only put on to the club’s radar by an agent once a number of candidates were waiting to hear back about their own interviews or had pulled out of the race themselves. Read the full story here ... 9:56AM Emery to be unveiled as new head coach later today Unai Emery, the new Arsenal head coach, will be unveiled unveiled at a press conference at the Emirates Stadium later this afternoon. Unai Emery 'accidentally' broke the news on his website on Tuesday night Emery's arrival in north London follows the appointments of Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations and Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment over the past year. Interestingly, Emery's job title of head coach would suggest the club are keen to move away from the model formed under Arsene Wenger, with the Spaniard expected to work closely with Sanllehi and Mislintat as the Basque plots to bring the good times back to the club. 9:43AM The Arsenal statement in full ... Unai Emery is to become our new head coach. He joins the club after completing a two-year spell at Paris Saint-Germain, where he recently landed the treble of Ligue 1, Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue. Unai, 46, previously spent three seasons with Sevilla, leading them to an unprecedented three consecutive Europa League titles, establishing the club as a major force in the Spanish league. Announcing the appointment, chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly. His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward. “We conducted a confidential, wide-ranging and rigorous search involving extensive background references, data and video analysis, and personal meetings with all the candidates we shortlisted. All were interested in the position and we were unanimous in our choice of Unai to drive the next chapter of our history.” What can Arsenal expect from new manager Unai Emery? Majority owner Stan Kroenke said: “We’re delighted to welcome Unai to Arsenal. He’s a proven winner. We’re confident that he is the right person for the job and that he will work to deliver the triumphs our fans, staff and everyone who cares about Arsenal want. “Several things stood out during his interview and the entire process; his football knowledge, energy, determination and love of the game. His familiarity with our club and our players, the Premier League and the game in Europe were all very impressive. He shares our vision to move forward, to build on the platform created by Arsène Wenger and help this club enjoy greater success.” Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? Unai said: “I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game. Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history. I have met Stan and Josh Kroenke and it’s clear they have great ambitions for the club and are committed to bringing future success. I’m excited about what we can do together and I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories.” Unai started his coaching career at Lorca Deportiva in 2005 after playing mostly in the Spanish second division. He went on to coach Almeria, Valencia and Spartak Moscow before joining Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain. The appointment is subject to the completion of regulatory processes. 9:41AM Emery appointed as successor to Wenger Arsenal have confirmed that Unai Emery will become the club's new head coach, subject to the completion of regulatory processes. Emery, 46, left Paris St-Germain at the end of the season having won three trophies and will replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium. The Spaniard emerged as a surprise favourite earlier this week after it had seemed former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job. Instead the role has gone to Emery, who won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla before moving to PSG in 2016. Wenger departed at the end of the season following a 22-year reign, with the club finishing sixth in the Premier League.
Unai Emery says 'we will create a new future for Arsenal' as Spaniard unveiled as Arsene Wenger's successor
How Unai Emery broke the news story on his own website Sam Wallace: Past success suggests this job could suit him What style can Arsenal expect from their new head coach? Jason Burt: Unai Emery is meticulous, intense and demanding Emery to be presented as head coach in 2pm press conference ... ... Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis to join Emery at Emirates Unai Emery paid tribute to the legacy left by Arsene Wenger as he set out his vision for the "big challenge" after taking over as head coach at Arsenal. Emery, 46, left Paris St Germain at the end of the season having won the domestic treble and will replace Wenger at the Emirates Stadium following the end of the Frenchman's 22-year reign. Spaniard Emery - who emerged as the shock favourite earlier this week after it had seemed former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job - is set to fit into a new structure behind the scenes. "We will create a new present and a new future for Arsenal. I want to say thank you Arsene Wenger for your legacy. For all the coaches in the world, he is a reference. We learned, I learned from him all the things in football," Emery said at a press conference, choosing to speak in English rather than via a translator. "It's a big challenge for me, but I have worked also in other projects, big projects. For me, I am proud to be here and to work after Arsene Wenger." Emery, who won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla before moving to PSG in 2016, maintained he had his own plans about how to take Arsenal forward, the club having finished sixth in the Premier League last season. Why Emery got the Arsenal job "Our objective is to be among the best teams in Europe, to win titles and to be in the elite of European teams. I also want the team to make the fans proud. I know they are already and I want them to be even more so," he said. On the future of midfielder Jack Wilshere, whose current contract is set to run out, Emery added: "I want today to speak about the team globally, not individually about the players today. "This team is a big team, great players, we think we need to change little things." Chief executive Ivan Gazidis explained Emery was the stand-out candidate on an eight-man shortlist for the Arsenal job. "We had some clear criteria we were looking for," said Gazidis. "We wanted progressive, entertaining football, personality to fit Arsenal values and a reputation for developing players and also, through cultural demands, demanding more from them. "His teams improve over time. We also felt for some time that he is a superb fit with the criteria I laid out. He came in extraordinarily well-prepared with a detailed knowledge of Arsenal Football Club. Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? "He had an analysis to share with us, not just his ways of working, his ways of coaching, the team of people that he works with, but he had an analysis of all of our individual players - their qualities and how he believes he can help them develop individually and collectively - and also an in-depth analysis of our off-the-field team and how they can contribute. "The thing that distinguished Unai was the chemistry between us. He has an energy, a competitive energy, and will to win that made us think this was a perfect fit for Arsenal." The club are yet to confirm if Emery will bring in any of his own backroom staff, although Juan Carlos Carcedo, Pablo Villanueva, Julen Masach and Victor Manas have all reportedly been lined up for roles. When asked how big a rebuilding job it is for Emery, chief executive Gazidis said: "I think all of our players will respond to the new energy that Unai brings. I think they will have somebody under whom they can improve their individual game and our collective game. "I don't think anybody believes that sixth place is a place that a club of the stature of Arsenal should be. We need to look to improve that." 2:49PM How does he rate Mesut Ozil? “He’s one of the biggest talents at Arsenal and I want talented players here I want to spend time with him, and all the players. I want to speak with them about how inspired and excited I am to be here and I want the players to feel that as well. This is a wonderful project and we all need to give 100%.” 2:47PM Taking on Guardiola and Mourinho... “In terms of my past experience, it makes me feel stronger and also allows me to have a guide to my future trajectory. I'm very excited to be here, against top coaches and top teams, and have to say the Premier League now it right at the top. “I speak with a lot of coaches, those are private conversations, but now that I’m here all information is welcome.” 2:43PM Can Arsenal win the Champions League? “All titles are important for us. We can, and want to be, candidates for them. I don’t promise today we will win, but I can promise you we will work hard, will work together, will work with emotion, demanding to find all the objectives.” 2:40PM Why Arsenal? “I had three fantastic meetings in terms of who was at those meetings. First I met with Ivan, Raul and Sven, they analysed me as a person and a coach, and thought I could be an option for this team. I have to say after a three-hour meeting there was fantastic chemistry between us. That came simply from the fact it was Arsenal, a wonderful history, and I hoped there could be a new future for the club. The second meeting was with the owners, the heart of the club, they transmitted what the fans wanted and I felt a positive energy. My third meeting was in Atlanta and again I had a fantastic feeling. Everything has been very positive in terms of the challenge, which makes me very proud and is a great opportunity to grow. “Success would be developing, and that’s about battling for every title. It’s in Arsenal’s history and it’s in my history as well. We want to be among the best teams in Europe. I want the team to make the fans proud of the side. I know they are already but I want to make them even more so.” 2:37PM What is his style of management? “In my career I am very demanding for all, demanding of the players also. My idea is to be a protagonist for all of the match. We play against teams with this personality, and I think the history here shows they love playing with possession of the ball. I like this, and when you don’t have possession of the ball I want a squad very, very intense in pressing. It’s two things that are very important for me. Being a protagonist, possession of the ball, and pressing.” 2:36PM The interview process... “In all the meetings with the people – Ivan, Raul, Sven – the connection was very important. We spoke about all they want and I want to work together, on this club, this responsibility. To know my ambition, my passion. It is a big responsibility but I think this feeling is very important and my experiences with big clubs are important. All the conversations are very good.” 2:34PM Does he have any transfer targets? “I believe in the players we have here. We can grow with these players and the objective is to work hard with these talented players, to work to be a candidate for all the titles in the future. Then it’s very important for the club, after two years outside the Champions League, to work towards this, to arrive and be the best team in the Premier League and also the world.” 2:32PM The future of Jack Wilshere... “I don’t want to speak about any of the players today. We think we need to change little things. Today I want to work, want to speak globally for the squad.” 