Wednesday April 27, 2011 Semifinal Finished Bernabéu

Real Madrid 0 - 2 FC Barcelona

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  1. Mourinho vents his fury

    Mourinho vents his fury

    Jose Mourinho wrote off Real Madrid's Champions League chances and accused Barcelona of being favoured by the footballing authorities. More

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    Time:90'
    • Real Madrid
    • FC Barcelona
    • 90'+3 There goes the final whistle! And Barca win it 2-0! Madrid are aggrieved and they have it all to do next week back at the Camp Nou!
    • 90'+1 So, with three Clasicos down in this mini-series, it's all square. Madrid have won one, Barca have won one and there has been one draw.
    • 90' With the match won, Villa is withdrawn. Sergi Roberto comes on to replace him.
    • 87' GOAL! Messi again! It's two for Barca! And surely that will be enough now! What a strike! He dances through the Madrid defence before finishing past Casillas! A fine individual goal!
    • 84' With a lead heading back to the Nou Camp, you'd expect Barca to make it to the final now...
    • 82' Adebayor now gets booked for a shove to the face of Busquets... he could easily have gone for that. Mourinho watches icily from the stands.
    • 79' Messi jumps into Albiol and the crowd are baying for blood, but it's just a free-kick.
    • 77' That's Messi's first goal in Barca's six semi-finals over the past three years.
    • 76' GOAL! Messi gives Barca the lead! Afellay does really well to get the byline past Marcelo to send over a cross to the near post where Messi applies the finishing touch!
    • 75' Ronaldo dusts himself off but his free-kick is way over the bar.
    • 74' Ronaldo and Pique clash... it'll be a Madrid free-kick.
    • 73' This game really has been a disappointment. It's become a bit of a battle, rather than the free-flowing showcase of football we were hoping for.
    • 71' Pedro departs, Afellay comes on.
    • 70' Twenty minutes left for Barca to grab what could be a vital away goal.
    • 69' You'd expect Barca to start to play some more expansive football now, but remember, Real did well with just 10 men in the Liga match last week.
    • 68 Ooh! Villa does really well to get off a shot that Casillas saves... but he can only prod it out towards Pedro, who somehow reacts in time to get a head on it! Just wide of the post!
    • 67' Xavi dinks a ball over the top to Alves, but the full-back is way offside.
    • 66' Alonso takes a free-kick towards Ronaldo, who rises to meet it with a header! He's stretching though and his effort goes over the bar!
    • 64' Mourinho was sarcastically applauding the fourth ref. This game has got a real sour undertone to it at the moment.
    • 63' Alves is stretchered off and it looks like Mourinho has been sent to the stands!
    • 62' After the challenge went in, Barca players surrounded the ref... did they influence the ref's decision?
    • 61' Pepe is off! Real Madrid are down to 10 men! It's a studs-up challenge on Alves, but really nothing too malicious.
    • 60' Adebayor wins a great header... Ronaldo tries to pick it up, but he hits the deck. No foul.
    • 59' Marcelo sticks out a leg to make a challenge on Pedro in the box! Risky challenge, but it's a fair one - he gets the ball and there's no penalty!
    • 58' Alves plays a loose pass in the middle of the park, but Barca win the ball back soon enough.
    • 57' Alonso takes the resulting free-kick... but Valdes is off his line to claim the ball expertly.
    • 56' