Sport Lionel Messi of Barcelona looks on after the la Liga match between Levante UD and FC Barcelona at Ciutat de Valencia ended 1-1

The top two teams both missed a chance to break clear

James Lawton: Messi shines brightest to banish memory of Bernabeu's dark night

Lionel Messi did much to grow his ever more vibrant mystique. He ran into space with routine genius and took Ricardo Carvalho repeatedly to the edge of oblivion

Barcelona book return to site of their most famous triumph

Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 1 (Barcelona win 3-1 on aggregate)

Barca head to Wembley after draw with Real

Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 1 (Barcelona win 3-1 on aggregate)

Ronaldo has 90 minutes to steal limelight and cast shadow on stellar Messi

Strained relationship with manager and continued success of his Barça nemesis are weighing heavy on Real's returning talisman

Guardiola has a defensive crisis after further Barça injuries

Real Sociedad 2 Barcelona 1

Messi's moment of beauty seals Barça victory on an ugly night

Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 2

Masterful Messi lights up Bernabeu clash

Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 2

First blood to Real as Ronaldo seals Cup win in extra-time

Barcelona 0 Real Madrid 1 (aet; 0-0 at 90 min)

Mourinho: I would love to play Barça with 11 men

He ordered the groundstaff to let the grass grow a few centimetres longer and not water the pitch before kick-off; he left his most talented player, Mesut Özil, on the bench; and he gave central defender Pepe a roaming search-and-destroy role in midfield. But Jose Mourinho could not deliver the Real Madrid victory that would upset Barcelona's progress towards a third successive La Liga title.

Barca see off Shakhtar to claim semi-final spot

Shakhtar Donetsk 0 Barcelona 1 (Barca win 1-6 on aggregate)

Brilliant Barcelona maul Shakhtar

Barcelona 5 Shakhtar Donetsk 1

International round-up: Spain 'cannot play any better' says Del Bosque

Spain play Lithuania tomorrow night with coach Vicente del Bosque announcing that they "cannot play any better". The World and European champions won again on Saturday, beating the Czech Republic 2-1. They are clear at the top of their Euro 2012 qualifying group and will be in an even stronger position should they win in Kaunas.

Worthington's woes increased by injury crisis

The Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington will spend the next two days pondering the cost of Friday night's Euro 2012 qualifying defeat to Serbia. Gareth McAuley's first-half header put Northern Ireland on course in Belgrade, but second-half goals from Marko Pantelic and Zoran Tosic left them empty handed.

Villa sets scoring record as Spain fight back to win

Spain striker David Villa became his country's record goalscorer when he scored twice as the world champions came from behind to beat the Czech Republic in their Euro 2012 qualifier in Granada last night.

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