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Real Madrid vs Barcelona el clasico: Lionel Messi goal secures incredible victory after Sergio Ramos red card

Re-live all the action from el clascio at the Bernabeu

Mark Critchley,Samuel Lovett
Saturday 22 April 2017 11:52
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Cristiano Ronaldo knocks the ball past Jordi Alba in the opening stages
Cristiano Ronaldo knocks the ball past Jordi Alba in the opening stages

Barcelona kept their La Liga title hopes very much alive with a thrilling 3-2 el clasico victory over Real Madrid to draw level with their great rivals and inject the end of their campaign with a welcome boost of momentum, with Lionel Messi once again proving the Catalans' saviour after Sergio Ramos was sent-off. Re-live the action here.

  • Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona
  • Casemiro put Real ahead before Lionel Messi equalised
  • Ivan Rakitic then put Barca ahead in the second half
  • Sergio Ramos given straight red card for vicious tackle on Messi
  • James Rodriguez came off the bench to equalise for 10-man Real
  • Messi struck 10 seconds before full-time to secure the victory

What time does it start?

The match will kick off at 7.45pm BST on Sunday 23 April.

Where can I watch it?

It will be shown live on Sky Sports 1, with coverage starting at 7.00pm.

It's a big game for...

Luis Enrique. With Barcelona trailing league leaders Real by three points, the Barcelona manager heads into this fixture knowing only a win can reignite his chances of bidding farewell to the club on the back of a league and cup double.

The same haul last year was largely seen as a failure. Bowing out of the championship picture now, as the only club of the big three to exit the Champions League, would mean that even winning the Copa del Rey next month couldn't save the 46-year-old from exiting on a low. It's all nothing for Enrique.

The pressure is back on for Enrique

Remember when...

Barcelona ran four past their rivals in late 2015? Luis Suarez struck twice at the Bernabeu in a dominant victory that saw Barca move six points clear at the top of La Liga.

Player to watch...

Isco: This could be the game that the midfielder has been waiting for. With Gareth Bale unlikely to feature, despite returning to training on Thursday, Isco has been tipped to start for Zinedine Zidane's side.

Gifted and versatile, the player's recent form suggests he is finally poised to achieve something he has yet to manage at the Bernabeu: becoming a firm fixture in the Real starting line-up. His last-minute winner against Sporting Gijon this month showed what he is capable of and suggests Enrique's men should treat him with respect on Sunday.

Past three meetings...

Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 1
La Liga, December 2016

Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 2
La Liga, April 2016

Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 4
La Liga, November 2015

Isco is the man to watch on Sunday

Form

Real Madrid: WWWDWW

Barcelona: DWLLWW

Odds

Real Madrid to win: 21/20

Barcelona to win: 21/10

Draw: 29/10

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Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Sunday's el clasico.

Real Madrid and Barcelona meet at the Santiago Bernabeu with the title race in La Liga finely balanced.

Zinedine Zidane's side sit three points clear with a game in hand and are favourites to secure the league championship, their first since 2012.

Barca, the holders, will be looking to win, and must avoid defeat, in order to retain any realistic hopes of defending their title.

Stay with us for team news, build-up and more...

Mark Critchley23 April 2017 18:49
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What time does it start?

The match will kick off at 7.45pm BST.

Mark Critchley23 April 2017 18:50
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Who will come out on top at the Bernabeu?

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Team news

Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; S. Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Alcacer.

Mark Critchley23 April 2017 18:52
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The scene outside the Bernabeu, where our man Ed Malyon is in situ.

Mark Critchley23 April 2017 19:01
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A timely reminder why there is no Neymar tonight...

Mark Critchley23 April 2017 19:06
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The big Real Madrid team news is that Gareth Bale returns.

Isco, predictably, is the one to make way. 

Mark Critchley23 April 2017 19:18
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Without Neymar, Paco Alcacer starts up top for the visitors.

So it's SAM rather than MSN on this occasion... 

Mark Critchley23 April 2017 19:19
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In 'honourary kick-off' news, this year's Masters champion Sergio Garcia will be taking an 'honourary kick-off' before the start of tonight's game.

I assume that does not mean he will actually be on the pitch once the match starts.

Mark Critchley23 April 2017 19:30
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Real Madrid being put through their paces... 

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