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Barcelona vs Real Madrid, El Clasico: Open Thread

barcelona real madrid1 Barcelona vs Real Madrid, El Clasico: Open Thread

Arguably the biggest club match of the season thus far kicks off today at Camp Nou as Barcelona plays Real Madrid in el Clasico.

Programming note: For viewers in the United States, Barcelona vs Real Madrid is being shown exclusively on beIN SPORT, beIN SPORT Espanol and DishWorld. Even if you don’t have a TV subscription to beIN SPORT, you can access those channels via online streaming service DishWorld for $10/month. Read our review of DishWorld. And sign up for DishWorld via their website.

On beIN SPORT and DishWorld, the commentators will be Phil Schoen and Ray Hudson.

Starting lineups:

Barcelona: Valdés, Piqué, Fàbregas, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, Mascherano, Sergio, Adriano and Alves

Real Madrid: Diego López, Varane, Pepe, Ramos, Khedira, Ronaldo, Bale, Marcelo, Carvajal, Modric and Di María

Read: Barcelona vs Real Madrid preview.

Before, during and after today’s matches, join the conversation in the comments section below.

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17 Responses to Barcelona vs Real Madrid, El Clasico: Open Thread

  1. Christopher Harris says:

    I’ve been at a kids birthday this morning, and I’m still there now. Watching the game via my computer via DishWorld. Crystal clear picture.

    • De Selby says:

      You missed Ramos with consecutive elbows to Neymar’s head. The first one deserved a yellow but the ref didn’t give one. On the restart of play Ramos should have gotten a straight red but only got a yellow.

  2. Christopher Harris says:

    Neymar may have paid for his expensive price tag with that one superbly taken goal if it’s enough to help Barcelona win today. Great piece of skill by Barcelona.

  3. Christopher Harris says:

    What does everyone think of the Neymar/Pepe incident? Should it have been a foul, and was Neymar onside?

  4. MoyesvMouvPelli says:

    Bale is a real joke. Most expensive player of all time lol. This what Real get for trying to one up barca with Bale. Neymar looks a better player than Bale and has had a better season so far and game. Both were expensive additions but the Bale one was ridiculous hes not even near Cr7s level back in 2009 yet hes worth more. They could use Ozil right now but due to club politics they let him go.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      Bale isn’t 100% fit, but more importantly he isn’t 100% back to the form he was on last season. It’ll take him time to get back to his best.

      • MoyesvMouvPelli says:

        Is his best as good as Cr7 during his Utd days?? No i think not hes not as great as the press believed him to be at all.

  5. Christopher Harris says:

    Barcelona get the calls again. A clear penalty against Mascherano on Ronaldo, but the referee doesn’t call it.

  6. Guy says:

    Beautiful goal, but can I just strangle Hudson?

  7. Christopher Harris says:

    Ray Hudson is running out of breath.

  8. Guy says:

    “Real’s defenders start making the sign of the cross when Messi gets the ball.” You are irritating, Ray, but that was good.

  9. Ivan says:

    A good El Classico today. Stone cold penalty on CR7 in the 2nd half at 1:0.

    Beautiful goal from Sanchez…underwhelming Messi, still not 100% perhaps?

    Barca had their share of luck to win it…a draw would have been a fair result, but football’s funny like that…

  10. messi says:

    £85m transfer fee
    £300,000 a week in wages
    5 Touches
    2 Dives
    1 Yellow

    Well played Gareth Bale

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