UEFA Champions League

April 27, 2011

Full-time

Real Madrid

0 - 2

Barcelona

UEFA Champions League

18:45 +00:00, April 27, 2011

Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid

Referee: Wolfgang Stark

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    It looks, though, as if Barca have set up a rematch of 2009 with Manchester United in the final. The second leg will be a real test of Mourinho's managerial skills as he will have to attack, but anything is possible.

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    Thankfully, the world's greatest player gave us something else to talk about. Mourinho, I'm sure, will want to talk about the sending off.

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    And Messi's second was sublime. Reminded me a little of Maradona against England in 1986, but really only because of Albiol's attempts to bring him down like Terry Fenwick.

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    In truth, Messi was the only good thing about this game. Playacting and constant chasing of the ref made it tough to watch at times, but Afellay's break opened things up.

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    Referee Stark also sent off Jose Mourinho and Barca sub goalkeeper Pinto (at half-time). And Alonso is now telling him exactly what he thinks of him.

  • 93'

    FULL-TIME! REAL MADRID 0-2 BARCELONA. It was a horrible first half, an ugly match. But then Lionel Messi turned things around after the introduction of Afellay and the sending off of Pepe.

  • 92'

    Barcelona just eating the minutes up with their passing game. Real look shot and it would take a miracle for them to overcome their rivals by three goals at the Nou Camp.

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    Messi celebrates his first goal.

  • 91'

    Sergi gets a touch, but is muscled out of it by Ramos.

  • 90'

    Three mins of added time remaining.

  • 90'

    Villa off, and a kid, Sergi Roberto comes on.

  • 89'

    Ronaldo has a chance to break, but knocks it out of play...

  • 89'

    The game petering out. There is a lack of fight in Real now and Jose can do nothing about it from where he is sat.

  • 88'

    Thankfully a moment of magic gives us something to talk about instead of the horror show of the tackles and the play acting.

  • 87'

    Madrid's fans are silent. 11 goals in 11 UCL games for Messi and he just cut the Real defence apart. Albiol tried to foul him, but like Maradona against England in 1986, he kept going and slotted it home.

  • 86'

    GOAL Messi again. What a wonderful goal. He bursts through the defence and slots it past Casillas.

  • 86'

    Real are dropping off in midfield. Diarra and Alonso too tired to chase down Xavi et al.

  • 86'

    Barca are relishing the space and freedom to play with the ball. Another goal would kill off the game for sure.

  • 85'

    Real are tired now, you can see it in the legs.

  • 84'

    Villa wastes a ball forward, but Barca should really be going down the other side. Afellay has been superb since he came on.

  • 83'

    Barcelona obviously invite challenges with the kind of possession game they play, but that was over the line by quite some way. Mourinho just smiles...

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    Jose Pinto (purple) tries to pick a fight with the Real Madrid team at half-time, leading to his dismissal from the bench.

  • 82'

    Very, very lucky to stay on the pitch after that. You could see the blood boiling.

  • 82'

    Adebayor charging around like a man possessed. Busquets invites it, but Ade just smashes him in the face with his hands.

  • 81'

    Afellay makes room and charges down the right. He's made a real difference. Xavi and Messi try to combine, but can't make it work.

  • 80'

    Messi charges into Albiol and the Spaniard goes flying. No yellow though.

  • 80'

    Great stuff from Puyol, who is tracking back to cover a bouncing ball that outfoxes Pique. Di Maria would have been in otherwise.

  • 79'

    A masterclass of possession football from Barcelona now. The pressure to score is off them.

  • 78'

    Adebayor showing some frustration up the Real end, it will be lonely rest of the game for him unless Mourinho brings on some support.

  • 77'

    Now it's Barcelona who are sitting back and inviting the pressure. They have the vital away goal now.

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    Now ten-man Real are up against it.

  • 76'

    Great run from Afellay down the right and works an angle. Messi gets in front of Ramos and stabs it home for his 51st goal of the season.

  • 76'

    GOAL Messi is there. A close range effort and it was Afellay with the assist.

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    Ronaldo hammers it, and it flies well over the bar. He's not been on form from set-pieces tonight.

  • 73'

    Pique brings down Ronaldo about 30 yards out.. this is a chance for Ronaldo to shoot.

  • 73'

    Arbeloa's short throw misses Adebayor, as they miscommunicate.