2:25PM '¿Habla usted inglés?' It appears he does. Despite a number of reports claiming the 46-year-old Basque does not speak English, the new Arsenal head coach has just delivered his first press conference as an employee of the north London club. In English. “Thank you Ivan, Raul and Sven. The first meeting with Arsenal personnel was with people who, after three hours, I had a very good feeling that we will work together and create a new present and future for Arsenal,” he said. “My English is not the very best now and I want to make an effort to speak with you to explain my ambition. I am very excited for this opportunity at a big club, a great city and stadium. “In my career every year I grow up with a new challenge. For me the challenge is a dream come true. “Now? To know you. And all the conversations with Ivan and people who work here, to give me all the information about the club. I know all the players, I think they are very important and I want to speak individually with them face to face.” 2:21PM Ivan Gazidis on Arsenal's new appointment ... Apologies if you were watching our live video and were, like us, a little flummoxed by the Spanish feed. Here's what was said by Arsenal chief executive Gazidis: “I’m really delighted and excited to announce the new head coach. I know that came as a bit of a surprise, perhaps there were one or two rewrites necessary. But those who know won’t speak and those who speak won’t know. I’ll give you a little insight into the process. We formed a three-person committee of me, Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi. We had some clear criteria: aggressive, entertaining football; personality that fitted with Arsenal’s values; also a record of developing players through detailed tactical instruction and also cultural demand, pushing players. “We looked through and analysed on the basis that every coach in the world would be interested in this position. We don’t believe any position in world football is more attractive. We created an eight-person longlist. All of them were interested and took part in extensive, in-person interviews. None of them at any stage withdrew their interest. So we were in a fortunate position to make our first choice, and that’s what we did. Our first interviewee was conducted on 25th April, our last was conducted on 15th May and we interviewed Unai on 10th May. We made our unanimous recommendation to the board on 18th may, accompanied by a 100-page dossier. We then met with London members of our board on Monday this week. Unai and Raul and I flew to Atlanta and met Josh and Stan Kroenke and flew back on the red-eye last night. “So why Unai Emery? I’ve followed Unai’s career very closely and he’s always been on my radar screen. He’s got a fantastic record wherever he’s gone and his team’s improve over time. He’s a superb fit with the criteria I laid out. But it’s important to move this beyond the paper exercise and having taken third-person references it was very important to move to personal meetings. Unai was incredibly impressive, he came in extraordinary well prepared, he had an analysis of all of our individual players, their qualities and how he believes he can help them develop individually and collectively, and also detailed analysis of our off-field team. “But this wasn’t a purely technical exercise. What also distinguished Unai was the chemistry between us and feeling for football in the room. His detail, hard work, love for football and will to win made us think this fit was exactly right.” 10:57AM 'Past success suggests Arsenal could suit Emery' Sam Wallace, our chief football writer, believes Unai Emery's entrance into the English game will be unforgettable, one way or another. Read what Sam has to say about Arsenal's new Basque head coach ... 10:26AM 'Emery could have very good success at Arsenal' Claudio Ranieri, the former Leicester City and Chelsea manager, has backed the new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery to succeed once he takes over the reins at the Emirates Stadium. “He’s a good man, a good coach,” Ranieri told Sky Sports this morning. “He managed a lot in Spain and had a very good season with PSG but in Paris you have to win the Champions League – that is the target there. Claudio Ranieri has backed the new Arsenal head coach to succeed Credit: AP “Unai is a very strong man, a good manager and I think he could have very good success there. I think they need three or four years to stay calm then restart. But football is fantastic; you never know what could happen.” 10:15AM Guardiola: Emery is a top manager Following the breaking news that Unai Emery will become the new Arsenal head coach, or friends at Sky Sports News have been busying themselves canvassing the opinions of whoever they can get hold of on the appointment. Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, reckons Ivan Gazidis et al have landed themselves a good on in the 46-year-old Basque. "[Emery is a] top manager. His career speaks for itself," Guardiola said a short while ago. Unai Emery (left) replaces Arsene Wenger as top boy at the Emirates Stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES "He did it perfectly in Spain with many teams – Valencia, Sevilla – and he did really well in France. So, welcome to England. Another good manager is coming here." 10:03AM How did Emery land the big Arsenal job? Unai Emery, according to our own Matt Law, was not on Arsenal's original shortlist of potential new managers or head coaches: Emery did not feature on Arsenal’s original shortlist of potential successors to Arsene Wenger before eventually landing the job ahead of Mikel Arteta. But Telegraph Sport understands first contact between the two parties was only made 10 days ago – after most of the interviews had already taken place. The likes of Arteta, Patrick Vieira and Max Allegri were all first sounded out over the Arsenal post over a fortnight ago after Arsenal had drawn up their original shortlist. Emery was only put on to the club’s radar by an agent once a number of candidates were waiting to hear back about their own interviews or had pulled out of the race themselves. Read the full story here ... 9:56AM Emery to be unveiled as new head coach later today Unai Emery, the new Arsenal head coach, will be unveiled unveiled at a press conference at the Emirates Stadium later this afternoon. Unai Emery 'accidentally' broke the news on his website on Tuesday night Emery's arrival in north London follows the appointments of Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations and Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment over the past year. Interestingly, Emery's job title of head coach would suggest the club are keen to move away from the model formed under Arsene Wenger, with the Spaniard expected to work closely with Sanllehi and Mislintat as the Basque plots to bring the good times back to the club. 9:43AM The Arsenal statement in full ... Unai Emery is to become our new head coach. He joins the club after completing a two-year spell at Paris Saint-Germain, where he recently landed the treble of Ligue 1, Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue. Unai, 46, previously spent three seasons with Sevilla, leading them to an unprecedented three consecutive Europa League titles, establishing the club as a major force in the Spanish league. Announcing the appointment, chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly. His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward. “We conducted a confidential, wide-ranging and rigorous search involving extensive background references, data and video analysis, and personal meetings with all the candidates we shortlisted. All were interested in the position and we were unanimous in our choice of Unai to drive the next chapter of our history.” What can Arsenal expect from new manager Unai Emery? Majority owner Stan Kroenke said: “We’re delighted to welcome Unai to Arsenal. He’s a proven winner. We’re confident that he is the right person for the job and that he will work to deliver the triumphs our fans, staff and everyone who cares about Arsenal want. “Several things stood out during his interview and the entire process; his football knowledge, energy, determination and love of the game. His familiarity with our club and our players, the Premier League and the game in Europe were all very impressive. He shares our vision to move forward, to build on the platform created by Arsène Wenger and help this club enjoy greater success.” Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? Unai said: “I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game. Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history. I have met Stan and Josh Kroenke and it’s clear they have great ambitions for the club and are committed to bringing future success. I’m excited about what we can do together and I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories.” Unai started his coaching career at Lorca Deportiva in 2005 after playing mostly in the Spanish second division. He went on to coach Almeria, Valencia and Spartak Moscow before joining Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain. The appointment is subject to the completion of regulatory processes. 9:41AM Emery appointed as successor to Wenger Arsenal have confirmed that Unai Emery will become the club's new head coach, subject to the completion of regulatory processes. Emery, 46, left Paris St-Germain at the end of the season having won three trophies and will replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium. The Spaniard emerged as a surprise favourite earlier this week after it had seemed former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job. Instead the role has gone to Emery, who won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla before moving to PSG in 2016. Wenger departed at the end of the season following a 22-year reign, with the club finishing sixth in the Premier League.
How Unai Emery broke the news story on his own website Sam Wallace: Past success suggests this job could suit him What style can Arsenal expect from their new head coach? Jason Burt: Unai Emery is meticulous, intense and demanding Emery to be presented as head coach in 2pm press conference ... ... Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis to join Emery at Emirates Unai Emery paid tribute to the legacy left by Arsene Wenger as he set out his vision for the "big challenge" after taking over as head coach at Arsenal. Emery, 46, left Paris St Germain at the end of the season having won the domestic treble and will replace Wenger at the Emirates Stadium following the end of the Frenchman's 22-year reign. Spaniard Emery - who emerged as the shock favourite earlier this week after it had seemed former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job - is set to fit into a new structure behind the scenes. "We will create a new present and a new future for Arsenal. I want to say thank you Arsene Wenger for your legacy. For all the coaches in the world, he is a reference. We learned, I learned from him all the things in football," Emery said at a press conference, choosing to speak in English rather than via a translator. "It's a big challenge for me, but I have worked also in other projects, big projects. For me, I am proud to be here and to work after Arsene Wenger." Emery, who won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla before moving to PSG in 2016, maintained he had his own plans about how to take Arsenal forward, the club having finished sixth in the Premier League last season. Why Emery got the Arsenal job "Our objective is to be among the best teams in Europe, to win titles and to be in the elite of European teams. I also want the team to make the fans proud. I know they are already and I want them to be even more so," he said. On the future of midfielder Jack Wilshere, whose current contract is set to run out, Emery added: "I want today to speak about the team globally, not individually about the players today. "This team is a big team, great players, we think we need to change little things." Chief executive Ivan Gazidis explained Emery was the stand-out candidate on an eight-man shortlist for the Arsenal job. "We had some clear criteria we were looking for," said Gazidis. "We wanted progressive, entertaining football, personality to fit Arsenal values and a reputation for developing players and also, through cultural demands, demanding more from them. "His teams improve over time. We also felt for some time that he is a superb fit with the criteria I laid out. He came in extraordinarily well-prepared with a detailed knowledge of Arsenal Football Club. Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? "He had an analysis to share with us, not just his ways of working, his ways of coaching, the team of people that he works with, but he had an analysis of all of our individual players - their qualities and how he believes he can help them develop individually and collectively - and also an in-depth analysis of our off-the-field team and how they can contribute. "The thing that distinguished Unai was the chemistry between us. He has an energy, a competitive energy, and will to win that made us think this was a perfect fit for Arsenal." The club are yet to confirm if Emery will bring in any of his own backroom staff, although Juan Carlos Carcedo, Pablo Villanueva, Julen Masach and Victor Manas have all reportedly been lined up for roles. When asked how big a rebuilding job it is for Emery, chief executive Gazidis said: "I think all of our players will respond to the new energy that Unai brings. I think they will have somebody under whom they can improve their individual game and our collective game. "I don't think anybody believes that sixth place is a place that a club of the stature of Arsenal should be. We need to look to improve that." 2:49PM How does he rate Mesut Ozil? “He’s one of the biggest talents at Arsenal and I want talented players here I want to spend time with him, and all the players. I want to speak with them about how inspired and excited I am to be here and I want the players to feel that as well. This is a wonderful project and we all need to give 100%.” 