  • 72'

    Villa has been excellent down the wing, but seems a little wasted out there. Messi is dropping deep and not dictacting the play like we know he can.

  • 71'

    Villa chips and chases, but three Real players are back and Diarra brings him down.

  • 70'

    Pedro off, Afellay on.

  • 70'

    Great passing again from Barca. Villa and Xavi are dictating the play, but lacking a final ball.

  • 69'

    Pedro can't get past Marcelo and it wouldn't surprise me if he was subbed soon.

  • 69'

    That was a great chance, but the rebound just fell behind Pedro's reach.

  • 68'

    Xavi turns and feeds Villa. He cuts inside and has a shot, parried by Casillas and Pedro is almost there. His header can't find the net and now he's down in a heap after getting a bang on the leg.

  • 67'

    Mourinho sitting just outside the dugout. Writes his notes, then passes them on to his bench.

  • 66'

    The possession procession starts in earnest again. But can Barca find a gap? Xavi chips the ball in to Alves, who is caught offside.

  • 66'

    Adebayor is still playing up front on his own, but the midfield for Real will have to work very hard.

  • 65'

    Free-kick finds Ronaldo's head, but he knocks it over the bar.

  • 65'

    The ref has a very tough job on his hands, every challenge is subject to a huge cheer or whistle from the fans and both set of players are on edge.

  • 64'

    Now Puyol goes in hard and Real are baying for blood. It was on Ronaldo, but there was nothing really in it.

  • 64'

    Keita goes up for a challenge with Ramos, but the Barca man has fouled him.

  • 63'

    The noise is deafening.. and the football can start again.

  • 63'

    Real's fans are going crazy... and oh look, Alves is ready to come back on.

  • 62'

    Mourinho mouthes ''Well done, well done'' to the 4th official and applauds him. The Real boss is forced into the stands now.

  • 62'

    Alves is leaving the pitch on a stretcher. But he's probably be back on.

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    The 5th consecutive time Mourinho has had to play with 10 men against Barcelona.

  • 61'

    Oh dear, the ref has lost the plot. The Barca players worked their magic there. Pepe was right to go for the ball. His foot was raised, but it was no more than a yellow.

  • 60'

    Pepe now off for a foul on Alves. How many Barca players were around him there.

  • 59'

    Thankfully, Pedro did not have temerity to ask for a pen.

  • 59'

    Barca have the ball on the egde of the box. Pedro cuts inside and Marcelo sticks out a foot, on the ball, as the Barca man goes over. Top tackle.

  • 58'

    Long ball almost finds Ronaldo, but it's hit too far for him.

  • 57'

    Adebayor hassles Mascherano and Valdes is under pressure as the bouncing ball is hit back to him. The ball is hammered out of play and Mascherano has to release the ball quicker.

  • 56'

    Comment from Dale Johnson: ''It's like it's the mid-90s again! When diving was at its peak.''

  • 56'

    Mascherano goes into the book for bringing down Pepe. The Real man rolls around like it's going out of fashion.

  • 55'

    Barcelona soaking up the play again and Messi is getting on the ball more now. Real still doubling up on him and making sure there is no space though.

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    Iker Casillas is forced to dive to guide David Villa's shot wide of the upright.

  • 54'

    Poor clearance from Valdes falls to Alonso, Pepe then wastes the ball forward - not his natural role.

  • 53'

    First time Messi has really been allowed to turn and run at the defence. Cynical stuff from Ramos, but it stopped a good break from Barca.

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    He misses the next match now, which could be important.

  • 52'

    Ramos booked now for taking out Messi.

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    Barcelona players, led by Javier Mascherano, hound referee Wolfgang Stark.

  • 52'

    Valdes taking his time over the free-kick. Surely not time wasting already???

  • 51'

    Pepe hammers into Alves, who falls to the floor and takes the foul. Easy one that.

  • 51'

    Ball is chipped over and Ronaldo gets there ahead of Valdes. He's pushed wide and tries to get his shot away, but Puyol is there to make the block.

  • 50'

    Barca settle into the possession play and the Real whistles come again.

  • 49'

    Adebayor already providing Real with more of a focus on up front. Ronaldo is freed up a little and looks less frustrated with someone else made to do the chasing.

  • 48'

    Messi with some space and chips a ball in towards Keita, but the ball floats over his head.

  • 47'

    Alonso, who has a habit of scoring from his own half, decides to have a go. But it's over by quite a way.

  • 47'

    Xavi being closed down by Diarra and Alonso. And Real are pushing much quicker to close Barca down this half.

  • 46'

    Pedro breaks down the right and swings it in to Messi who takes it down and smashes a shot into Ramos.

  • 46'

    Adebayor rises immediately and shows his physical presence.

  • 45'

    KICK-OFF. Barcelona get us underway again... More interesting stuff happened in 15 mins of half-time than in the first 45.

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    Little stat before we start: Passes: Real 124- Barca 398, % successful 77%-91%,

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    Ozil comes off, Adebayor on.

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    Barca on the pitch, and Real making them wait.

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    Pep Guardiola emerges with his head held low. Quite right too. Now let's have some decent football.

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    Pinto looks like he was waiting for the Real players as soon as they came off. So probably deserved it.

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    Will bring you more on the Battle at the Bernabeu as we hear it...

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    There was also a yellow card for Pique, but that may have come before the whistle blew. Phew, let's hope this all stops, or they will have to come up with a new name. Clasico is not covering it.

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    Pinto, the sub goalkeeper, has been handed his marching orders for the melee in the tunnel. Barca could be in real trouble if Valdes gets injured now.

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    Some replays of the half-time problems. Sergio Ramos clashing with someone there, lots of pushing, shoving and the backroom staff getting involved. There are two tunnels here, so not sure how they are managing to fight.

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    Remember, you can have your say on the game with Chris Murphy.

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    Jose tries to get his point across.

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    Something going on in the tunnel and well apparently. This is starting to overshadow what should be a good game of football.

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    @JanuszESPN says ''Busquets, just play football. Both teams have to stop moaning and trying to force a yellow card.''

  • 45'

    HALF-TIME! REAL MADRID 0-0 BARCELONA. Tempers fraying a little, and in truth it has been a poor half. Barca playing keepball and Real not attacking much. A few good chances, but more is expected.

  • 45'

    Oh, but now there's a chance. Ronaldo hits it cleanly and Valdes blocks with his chest. Ozil following up can't beat Valdes' legs and Di Maria hits another rebound over the bar.

  • 45'

    Oh look, Ronaldo has hammered it into the wall again. Very poor.

  • 45'

    In the midst of all that, it's a free kick. Two mins of added time.

  • 44'

    Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "This diving is a joke/embarrassing. When Pedro watches that do u think he'll think what was I doing!? Rugby players must laugh at football!"

  • 44'

    Dani Alves in the book and there's another fight in the middle of the park involving Busquets now.

  • 44'

    First Marcelo, now Di Maria think they should have a free-kick. Eventually there is one.

  • 44'

    Puyol with an excellent back header somehow performed without actually looking at the ball.

  • 43'

    Xavi, to Messi, pops it forward to Villa, who tries to set it back for him, but the ball is cut out before he reaches it. Great one-touch stuff.

  • 42'

    Messi and Villa looking most dangerous on the edge of the box. Villa robs Marcelo and wins a corner.

  • 41'

    Barcelona looking to calm things down again as they resort to their passing in their own half again.

  • 40'

    The fire has been stoked, and could be a fiesty few minutes before the half.

  • 40'

    Arbeloa is booked for that.

  • 40'

    Ramos and Pique were clashing, while Mascherano and Puyol crowded the ref.. in the melee.

  • 39'

    Replays show Pedro running into Arbeloa. He probably blocked his run, but that was it. No face contact whatsoever.

  • 39'

    Mourinho smiling on the touchline. What is the ref going to do here?

  • 39'

    Here we go... off the ball Pedro is down and holding his face. The Barca players are going mad.

  • 38'

    Ronaldo with a horrible free-kick into the wall.

  • 37'

    Alves accuses him of diving, which he very possibly did. But both teams are surrounding the ref and he's having to control the situation.

  • 37'

    Di Maria felled now by Alves and the tempers are starting to flare.

  • 36'

    Alonso fails to find anyone with the free-kick. Di Maria tries a dribble on the way back, and on the break Villa has a go on his own. Both come to nothing.

  • 35'

    Alves robbed by Marcelo and now he has a strop. Been waiting for that. Looked like Villa bringing him down, but the reaction is so dramatic.

  • 34'

    Pepe has a header, but Valdes didn't have to worry about that one too much.

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    Jose and Pep meet before the game.

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    Real really offering very little up front. Ronaldo is cutting a frustrated figure.

  • 32'

    Miscommunication between Keita and Pedro. The winger has gone missing a little of late. But on the other side, it is Messi who slips it to Villa and almost finds a gap.

  • 31'

    Pepe finds himself in an advanced position, but can't get the better of Pique.

  • 31'

    Xavi wastes the patient build up by taking a long shot. It flies well over.

  • 30'

    Messi tries to slid Pedro in, but Albiol is there. Barcelona trying to play a little more advanced now, but they are still being hounded everytime they enter the Real half.

  • 29'

    First dive from Dani Alves as Pepe comes across and he wins a free-kick. Still no yellow cards and that's a bit of a shock given their history.

  • 29'

    Ronaldo really should be using his pace against the likes of Puyol at the back, but he's being pushed deep and isn't having much of an impact at the moment.

  • 28'

    Ozil now with space, but Mascherano comes right in there and uses his strength. Ozil is upset and Masch offers him some advice about staying on his feet.

  • 27'

    Messi coming into the game more, but his pass it cut out and Diarra tries to find Ozil with a long through ball. Pique does well to cover.

  • 26'

    Ronaldo trying to work some magic, but Arbeloa is caught offside and he shows his frustration.

  • 26'

    Xavi just beat the offside trap in an odd position for him. Messi pushing the defence with his vision.

  • 25'

    First real chance. Xavi hits a shot after a great ball from Messi. He hits it low and Casillas beats it away.

  • 25'

    Marcelo bundles Villa over and he's having trouble with the Spanish striker on the wing.

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    Javier Mascherano tracks Cristiano Ronaldo, who has lost sight of the ball

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    Yet more touches from Pique et al...

  • 22'

    No space for Barcelona to play at all. XI Madrid players all back in their own half.

  • 22'

    Marcelo urges his men on and Di Maria forces Mascherano to get down and block. Small bursts of energy all round, but nothing doing.

  • 21'

    Xavi is being made to hurry in the centre. Diarra just getting in his face and stopping his rhythm.

  • 21'

    Xavi is being made to hurry in the centre. Diarra just getting in his face and stopping his rhythm.

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    Now Valdes is made to work, Di Maria chases him down and he almost cut out the clearance.

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    Dear me, Barcelona are back into their passing across defence. Could be a record number of touches for Pique tonight.

  • 18'

    Ronaldo now tries to get on the ball by a combination of Mascherano and Keita get back and cut him out.

  • 17'

    Ronaldo so angry there at the lack of pressing,. Real are sitting back, Barcelona are keeping the ball.

  • 17'

    Ronaldo going crazy!!! He was chasing the CBs and his tea-mates weren't helping... now he has a pout and stands with his hands on his hips not moving.

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    A rare missed pass from Busquets. Looking for Pedro, he just smacks it out of play.

  • 16'

    Messi pops up on the left now, but that is why Pepe is in the side! He is very strong and just tracks his man and knocks him off the ball.

  • 15'

    Real fans are whistling. Probably getting a little bored of seeing their side chasing shadows.

  • 14'

    Messi and Xavi brilliant interplay. The ball finds Pedro on the left and his low centre is cut out. Just not enough pace on the ball.

  • 13'

    Real are looking a little frustrated. Barca doing a good job of keeping the ball and Diarra goes in hard on Xavi. No bookings yet though.

  • 12'

    Messi is off colour so far. He's been knocked off the ball a few times and Diarra is coming back well.

  • 11'

    Best chance of the game so far. Casillas was diving at full strength and I don't think he was getting there.

  • 11'

    Wow, that was close. Villa has a go and he curls it past the post after cutting inside past Marcelo and Pepe.

  • 10'

    Real are pushing up now and Ronaldo nicks the ball away, but is stopped by a great tackle from Busquets.

  • 10'

    Barca can pass it all they like in their own half, but they won't score like that.

  • 9'

    Neither side has really managed to take a strangehold as yet. Real are sitting deep and inviting Barca pressure, but looking for the counter.

  • 8'

    Pedro looking bright, but he's being well marshalled by Ramos. Barcelona looking to build and most of their work is coming down their left.