2:47PM Taking on Guardiola and Mourinho... “In terms of my past experience, it makes me feel stronger and also allows me to have a guide to my future trajectory. I'm very excited to be here, against top coaches and top teams, and have to say the Premier League now it right at the top. “I speak with a lot of coaches, those are private conversations, but now that I’m here all information is welcome.” 2:43PM Can Arsenal win the Champions League? “All titles are important for us. We can, and want to be, candidates for them. I don’t promise today we will win, but I can promise you we will work hard, will work together, will work with emotion, demanding to find all the objectives.” 2:40PM Why Arsenal? “I had three fantastic meetings in terms of who was at those meetings. First I met with Ivan, Raul and Sven, they analysed me as a person and a coach, and thought I could be an option for this team. I have to say after a three-hour meeting there was fantastic chemistry between us. That came simply from the fact it was Arsenal, a wonderful history, and I hoped there could be a new future for the club. The second meeting was with the owners, the heart of the club, they transmitted what the fans wanted and I felt a positive energy. My third meeting was in Atlanta and again I had a fantastic feeling. Everything has been very positive in terms of the challenge, which makes me very proud and is a great opportunity to grow. “Success would be developing, and that’s about battling for every title. It’s in Arsenal’s history and it’s in my history as well. We want to be among the best teams in Europe. I want the team to make the fans proud of the side. I know they are already but I want to make them even more so.” 2:37PM What is his style of management? “In my career I am very demanding for all, demanding of the players also. My idea is to be a protagonist for all of the match. We play against teams with this personality, and I think the history here shows they love playing with possession of the ball. I like this, and when you don’t have possession of the ball I want a squad very, very intense in pressing. It’s two things that are very important for me. Being a protagonist, possession of the ball, and pressing.” 2:36PM The interview process... “In all the meetings with the people – Ivan, Raul, Sven – the connection was very important. We spoke about all they want and I want to work together, on this club, this responsibility. To know my ambition, my passion. It is a big responsibility but I think this feeling is very important and my experiences with big clubs are important. All the conversations are very good.” 2:34PM Does he have any transfer targets? “I believe in the players we have here. We can grow with these players and the objective is to work hard with these talented players, to work to be a candidate for all the titles in the future. Then it’s very important for the club, after two years outside the Champions League, to work towards this, to arrive and be the best team in the Premier League and also the world.” 2:32PM The future of Jack Wilshere... “I don’t want to speak about any of the players today. We think we need to change little things. Today I want to work, want to speak globally for the squad.” 2:25PM '¿Habla usted inglés?' It appears he does. Despite a number of reports claiming the 46-year-old Basque does not speak English, the new Arsenal head coach has just delivered his first press conference as an employee of the north London club. In English. “Thank you Ivan, Raul and Sven. The first meeting with Arsenal personnel was with people who, after three hours, I had a very good feeling that we will work together and create a new present and future for Arsenal,” he said. “My English is not the very best now and I want to make an effort to speak with you to explain my ambition. I am very excited for this opportunity at a big club, a great city and stadium. “In my career every year I grow up with a new challenge. For me the challenge is a dream come true. “Now? To know you. And all the conversations with Ivan and people who work here, to give me all the information about the club. I know all the players, I think they are very important and I want to speak individually with them face to face.” 2:21PM Ivan Gazidis on Arsenal's new appointment ... Apologies if you were watching our live video and were, like us, a little flummoxed by the Spanish feed. Here's what was said by Arsenal chief executive Gazidis: “I’m really delighted and excited to announce the new head coach. I know that came as a bit of a surprise, perhaps there were one or two rewrites necessary. But those who know won’t speak and those who speak won’t know. I’ll give you a little insight into the process. We formed a three-person committee of me, Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi. We had some clear criteria: aggressive, entertaining football; personality that fitted with Arsenal’s values; also a record of developing players through detailed tactical instruction and also cultural demand, pushing players. “We looked through and analysed on the basis that every coach in the world would be interested in this position. We don’t believe any position in world football is more attractive. We created an eight-person longlist. All of them were interested and took part in extensive, in-person interviews. None of them at any stage withdrew their interest. So we were in a fortunate position to make our first choice, and that’s what we did. Our first interviewee was conducted on 25th April, our last was conducted on 15th May and we interviewed Unai on 10th May. We made our unanimous recommendation to the board on 18th may, accompanied by a 100-page dossier. We then met with London members of our board on Monday this week. Unai and Raul and I flew to Atlanta and met Josh and Stan Kroenke and flew back on the red-eye last night. “So why Unai Emery? I’ve followed Unai’s career very closely and he’s always been on my radar screen. He’s got a fantastic record wherever he’s gone and his team’s improve over time. He’s a superb fit with the criteria I laid out. But it’s important to move this beyond the paper exercise and having taken third-person references it was very important to move to personal meetings. Unai was incredibly impressive, he came in extraordinary well prepared, he had an analysis of all of our individual players, their qualities and how he believes he can help them develop individually and collectively, and also detailed analysis of our off-field team. “But this wasn’t a purely technical exercise. What also distinguished Unai was the chemistry between us and feeling for football in the room. His detail, hard work, love for football and will to win made us think this fit was exactly right.” 10:57AM 'Past success suggests Arsenal could suit Emery' Sam Wallace, our chief football writer, believes Unai Emery's entrance into the English game will be unforgettable, one way or another. Read what Sam has to say about Arsenal's new Basque head coach ... 10:26AM 'Emery could have very good success at Arsenal' Claudio Ranieri, the former Leicester City and Chelsea manager, has backed the new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery to succeed once he takes over the reins at the Emirates Stadium. “He’s a good man, a good coach,” Ranieri told Sky Sports this morning. “He managed a lot in Spain and had a very good season with PSG but in Paris you have to win the Champions League – that is the target there. Claudio Ranieri has backed the new Arsenal head coach to succeed Credit: AP “Unai is a very strong man, a good manager and I think he could have very good success there. I think they need three or four years to stay calm then restart. But football is fantastic; you never know what could happen.” 10:15AM Guardiola: Emery is a top manager Following the breaking news that Unai Emery will become the new Arsenal head coach, or friends at Sky Sports News have been busying themselves canvassing the opinions of whoever they can get hold of on the appointment. Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, reckons Ivan Gazidis et al have landed themselves a good on in the 46-year-old Basque. "[Emery is a] top manager. His career speaks for itself," Guardiola said a short while ago. Unai Emery (left) replaces Arsene Wenger as top boy at the Emirates Stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES "He did it perfectly in Spain with many teams – Valencia, Sevilla – and he did really well in France. So, welcome to England. Another good manager is coming here." 10:03AM How did Emery land the big Arsenal job? Unai Emery, according to our own Matt Law, was not on Arsenal's original shortlist of potential new managers or head coaches: Emery did not feature on Arsenal’s original shortlist of potential successors to Arsene Wenger before eventually landing the job ahead of Mikel Arteta. But Telegraph Sport understands first contact between the two parties was only made 10 days ago – after most of the interviews had already taken place. The likes of Arteta, Patrick Vieira and Max Allegri were all first sounded out over the Arsenal post over a fortnight ago after Arsenal had drawn up their original shortlist. Emery was only put on to the club’s radar by an agent once a number of candidates were waiting to hear back about their own interviews or had pulled out of the race themselves. Read the full story here ... 9:56AM Emery to be unveiled as new head coach later today Unai Emery, the new Arsenal head coach, will be unveiled unveiled at a press conference at the Emirates Stadium later this afternoon. Unai Emery 'accidentally' broke the news on his website on Tuesday night Emery's arrival in north London follows the appointments of Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations and Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment over the past year. Interestingly, Emery's job title of head coach would suggest the club are keen to move away from the model formed under Arsene Wenger, with the Spaniard expected to work closely with Sanllehi and Mislintat as the Basque plots to bring the good times back to the club. 9:43AM The Arsenal statement in full ... Unai Emery is to become our new head coach. He joins the club after completing a two-year spell at Paris Saint-Germain, where he recently landed the treble of Ligue 1, Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue. Unai, 46, previously spent three seasons with Sevilla, leading them to an unprecedented three consecutive Europa League titles, establishing the club as a major force in the Spanish league. Announcing the appointment, chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly. His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward. “We conducted a confidential, wide-ranging and rigorous search involving extensive background references, data and video analysis, and personal meetings with all the candidates we shortlisted. All were interested in the position and we were unanimous in our choice of Unai to drive the next chapter of our history.” What can Arsenal expect from new manager Unai Emery? Majority owner Stan Kroenke said: “We’re delighted to welcome Unai to Arsenal. He’s a proven winner. We’re confident that he is the right person for the job and that he will work to deliver the triumphs our fans, staff and everyone who cares about Arsenal want. “Several things stood out during his interview and the entire process; his football knowledge, energy, determination and love of the game. His familiarity with our club and our players, the Premier League and the game in Europe were all very impressive. He shares our vision to move forward, to build on the platform created by Arsène Wenger and help this club enjoy greater success.” Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? Unai said: “I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game. Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history. I have met Stan and Josh Kroenke and it’s clear they have great ambitions for the club and are committed to bringing future success. I’m excited about what we can do together and I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories.” Unai started his coaching career at Lorca Deportiva in 2005 after playing mostly in the Spanish second division. He went on to coach Almeria, Valencia and Spartak Moscow before joining Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain. The appointment is subject to the completion of regulatory processes. 9:41AM Emery appointed as successor to Wenger Arsenal have confirmed that Unai Emery will become the club's new head coach, subject to the completion of regulatory processes. Emery, 46, left Paris St-Germain at the end of the season having won three trophies and will replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium. The Spaniard emerged as a surprise favourite earlier this week after it had seemed former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job. Instead the role has gone to Emery, who won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla before moving to PSG in 2016. Wenger departed at the end of the season following a 22-year reign, with the club finishing sixth in the Premier League.
Unai Emery says 'we will create a new future for Arsenal' as Spaniard unveiled as Arsene Wenger's successor
How Unai Emery broke the news story on his own website Sam Wallace: Past success suggests this job could suit him What style can Arsenal expect from their new head coach? Jason Burt: Unai Emery is meticulous, intense and demanding Emery to be presented as head coach in 2pm press conference ... ... Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis to join Emery at Emirates Unai Emery paid tribute to the legacy left by Arsene Wenger as he set out his vision for the "big challenge" after taking over as head coach at Arsenal. Emery, 46, left Paris St Germain at the end of the season having won the domestic treble and will replace Wenger at the Emirates Stadium following the end of the Frenchman's 22-year reign. Spaniard Emery - who emerged as the shock favourite earlier this week after it had seemed former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job - is set to fit into a new structure behind the scenes. "We will create a new present and a new future for Arsenal. I want to say thank you Arsene Wenger for your legacy. For all the coaches in the world, he is a reference. We learned, I learned from him all the things in football," Emery said at a press conference, choosing to speak in English rather than via a translator. "It's a big challenge for me, but I have worked also in other projects, big projects. For me, I am proud to be here and to work after Arsene Wenger." Emery, who won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla before moving to PSG in 2016, maintained he had his own plans about how to take Arsenal forward, the club having finished sixth in the Premier League last season. Why Emery got the Arsenal job "Our objective is to be among the best teams in Europe, to win titles and to be in the elite of European teams. I also want the team to make the fans proud. I know they are already and I want them to be even more so," he said. On the future of midfielder Jack Wilshere, whose current contract is set to run out, Emery added: "I want today to speak about the team globally, not individually about the players today. "This team is a big team, great players, we think we need to change little things." Chief executive Ivan Gazidis explained Emery was the stand-out candidate on an eight-man shortlist for the Arsenal job. "We had some clear criteria we were looking for," said Gazidis. "We wanted progressive, entertaining football, personality to fit Arsenal values and a reputation for developing players and also, through cultural demands, demanding more from them. "His teams improve over time. We also felt for some time that he is a superb fit with the criteria I laid out. He came in extraordinarily well-prepared with a detailed knowledge of Arsenal Football Club. Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? "He had an analysis to share with us, not just his ways of working, his ways of coaching, the team of people that he works with, but he had an analysis of all of our individual players - their qualities and how he believes he can help them develop individually and collectively - and also an in-depth analysis of our off-the-field team and how they can contribute. "The thing that distinguished Unai was the chemistry between us. He has an energy, a competitive energy, and will to win that made us think this was a perfect fit for Arsenal." The club are yet to confirm if Emery will bring in any of his own backroom staff, although Juan Carlos Carcedo, Pablo Villanueva, Julen Masach and Victor Manas have all reportedly been lined up for roles. When asked how big a rebuilding job it is for Emery, chief executive Gazidis said: "I think all of our players will respond to the new energy that Unai brings. I think they will have somebody under whom they can improve their individual game and our collective game. "I don't think anybody believes that sixth place is a place that a club of the stature of Arsenal should be. We need to look to improve that." 2:49PM How does he rate Mesut Ozil? “He’s one of the biggest talents at Arsenal and I want talented players here I want to spend time with him, and all the players. I want to speak with them about how inspired and excited I am to be here and I want the players to feel that as well. This is a wonderful project and we all need to give 100%.” 2:47PM Taking on Guardiola and Mourinho... “In terms of my past experience, it makes me feel stronger and also allows me to have a guide to my future trajectory. I'm very excited to be here, against top coaches and top teams, and have to say the Premier League now it right at the top. “I speak with a lot of coaches, those are private conversations, but now that I’m here all information is welcome.” 2:43PM Can Arsenal win the Champions League? “All titles are important for us. We can, and want to be, candidates for them. I don’t promise today we will win, but I can promise you we will work hard, will work together, will work with emotion, demanding to find all the objectives.” 2:40PM Why Arsenal? “I had three fantastic meetings in terms of who was at those meetings. First I met with Ivan, Raul and Sven, they analysed me as a person and a coach, and thought I could be an option for this team. I have to say after a three-hour meeting there was fantastic chemistry between us. That came simply from the fact it was Arsenal, a wonderful history, and I hoped there could be a new future for the club. The second meeting was with the owners, the heart of the club, they transmitted what the fans wanted and I felt a positive energy. My third meeting was in Atlanta and again I had a fantastic feeling. Everything has been very positive in terms of the challenge, which makes me very proud and is a great opportunity to grow. “Success would be developing, and that’s about battling for every title. It’s in Arsenal’s history and it’s in my history as well. We want to be among the best teams in Europe. I want the team to make the fans proud of the side. I know they are already but I want to make them even more so.” 2:37PM What is his style of management? “In my career I am very demanding for all, demanding of the players also. My idea is to be a protagonist for all of the match. We play against teams with this personality, and I think the history here shows they love playing with possession of the ball. I like this, and when you don’t have possession of the ball I want a squad very, very intense in pressing. It’s two things that are very important for me. Being a protagonist, possession of the ball, and pressing.” 2:36PM The interview process... “In all the meetings with the people – Ivan, Raul, Sven – the connection was very important. We spoke about all they want and I want to work together, on this club, this responsibility. To know my ambition, my passion. It is a big responsibility but I think this feeling is very important and my experiences with big clubs are important. All the conversations are very good.” 2:34PM Does he have any transfer targets? “I believe in the players we have here. We can grow with these players and the objective is to work hard with these talented players, to work to be a candidate for all the titles in the future. Then it’s very important for the club, after two years outside the Champions League, to work towards this, to arrive and be the best team in the Premier League and also the world.” 2:32PM The future of Jack Wilshere... “I don’t want to speak about any of the players today. We think we need to change little things. Today I want to work, want to speak globally for the squad.” 2:25PM '¿Habla usted inglés?' It appears he does. Despite a number of reports claiming the 46-year-old Basque does not speak English, the new Arsenal head coach has just delivered his first press conference as an employee of the north London club. In English. “Thank you Ivan, Raul and Sven. The first meeting with Arsenal personnel was with people who, after three hours, I had a very good feeling that we will work together and create a new present and future for Arsenal,” he said. “My English is not the very best now and I want to make an effort to speak with you to explain my ambition. I am very excited for this opportunity at a big club, a great city and stadium. “In my career every year I grow up with a new challenge. For me the challenge is a dream come true. “Now? To know you. And all the conversations with Ivan and people who work here, to give me all the information about the club. I know all the players, I think they are very important and I want to speak individually with them face to face.” 2:21PM Ivan Gazidis on Arsenal's new appointment ... Apologies if you were watching our live video and were, like us, a little flummoxed by the Spanish feed. Here's what was said by Arsenal chief executive Gazidis: “I’m really delighted and excited to announce the new head coach. I know that came as a bit of a surprise, perhaps there were one or two rewrites necessary. But those who know won’t speak and those who speak won’t know. I’ll give you a little insight into the process. We formed a three-person committee of me, Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi. We had some clear criteria: aggressive, entertaining football; personality that fitted with Arsenal’s values; also a record of developing players through detailed tactical instruction and also cultural demand, pushing players. “We looked through and analysed on the basis that every coach in the world would be interested in this position. We don’t believe any position in world football is more attractive. We created an eight-person longlist. All of them were interested and took part in extensive, in-person interviews. None of them at any stage withdrew their interest. So we were in a fortunate position to make our first choice, and that’s what we did. Our first interviewee was conducted on 25th April, our last was conducted on 15th May and we interviewed Unai on 10th May. We made our unanimous recommendation to the board on 18th may, accompanied by a 100-page dossier. We then met with London members of our board on Monday this week. Unai and Raul and I flew to Atlanta and met Josh and Stan Kroenke and flew back on the red-eye last night. “So why Unai Emery? I’ve followed Unai’s career very closely and he’s always been on my radar screen. He’s got a fantastic record wherever he’s gone and his team’s improve over time. He’s a superb fit with the criteria I laid out. But it’s important to move this beyond the paper exercise and having taken third-person references it was very important to move to personal meetings. Unai was incredibly impressive, he came in extraordinary well prepared, he had an analysis of all of our individual players, their qualities and how he believes he can help them develop individually and collectively, and also detailed analysis of our off-field team. “But this wasn’t a purely technical exercise. What also distinguished Unai was the chemistry between us and feeling for football in the room. His detail, hard work, love for football and will to win made us think this fit was exactly right.” 10:57AM 'Past success suggests Arsenal could suit Emery' Sam Wallace, our chief football writer, believes Unai Emery's entrance into the English game will be unforgettable, one way or another. Read what Sam has to say about Arsenal's new Basque head coach ... 10:26AM 'Emery could have very good success at Arsenal' Claudio Ranieri, the former Leicester City and Chelsea manager, has backed the new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery to succeed once he takes over the reins at the Emirates Stadium. “He’s a good man, a good coach,” Ranieri told Sky Sports this morning. “He managed a lot in Spain and had a very good season with PSG but in Paris you have to win the Champions League – that is the target there. Claudio Ranieri has backed the new Arsenal head coach to succeed Credit: AP “Unai is a very strong man, a good manager and I think he could have very good success there. I think they need three or four years to stay calm then restart. But football is fantastic; you never know what could happen.” 10:15AM Guardiola: Emery is a top manager Following the breaking news that Unai Emery will become the new Arsenal head coach, or friends at Sky Sports News have been busying themselves canvassing the opinions of whoever they can get hold of on the appointment. Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, reckons Ivan Gazidis et al have landed themselves a good on in the 46-year-old Basque. "[Emery is a] top manager. His career speaks for itself," Guardiola said a short while ago. Unai Emery (left) replaces Arsene Wenger as top boy at the Emirates Stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES "He did it perfectly in Spain with many teams – Valencia, Sevilla – and he did really well in France. So, welcome to England. Another good manager is coming here." 10:03AM How did Emery land the big Arsenal job? Unai Emery, according to our own Matt Law, was not on Arsenal's original shortlist of potential new managers or head coaches: Emery did not feature on Arsenal’s original shortlist of potential successors to Arsene Wenger before eventually landing the job ahead of Mikel Arteta. But Telegraph Sport understands first contact between the two parties was only made 10 days ago – after most of the interviews had already taken place. The likes of Arteta, Patrick Vieira and Max Allegri were all first sounded out over the Arsenal post over a fortnight ago after Arsenal had drawn up their original shortlist. Emery was only put on to the club’s radar by an agent once a number of candidates were waiting to hear back about their own interviews or had pulled out of the race themselves. Read the full story here ... 9:56AM Emery to be unveiled as new head coach later today Unai Emery, the new Arsenal head coach, will be unveiled unveiled at a press conference at the Emirates Stadium later this afternoon. Unai Emery 'accidentally' broke the news on his website on Tuesday night Emery's arrival in north London follows the appointments of Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations and Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment over the past year. Interestingly, Emery's job title of head coach would suggest the club are keen to move away from the model formed under Arsene Wenger, with the Spaniard expected to work closely with Sanllehi and Mislintat as the Basque plots to bring the good times back to the club. 9:43AM The Arsenal statement in full ... Unai Emery is to become our new head coach. He joins the club after completing a two-year spell at Paris Saint-Germain, where he recently landed the treble of Ligue 1, Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue. Unai, 46, previously spent three seasons with Sevilla, leading them to an unprecedented three consecutive Europa League titles, establishing the club as a major force in the Spanish league. Announcing the appointment, chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly. His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward. “We conducted a confidential, wide-ranging and rigorous search involving extensive background references, data and video analysis, and personal meetings with all the candidates we shortlisted. All were interested in the position and we were unanimous in our choice of Unai to drive the next chapter of our history.” What can Arsenal expect from new manager Unai Emery? Majority owner Stan Kroenke said: “We’re delighted to welcome Unai to Arsenal. He’s a proven winner. We’re confident that he is the right person for the job and that he will work to deliver the triumphs our fans, staff and everyone who cares about Arsenal want. “Several things stood out during his interview and the entire process; his football knowledge, energy, determination and love of the game. His familiarity with our club and our players, the Premier League and the game in Europe were all very impressive. He shares our vision to move forward, to build on the platform created by Arsène Wenger and help this club enjoy greater success.” Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? Unai said: “I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game. Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history. I have met Stan and Josh Kroenke and it’s clear they have great ambitions for the club and are committed to bringing future success. I’m excited about what we can do together and I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories.” Unai started his coaching career at Lorca Deportiva in 2005 after playing mostly in the Spanish second division. He went on to coach Almeria, Valencia and Spartak Moscow before joining Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain. The appointment is subject to the completion of regulatory processes. 9:41AM Emery appointed as successor to Wenger Arsenal have confirmed that Unai Emery will become the club's new head coach, subject to the completion of regulatory processes. Emery, 46, left Paris St-Germain at the end of the season having won three trophies and will replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium. The Spaniard emerged as a surprise favourite earlier this week after it had seemed former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job. Instead the role has gone to Emery, who won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla before moving to PSG in 2016. Wenger departed at the end of the season following a 22-year reign, with the club finishing sixth in the Premier League.
How Unai Emery broke the news story on his own website Sam Wallace: Past success suggests this job could suit him What style can Arsenal expect from their new head coach? Jason Burt: Unai Emery is meticulous, intense and demanding Emery to be presented as head coach in 2pm press conference ... ... Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis to join Emery at Emirates Arsenal have announced Unai Emery as the club's new head coach. Emery, 46, left Paris St-Germain at the end of the season having won the domestic treble and will replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium. The Spaniard emerged as the shock favourite earlier this week after it had seemed former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job. Instead the role has gone to Emery, who won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla before moving to PSG in 2016. Wenger departed at the end of the season following a 22-year reign, with the club finishing sixth in the Premier League. Emery, who will be presented to the media at a press conference later on Wednesday, said: "I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game. "Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. "I'm very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal's history." Emery continued on the club's official website: "I have met (majority owner) Stan and Josh Kroenke and it's clear they have great ambitions for the club and are committed to bringing future success. "I'm excited about what we can do together and I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories." 10:57AM 'Past success suggests Arsenal could suit Emery' Sam Wallace, our chief football writer, believes Unai Emery's entrance into the English game will be unforgettable, one way or another. Read what Sam has to say about Arsenal's new Basque head coach ... 10:26AM 'Emery could have very good success at Arsenal' Claudio Ranieri, the former Leicester City and Chelsea manager, has backed the new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery to succeed once he takes over the reins at the Emirates Stadium. “He’s a good man, a good coach,” Ranieri told Sky Sports this morning. “He managed a lot in Spain and had a very good season with PSG but in Paris you have to win the Champions League – that is the target there. Claudio Ranieri has backed the new Arsenal head coach to succeed Credit: AP “Unai is a very strong man, a good manager and I think he could have very good success there. I think they need three or four years to stay calm then restart. But football is fantastic; you never know what could happen.” 10:15AM Guardiola: Emery is a top manager Following the breaking news that Unai Emery will become the new Arsenal head coach, or friends at Sky Sports News have been busying themselves canvassing the opinions of whoever they can get hold of on the appointment. Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, reckons Ivan Gazidis et al have landed themselves a good on in the 46-year-old Basque. "[Emery is a] top manager. His career speaks for itself," Guardiola said a short while ago. Unai Emery (left) replaces Arsene Wenger as top boy at the Emirates Stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES "He did it perfectly in Spain with many teams – Valencia, Sevilla – and he did really well in France. So, welcome to England. Another good manager is coming here." 10:03AM How did Emery land the big Arsenal job? Unai Emery, according to our own Matt Law, was not on Arsenal's original shortlist of potential new managers or head coaches: Emery did not feature on Arsenal’s original shortlist of potential successors to Arsene Wenger before eventually landing the job ahead of Mikel Arteta. But Telegraph Sport understands first contact between the two parties was only made 10 days ago – after most of the interviews had already taken place. The likes of Arteta, Patrick Vieira and Max Allegri were all first sounded out over the Arsenal post over a fortnight ago after Arsenal had drawn up their original shortlist. Emery was only put on to the club’s radar by an agent once a number of candidates were waiting to hear back about their own interviews or had pulled out of the race themselves. Read the full story here ... 9:56AM Emery to be unveiled as new head coach later today Unai Emery, the new Arsenal head coach, will be unveiled unveiled at a press conference at the Emirates Stadium later this afternoon. Unai Emery 'accidentally' broke the news on his website on Tuesday night Emery's arrival in north London follows the appointments of Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations and Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment over the past year. Interestingly, Emery's job title of head coach would suggest the club are keen to move away from the model formed under Arsene Wenger, with the Spaniard expected to work closely with Sanllehi and Mislintat as the Basque plots to bring the good times back to the club. 9:43AM The Arsenal statement in full ... Unai Emery is to become our new head coach. He joins the club after completing a two-year spell at Paris Saint-Germain, where he recently landed the treble of Ligue 1, Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue. Unai, 46, previously spent three seasons with Sevilla, leading them to an unprecedented three consecutive Europa League titles, establishing the club as a major force in the Spanish league. Announcing the appointment, chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly. His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward. “We conducted a confidential, wide-ranging and rigorous search involving extensive background references, data and video analysis, and personal meetings with all the candidates we shortlisted. All were interested in the position and we were unanimous in our choice of Unai to drive the next chapter of our history.” What can Arsenal expect from new manager Unai Emery? Majority owner Stan Kroenke said: “We’re delighted to welcome Unai to Arsenal. He’s a proven winner. We’re confident that he is the right person for the job and that he will work to deliver the triumphs our fans, staff and everyone who cares about Arsenal want. “Several things stood out during his interview and the entire process; his football knowledge, energy, determination and love of the game. His familiarity with our club and our players, the Premier League and the game in Europe were all very impressive. He shares our vision to move forward, to build on the platform created by Arsène Wenger and help this club enjoy greater success.” Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? Unai said: “I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game. Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history. I have met Stan and Josh Kroenke and it’s clear they have great ambitions for the club and are committed to bringing future success. I’m excited about what we can do together and I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories.” Unai started his coaching career at Lorca Deportiva in 2005 after playing mostly in the Spanish second division. He went on to coach Almeria, Valencia and Spartak Moscow before joining Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain. The appointment is subject to the completion of regulatory processes. 9:41AM Emery appointed as successor to Wenger Arsenal have confirmed that Unai Emery will become the club's new head coach, subject to the completion of regulatory processes. Emery, 46, left Paris St-Germain at the end of the season having won three trophies and will replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium. The Spaniard emerged as a surprise favourite earlier this week after it had seemed former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job. Instead the role has gone to Emery, who won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla before moving to PSG in 2016. Wenger departed at the end of the season following a 22-year reign, with the club finishing sixth in the Premier League.
Unai Emery 'thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs' after Arsenal appoint him as head coach
How Unai Emery broke the news story on his own website Sam Wallace: Past success suggests this job could suit him What style can Arsenal expect from their new head coach? Jason Burt: Unai Emery is meticulous, intense and demanding Emery to be presented as head coach in 2pm press conference ... ... Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis to join Emery at Emirates Arsenal have announced Unai Emery as the club's new head coach. Emery, 46, left Paris St-Germain at the end of the season having won the domestic treble and will replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium. The Spaniard emerged as the shock favourite earlier this week after it had seemed former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job. Instead the role has gone to Emery, who won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla before moving to PSG in 2016. Wenger departed at the end of the season following a 22-year reign, with the club finishing sixth in the Premier League. Emery, who will be presented to the media at a press conference later on Wednesday, said: "I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game. "Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. "I'm very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal's history." Emery continued on the club's official website: "I have met (majority owner) Stan and Josh Kroenke and it's clear they have great ambitions for the club and are committed to bringing future success. "I'm excited about what we can do together and I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories." 10:57AM 'Past success suggests Arsenal could suit Emery' Sam Wallace, our chief football writer, believes Unai Emery's entrance into the English game will be unforgettable, one way or another. Read what Sam has to say about Arsenal's new Basque head coach ... 10:26AM 'Emery could have very good success at Arsenal' Claudio Ranieri, the former Leicester City and Chelsea manager, has backed the new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery to succeed once he takes over the reins at the Emirates Stadium. “He’s a good man, a good coach,” Ranieri told Sky Sports this morning. “He managed a lot in Spain and had a very good season with PSG but in Paris you have to win the Champions League – that is the target there. Claudio Ranieri has backed the new Arsenal head coach to succeed Credit: AP “Unai is a very strong man, a good manager and I think he could have very good success there. I think they need three or four years to stay calm then restart. But football is fantastic; you never know what could happen.” 10:15AM Guardiola: Emery is a top manager Following the breaking news that Unai Emery will become the new Arsenal head coach, or friends at Sky Sports News have been busying themselves canvassing the opinions of whoever they can get hold of on the appointment. Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, reckons Ivan Gazidis et al have landed themselves a good on in the 46-year-old Basque. "[Emery is a] top manager. His career speaks for itself," Guardiola said a short while ago. Unai Emery (left) replaces Arsene Wenger as top boy at the Emirates Stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES "He did it perfectly in Spain with many teams – Valencia, Sevilla – and he did really well in France. So, welcome to England. Another good manager is coming here." 10:03AM How did Emery land the big Arsenal job? Unai Emery, according to our own Matt Law, was not on Arsenal's original shortlist of potential new managers or head coaches: Emery did not feature on Arsenal’s original shortlist of potential successors to Arsene Wenger before eventually landing the job ahead of Mikel Arteta. But Telegraph Sport understands first contact between the two parties was only made 10 days ago – after most of the interviews had already taken place. The likes of Arteta, Patrick Vieira and Max Allegri were all first sounded out over the Arsenal post over a fortnight ago after Arsenal had drawn up their original shortlist. Emery was only put on to the club’s radar by an agent once a number of candidates were waiting to hear back about their own interviews or had pulled out of the race themselves. Read the full story here ... 9:56AM Emery to be unveiled as new head coach later today Unai Emery, the new Arsenal head coach, will be unveiled unveiled at a press conference at the Emirates Stadium later this afternoon. Unai Emery 'accidentally' broke the news on his website on Tuesday night Emery's arrival in north London follows the appointments of Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations and Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment over the past year. Interestingly, Emery's job title of head coach would suggest the club are keen to move away from the model formed under Arsene Wenger, with the Spaniard expected to work closely with Sanllehi and Mislintat as the Basque plots to bring the good times back to the club. 9:43AM The Arsenal statement in full ... Unai Emery is to become our new head coach. He joins the club after completing a two-year spell at Paris Saint-Germain, where he recently landed the treble of Ligue 1, Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue. Unai, 46, previously spent three seasons with Sevilla, leading them to an unprecedented three consecutive Europa League titles, establishing the club as a major force in the Spanish league. Announcing the appointment, chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly. His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward. “We conducted a confidential, wide-ranging and rigorous search involving extensive background references, data and video analysis, and personal meetings with all the candidates we shortlisted. All were interested in the position and we were unanimous in our choice of Unai to drive the next chapter of our history.” What can Arsenal expect from new manager Unai Emery? Majority owner Stan Kroenke said: “We’re delighted to welcome Unai to Arsenal. He’s a proven winner. We’re confident that he is the right person for the job and that he will work to deliver the triumphs our fans, staff and everyone who cares about Arsenal want. “Several things stood out during his interview and the entire process; his football knowledge, energy, determination and love of the game. His familiarity with our club and our players, the Premier League and the game in Europe were all very impressive. He shares our vision to move forward, to build on the platform created by Arsène Wenger and help this club enjoy greater success.” Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? Unai said: “I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game. Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history. I have met Stan and Josh Kroenke and it’s clear they have great ambitions for the club and are committed to bringing future success. I’m excited about what we can do together and I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories.” Unai started his coaching career at Lorca Deportiva in 2005 after playing mostly in the Spanish second division. He went on to coach Almeria, Valencia and Spartak Moscow before joining Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain. The appointment is subject to the completion of regulatory processes. 9:41AM Emery appointed as successor to Wenger Arsenal have confirmed that Unai Emery will become the club's new head coach, subject to the completion of regulatory processes. Emery, 46, left Paris St-Germain at the end of the season having won three trophies and will replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium. The Spaniard emerged as a surprise favourite earlier this week after it had seemed former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job. Instead the role has gone to Emery, who won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla before moving to PSG in 2016. Wenger departed at the end of the season following a 22-year reign, with the club finishing sixth in the Premier League.
-FOTODELDIA- epa06753356 FC Barcelona's captain Andres Iniesta (L) receives the Spanish League trophy from Spanish Soccer Federation President Luis Rubiales (R) at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, 20 May 2018. EPA/ALBERTO ESTEVEZ
-FOTODELDIA- epa06753356 FC Barcelona's captain Andres Iniesta (L) receives the Spanish League trophy from Spanish Soccer Federation President Luis Rubiales (R) at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, 20 May 2018. EPA/ALBERTO ESTEVEZ
-FOTODELDIA- epa06753356 FC Barcelona's captain Andres Iniesta (L) receives the Spanish League trophy from Spanish Soccer Federation President Luis Rubiales (R) at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, 20 May 2018. EPA/ALBERTO ESTEVEZ
Villarreal players form a passage of honor for FC Barcelona players prior the Spanish League soccer match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. FC Barcelona won their 25th Spanish League title. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Barcelona stays unbeaten, Real Madrid loses to Sevilla
Villarreal players form a passage of honor for FC Barcelona players prior the Spanish League soccer match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. FC Barcelona won their 25th Spanish League title. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Villarreal players form a passage of honor for FC Barcelona players prior the Spanish League soccer match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. FC Barcelona won their 25th Spanish League title. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Villarreal players form a passage of honor for FC Barcelona players prior the Spanish League soccer match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. FC Barcelona won their 25th Spanish League title. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Villarreal players form a passage of honor for FC Barcelona players prior the Spanish League soccer match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. FC Barcelona won their 25th Spanish League title. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Villarreal players form a passage of honor for FC Barcelona players prior to the Spanish League soccer match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. FC Barcelona won their 25th Spanish League title. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Villarreal players form a passage of honor for FC Barcelona players prior to the Spanish League soccer match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. FC Barcelona won their 25th Spanish League title. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Villarreal players form a passage of honor for FC Barcelona players prior to the Spanish League soccer match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. FC Barcelona won their 25th Spanish League title. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Real Madrid's forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) walks with his team's doctor after an injury during a Spanish league football match against Barcelona (AFP Photo/Josep LAGO)
Real Madrid's forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) walks with his team's doctor after an injury during a Spanish league football match against Barcelona
Real Madrid's forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) walks with his team's doctor after an injury during a Spanish league football match against Barcelona (AFP Photo/Josep LAGO)
Real Madrid's forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) walks with his team's doctor after an injury during a Spanish league football match against Barcelona
Real Madrid's forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) walks with his team's doctor after an injury during a Spanish league football match against Barcelona
Real Madrid's forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) walks with his team's doctor after an injury during a Spanish league football match against Barcelona
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Gareth Bale's strike in El Clasico not enough to end Barcelona's unbeaten La Liga campaign
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
 Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until halftime, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid was dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Champion Barcelona stayed unbeaten through 35 league matches this season and extended its record run to 42 consecutive games without a loss. Its last defeat in La Liga was at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona has matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try and become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of 10 teams compared to 20 now. 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Gareth Bale's strike in El Clasico not enough to end Barcelona's unbeaten La Liga campaign