  • 7'

    Keita goes in hard on Ramos, and he's down and whingeing early. It was a foul, and the ref is handling things well at the moment.

  • 6'

    Pedro chases down Casillas, and the keeper slices his kick. But it's safe.

  • 5'

    Barcelona looking to control the ball as only they can. It's all in their own half at the moment though.

  • 5'

    Barcelona surround the ref already. Puyol is in Stark's face after Ramos goes down.

  • 5'

    Ronaldo now has a sighter, he takes it inside and releases a shot, but it bobbles into the hands of Valdes.

  • 4'

    Xavi has a go on the volley from 35 yards. It's very well hit, but Casillas is behind it and catches easily.

  • 3'

    Mourinho spotted jotting down some notes. What on earth can he have planned already??

  • 3'

    A few early fouls, all on Madrid players thus far. But nothing too tasty.

  • 2'

    Messi gets his first touch and is away before the foot of Marcelo comes in and knocks it away.

  • 2'

    Villa kicks the ball away after running it out of play and is widely booed.

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    Mascherano is playing centre-back and already getting himself into a little trouble when trying to clear.

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    KICK-OFF. Madrid get us underway...

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    Atmosphere is hotting up. Exciting time to be a football fan and, if you're at the Bernabeu, you might not be able to hear for a few days. It is loud!

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    Just enough time, as the players walk out, to watch this. A stunning animation of the 5-0 win by Barca earlier this season.

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    Lots of attention tonight on ref Wolfgang Stark. He's one of the world's best and was at the 2010 World Cup. Pressure will be on though.

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    Courtesy of @ESPNPressPass: Total #UCL games played: #RealMadrid's XI - 470; #Barcelona's XI - 559. Nobody in either line-up has played fewer than 19 #UCL games.

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    Oh, and in case you didn't think he was special enough: Jose Mourinho is the first manager to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League with four different clubs.

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    Will be interesting to see whether it is Busquets or Mascherano lining up at centre-back. A little bit of chat suggesting it might be the former Liverpool man.

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    Yes, it's only a first leg, but there's a great chance for one to put one in the final as Manchester Unietd did last night against Schalke.

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    Remember, the two have played twice already in the past week or so. Game of two pens in the league and it was 1-1, Real won the Copa del Rey late on with a 1-0 victory courtesy of Ronaldo.

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    Real Madrid have opened the scoring in all of their 10 Champions League games this season.

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    Barcelona have the most number of goals from set-pieces in the UCL this season (6) but have only won 3 of their away games in the competition.

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    Others in the office have been putting their hard earned cash on a 0-0... let's hope it's not like that.

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    Chris Murphy has all the chat and updates as well. He says ''Mourinho knows what happens if he opens the game up (5-0) so his policy will be to try and break up play, squeeze Barca's flair players and attack sensibly at the right times.''

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    And don't forget we have a Twitter page to follow as well if you haven't already. @ESPNsoccernet

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    Our very own Dale Johnson has a preview of the big game for you to read

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    Jose, meanwhile, has been channelling Einstein in a bid to get his side on track.

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    Some background on the Pep v Jose squabble - as Pep hammered his rival in a pre-match presser.

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    The two benches make interesting reading. Kaka, Higuain, Adebayor and Benzema; or Fontas, Afellay, Thiago and Milito?

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    Real Madrid lineup: Casillas; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Albiol, Marcelo; Pepe, Diarra, Xabi Alonso; �zil, Cristiano Ronaldo, Di Mar�a.

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    Those teams in full. Barcelona lineup: V�ctor Vald�s; Daniel Alves, Mascherano, Piqu�, Puyol; Busquets, Xavi, Keita; Pedro, Messi, David Villa.

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    Real have dropped Khedira for Diarra and start with Pepe and Alonso also in midfield. Ozil, Ronaldo and Di Maria up front.

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    Some early team news for you. Barca play with Busquets at CB and Puyol filing in at left-back. Mascherano starts, Iniesta is not fit enough to. Pedro joins Messi and Villa up front.

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    Barcelona are backing their boss after he slammed Jose Mourinho in a pre-match presser. Fireworks expected.

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    Tensions have been raised between Guardiola and Mourinho.

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    Join us for live commentary at 1945 BST from the third Clasico game, and the first in the Champions League semi-final, as Barcelona travel to Real Madrid.