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until halftime, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid was dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Champion Barcelona stayed unbeaten through 35 league matches this season and extended its record run to 42 consecutive games without a loss. Its last defeat in La Liga was at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona has matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try and become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of 10 teams compared to 20 now. 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Gareth Bale's strike in El Clasico not enough to end Barcelona's unbeaten La Liga campaign
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Gareth Bale's strike in El Clasico not enough to end Barcelona's unbeaten La Liga campaign
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Gareth Bale's strike in El Clasico not enough to end Barcelona's unbeaten La Liga campaign
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Gareth Bale's strike in El Clasico not enough to end Barcelona's unbeaten La Liga campaign
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Gareth Bale's strike in El Clasico not enough to end Barcelona's unbeaten La Liga campaign
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Gareth Bale's strike in El Clasico not enough to end Barcelona's unbeaten La Liga campaign
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Gareth Bale's strike in El Clasico not enough to end Barcelona's unbeaten La Liga campaign
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Gareth Bale's strike in El Clasico not enough to end Barcelona's unbeaten La Liga campaign
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Gareth Bale's strike in El Clasico not enough to end Barcelona's unbeaten La Liga campaign
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until halftime, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid was dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Champion Barcelona stayed unbeaten through 35 league matches this season and extended its record run to 42 consecutive games without a loss. Its last defeat in La Liga was at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona has matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try and become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of 10 teams compared to 20 now. 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Gareth Bale's strike in El Clasico not enough to end Barcelona's unbeaten La Liga campaign
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until halftime, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid was dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Champion Barcelona stayed unbeaten through 35 league matches this season and extended its record run to 42 consecutive games without a loss. Its last defeat in La Liga was at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona has matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try and become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of 10 teams compared to 20 now. 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Gareth Bale's strike in El Clasico not enough to end Barcelona's unbeaten La Liga campaign
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Gareth Bale's strike in El Clasico not enough to end Barcelona's unbeaten La Liga campaign
Lionel Messi helped 10-man Barcelona remain undefeated in the Spanish league after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid on Sunday in a testy El Clasico that saw Cristiano Ronaldo substituted at half-time with a leg injury. Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute. Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range. Ronaldo played on until half-time, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio. Madrid were dominating the match at Camp Nou and Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared between the rivals. But that was when Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor despite playing a man down. Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona Credit: AP Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd minute after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Barcelona remain unbeaten after 35 league matches this season and extended their record run to 42 Liga games without a loss. Their last league defeat came at Malaga in April 2017. Barcelona have matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of merely 10 teams. Ronaldo, l’inquiétude https://t.co/sRHGHNM6eEpic.twitter.com/f4WLWR1fyD— L'actu du Sport (@LactuDuSport) May 6, 2018 Zinedine Zidane refused to put a time frame on Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out,” the manager said. “He said it wasn’t much, but we’ll see tomorrow. “We’ll do some tests to see the extent of the damage done to his ankle. He was a little worried because it was a bit swollen, but he said that it’s nothing serious.” 9:42PM FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Another corner! Ramos however commits a foul, and Barcelona's unbeaten record remains intact! Plenty of spice in this one as expected, Sergi Roberto's red card before the break leaving Barcelona down to 10 men for the second half. Fine finish by Gareth Bale brought Real back into the contest for the second time at 2-2, with Barcelona's defence then holding firm. Credit: AFP 9:40PM 90+4 mins Paulinho loses possession - here come Real. Bale from range, deflected. The visitors will have a corner. 9:39PM 90+3 mins Barcelona unsure whether to thump a free-kick into the box or go to the corner and grind down the clock. They opt for the former but Real clear. Barcelona seconds away from maintaining this unbeaten run in the league. 9:36PM 90 mins More last-ditch defending from Pique as Barca hang on. Four minutes of added time coming up. Suarez (slowly) heads off to be replaced by Alcacer. 9:32PM 86 mins Crowd not happy as Real continue to attack despite Suarez being down with an injury after colliding with Ramos. Hard to tell if he's seriously hurt, wasn't a lot of contact, after Vazquez puts the ball out. Credit: REUTERS 9:30PM 84 mins Final change for Real, Kovacic on for Kroos. It's also his 24th birthday, so naturally we despise him for being so young. 9:26PM 80 mins Real on top, pinning Barcelona back. The hosts' unbeaten record hanging on by a thread here. Modric shoots well over the bar. 9:22PM 77 mins Bale and then Marcelo head into the book, the latter for complaining to the official. Bale's arguably lucky to still be out there. Marcelo denied a penalty a few minutes earlier after a collision with Jordi Alba, which looked like a penalty on the replay. 9:19PM GOOOOAAALLL BALE! BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID Stunning finish by Bale! Wraps his foot around it and Ter Stegen never had a prayer, buried in the top left corner. We're level again! Credit: SKY SPORTS Brilliant goal from Bale. What a game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:15PM 70 mins Messi breaks clear! Has time, trying to shoot across the goal but Navas is up to the task and parries it behind. That could have been game over. 9:14PM They're brought up the thousand Messi’s strike made it 1000 goals between him and Ronaldo (501/499). That’s utterly mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 6 May 2018 9:12PM 66 mins Vazquez warming up on the touchline. Just the 97,939 in attendance this Sunday evening. Crowd have livened up after the shock of that red card. 9:08PM 62 mins Messi lining up a free-kick, in range of the goal and a recovered Navas. 24 metres out... into that seven-man wall. Real clear. Credit: SKY SPORTS 9:04PM 58 mins Paulinho nearly scores with his first touch, colliding into Navas who looks to be winded. Nothing malicious, had to go with it and just caught the keeper with his boot. 9:03PM 56 mins Pique, for some reason all the way up behind Messi, tries to play a through ball but is cut off. 3-1 against a Ronaldo-less Real would probably do it. Off comes the great Iniesta, handing the captaincy to Messi. Huge ovation as expected. On comes Paulinho. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:59PM GOAAAAALLLLLL MESSI! BARCELONA 2-1 REAL MADRID The record looks safe for now! After that Asensio shot Barca break, Suarez getting away from Varane (possibly illegally) before setting up Messi who tucks it away. Credit: SKY SPORTS 8:57PM 51 mins Iniesta, Suarez and Messi nearly combining to create a chance. Interesting to see how FCB approach this second half with that record on the line. Asensio carries the ball forward before unleashing a shot, easily saved by Navas. 8:53PM 47 mins Marcelo, dancing forward, has a shot blocked by Pique. Playing a big role in this one so far. Ronaldo apparently suffering from a slight ankle sprain. 8:51PM Ronaldo replaced at half-time Asensio comes on. That seems sensible to be honest. Barcelona's unbeaten record faces a real test with only 10 men for the second half. 8:48PM Special sponsor for Barcelona tonight Beko have been displaced on the Barcelona sleeve for the evening by #EatLikeAPro. Today we give up our logo on the @fcbarcelona jersey for #ElClasico to raise awareness of childhood obesity. Each #EatLikeAPro means we'll donate 1€ to @UNICEF in collaboration with @fundacioFCB ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/0GTReVCy4a— Beko (@Beko) 6 May 2018 8:35PM HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Ronaldo's free-kick is fired into the wall, and that'll be half-time. It's not lacked for drama, loads of chances before tempers boiled over towards the end of the half leading to Roberto's red card. Two questions: 1) How many more goals? 2) How many more reds?! Credit: REUTERS 8:33PM RED CARD SERGI ROBERTO! Into added time and there's a ton of fouls. Bale's studs catch the back of Umtiti's leg, and he's lucky not to be carded for that to be honest. Another incident off the ball and Roberto has gone! Marcelo in a heap, now miraculously up on his feet again - there's nothing in it really, a slap to the face by Roberto to Marcelo after they come together following a Roberto pass. That seems rash. 8:30PM 43 mins Suarez bristling (shocking, right?) and confronts Ramos. Just an arm to the chest. Tonight's referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez shows a yellow card to Suarez, and then to Messi after a late challenge on Ramos. Messi not buying it. 8:26PM 40 mins Casemiro doing his best to not let Messi out of his sight. It's gone well enough up to this point. Benzema tries to cut in and curl a shot to the far post, after a run from Kroos, but he puts it wide. Real on top in midfield. Credit: REUTERS 8:22PM 37 mins Umtiti blows what looks like a massive chance after Messi chips in a free-kick, but he's clearly offside. Ronaldo doesn't look that comfortable. Does he come out for the second half with a Champions League final a few weeks away? 8:19PM 34 mins Break from Ronaldo and Benzema down the left. Barca get back in time to quell the threat though, forcing Real to retreat. Very effective defence. Real perhaps narrowly on top though. Marcelo's cross a little too deep meaning Barca can advance. 8:16PM 32 mins Modric trying to outmuscle Umtiti was never going to go well. He loses out trying to chase a Nacho through-ball. Varane yellow carded for pulling back Suarez. Then Jordi Alba and Modric (of all people?!) get into a bit of pushing and shoving, was Alba's hand round Modric's throat? Referee missed it. They've made up. 8:12PM 30 mins Modric plays through Ronaldo, saved! Four shots already for Ronaldo in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:11PM 26 mins Ronaldo with a header on goal but Benzema was waiting in a better position at the far post. Pity. Real building into this as Kroos rushes a shot. Marcelo finding plenty of space with Coutinho not tracking back. 8:08PM 22 mins Pique slides across and gets just about enough on the ball to halt a Real break. A few of those already as just sit back and try and contain Barca before attempting to counter. 8:05PM 19 mins Quality ball over the top from Messi towards Alba, just slightly in front of him. Many more goals to come in this one. Credit: AFP 8:01PM 16 mins Slight worry that Ronaldo has picked up an injury in scoring that goal. He gets some treatment, Real temporarily playing with 10 men. He's back on trying to run it off. 8:00PM GOAL RONALDO! BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID Superb! Ronaldo gets free down the left and cuts in, back-heeled to Kroos whose cross to the far post is headed back across by Benzema for Ronaldo to knock it in. We're level. Ripping start to this one. 7:58PM 12 mins Nacho into the book for a challenge from behind on Coutinho. Barca advance, shouts for a penalty against Navas waved away by the referee. Loads of room for Barcelona down this right-hand side. Real a little loose. 7:56PM GOAL SUAREZ! BARCELONA 1-0 REAL MADRID The champions lead! Fine ball by Coutinho in behind the defence wide to Sergi Roberto on the right. Deep cross to the feet of Suarez who buries it. Barca ahead. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:53PM The masses Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:52PM 8 mins There's boos, signifying Real retaining possession (and settling in). Ronaldo positioned out on the left wing fires a simple shot into the arms of Ter Stegen. 7:50PM 6 mins Couple of stepovers from Ronaldo followed by a poor cross. Then he thinks he's nipped in behind the offside line but is called back. Understandly, unimpressed. 7:49PM 4 mins Coutinho, playing out on the right, with a half break. Messi plays in Suarez... wide! Behind for a corner. Barca looking sharp. Real clear but Iniesta is fouled by Modric. Free-kick coming into the box from the right... easily taken by Navas. 7:47PM We're underway Clasico number 176 has begun. Instant foul on Casemiro. He'll soldier on. Real kept back their half early on. 7:44PM Real's bench are enormous! That doesn't seem fair Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:42PM Woah Nice reminder just then of how cartoonishly big the Nou Camp is, even compared to an actual cartoon football stadium, the Hispanola, home of the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/fEn8SFHgYL— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) 6 May 2018 7:39PM Messi warming up Just the 43 goals for him so far this season in 51 appearances. Credit: REUTERS 7:28PM Iniesta's final Clasico It's the end for one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. And El Ilusionista has relished this fixture over the years. 7:24PM John's prediction (send yours to @bencoles_) @bencoles_ no doubt Ramos will upend the giant that is Iniesta in his last Clasico & endear himself even more to the cules. Different Real than the last meeting but I think FCB might just nick it to stay on course for an unbeaten season. Can’t say enough about Iniesta some player— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) 6 May 2018 7:22PM Rare start for Bale Tons of speculation at the moment about where Bale will play next season, which is unsurprising when it seems as though he has lost Zidane's trust. Credit: SKY SPORTS 7:20PM What happened last time This! Three second-half goals from Suarez, Messi and finally Aleix Vidal. Here's our report. Messi has delivered many outstanding displays on enemy territory, although this was not one of them. Instead, his highly functional Barcelona side sat and waited for Madrid to implode and then strode in to take advantage, putting the famous stadium into a stunned silence in the piercing early afternoon winter sunshine. 7:02PM Unbeaten Barca Scan Barca's league statistics for this season and what leaps out? That big, fat 0 in the losses column. Ernesto Valverde's side are gunning to become the latest team to finish a La Liga season unbeaten. The last time that happened (as you all remember) was in 1931/1932, when Real Madrid (naturally) finished an 18-game campaign without suffering a defeat. Safe to say Barcelona's accomplishment would be more impressive. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 6:54PM Welcome Evening everyone and welcome to the second Clasico of the season. The title race has been over for some time, but don't let that stop you from watching the champions-elect of Spain in Barcelona take on Champions League finalists Real Madrid. Teams are as follows, including a start for Gareth Bale. �� Barça XI ⚽ #ElClásico ���� #ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/wrRqzkQVau— FC Barcelona ���� (@FCBarcelona) 6 May 2018 �� ¡Once inicial contra el Barcelona! #RMMovistar#HalaMadrid#RMClasicopic.twitter.com/Ur1TWjKGU6— Real Madrid C.F. ⚽️ (@realmadrid) 6 May 2018
Barcelona's midfielder Andres Iniesta looks on during the Spanish league football match against Getafe February 11, 2018 (AFP Photo/Josep LAGO)
Barcelona's midfielder Andres Iniesta looks on during the Spanish league football match against Getafe February 11, 2018
Barcelona's midfielder Andres Iniesta looks on during the Spanish league football match against Getafe February 11, 2018 (AFP Photo/Josep LAGO)
Barcelona's midfielder Andres Iniesta looks on during the Spanish league football match against Getafe February 11, 2018
Barcelona's midfielder Andres Iniesta looks on during the Spanish league football match against Getafe February 11, 2018
Barcelona's midfielder Andres Iniesta looks on during the Spanish league football match against Getafe February 11, 2018
Andrea Radrizzani, the owner of Leeds United, could make a move for the Premier League’s unsold television packages after snatching the rights to show Spain’s La Liga from Sky Sports. Eleven Sports, the network founded by Radrizzani in 2015, on Wednesday announced that it had won the rights to show La Liga after Sky, which has broadcast Spanish football for more than two decades, had a bid rejected this year. And the company is considering other options, which may include a potential swoop for the two unsold packages of Premier League games. The asking price for the packages, which contain entire rounds of matches in England’s top flight, has not been met since the auction began for the Premier League’s domestic rights earlier this year. Eleven, which holds the La Liga rights in Belgium and Poland, could sell matches back to broadcasters such as Sky or BT. It is not active in the UK but it may broadcast La Liga coverage, which it has secured exclusively for the next three seasons, on a TV channel of its own or via digital services. Eleven would not say how much it had paid for the rights to La Liga, but the move comes after Sky had a bid of less than £18 million rejected by the Spanish league. The weakening of Sky’s offer was an indication that the broadcasting giant no longer believed the rights to be worth the £18 million it had paid per season since 2015, a deal it had agreed following pressure from BT. Cristiano Ronaldo: From show pony to superman The loss of La Liga still represents a blow to Sky, especially after it was beaten to the Champions League rights by BT in 2013. The company has been forced to make savings across its business in recent years, and in February it struck a deal for domestic Premier League rights which meant it would pay 16 per cent less per match than on the existing agreement. Sky had previously been forced by the arrival of BT to pay 83 per cent more for Premier League football, which led to cuts across the company and contributed to the loss of sports rights such as tennis. Eleven’s announcement comes ahead of the meeting between Barcelona and Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday. The company said the last two fixtures between the sides were watched by a combined audience of one million people in the UK, citing this as proof of the country’s strong “appetite for Spanish football”. Telegraph Sport's Premier League goals of the season Eleven’s executive chairman is Marc Watson, who had helped launch BT Sport as chief executive of BT TV and had played a major role in BT’s assault on Premier League rights in 2012. Watson had previously worked for the consultancy Reel Enterprises, which advised the Premier League on its rights auctions. He said it was an “incredibly exciting time for our young and dynamic company,” adding: “The way people, especially young people, watch live sport is changing and we always try to reflect that in the ways we make our product available.”
Sky Sports loses La Liga rights to newcomer Eleven Sports
Andrea Radrizzani, the owner of Leeds United, could make a move for the Premier League’s unsold television packages after snatching the rights to show Spain’s La Liga from Sky Sports. Eleven Sports, the network founded by Radrizzani in 2015, on Wednesday announced that it had won the rights to show La Liga after Sky, which has broadcast Spanish football for more than two decades, had a bid rejected this year. And the company is considering other options, which may include a potential swoop for the two unsold packages of Premier League games. The asking price for the packages, which contain entire rounds of matches in England’s top flight, has not been met since the auction began for the Premier League’s domestic rights earlier this year. Eleven, which holds the La Liga rights in Belgium and Poland, could sell matches back to broadcasters such as Sky or BT. It is not active in the UK but it may broadcast La Liga coverage, which it has secured exclusively for the next three seasons, on a TV channel of its own or via digital services. Eleven would not say how much it had paid for the rights to La Liga, but the move comes after Sky had a bid of less than £18 million rejected by the Spanish league. The weakening of Sky’s offer was an indication that the broadcasting giant no longer believed the rights to be worth the £18 million it had paid per season since 2015, a deal it had agreed following pressure from BT. Cristiano Ronaldo: From show pony to superman The loss of La Liga still represents a blow to Sky, especially after it was beaten to the Champions League rights by BT in 2013. The company has been forced to make savings across its business in recent years, and in February it struck a deal for domestic Premier League rights which meant it would pay 16 per cent less per match than on the existing agreement. Sky had previously been forced by the arrival of BT to pay 83 per cent more for Premier League football, which led to cuts across the company and contributed to the loss of sports rights such as tennis. Eleven’s announcement comes ahead of the meeting between Barcelona and Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday. The company said the last two fixtures between the sides were watched by a combined audience of one million people in the UK, citing this as proof of the country’s strong “appetite for Spanish football”. Telegraph Sport's Premier League goals of the season Eleven’s executive chairman is Marc Watson, who had helped launch BT Sport as chief executive of BT TV and had played a major role in BT’s assault on Premier League rights in 2012. Watson had previously worked for the consultancy Reel Enterprises, which advised the Premier League on its rights auctions. He said it was an “incredibly exciting time for our young and dynamic company,” adding: “The way people, especially young people, watch live sport is changing and we always try to reflect that in the ways we make our product available.”
Barcelona players and coaches showed off the Spanish league and Copa del Rey trophies to the city and themselves in selfies in a victory parade on Monday.
FC Barcelona Celebrate Spanish Double With Bus Parade
Barcelona players and coaches showed off the Spanish league and Copa del Rey trophies to the city and themselves in selfies in a victory parade on Monday.
A FC Barcelona supporter burns a flare as he celebrates Barcelona's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Barcelona wins league title in an almost perfect season
A FC Barcelona supporter burns a flare as he celebrates Barcelona's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
FC Barcelona supporters celebrate their team's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Barcelona wins league title in an almost perfect season
FC Barcelona supporters celebrate their team's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A FC Barcelona supporter burns a flare as he celebrates Barcelona's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A FC Barcelona supporter burns a flare as he celebrates Barcelona's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A FC Barcelona supporter burns a flare as he celebrates Barcelona's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
FC Barcelona supporters celebrate their team's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
FC Barcelona supporters celebrate their team's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
FC Barcelona supporters celebrate their team's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
FC Barcelona supporters celebrate their team's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
FC Barcelona supporters celebrate their team's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
FC Barcelona supporters celebrate their team's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
FC Barcelona fans celebrate their team's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
FC Barcelona fans celebrate their team's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
FC Barcelona fans celebrate their team's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
FC Barcelona fans celebrate their team's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
FC Barcelona fans celebrate their team's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
FC Barcelona fans celebrate their team's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
FC Barcelona fans celebrate their team's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
FC Barcelona fans celebrate their team's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
FC Barcelona fans celebrate their team's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A FC Barcelona supporter burns a flare as he celebrates Barcelona's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A FC Barcelona supporter burns a flare as he celebrates Barcelona's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A FC Barcelona supporter burns a flare as he celebrates Barcelona's victory in the Spanish league title at Canaletas source at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

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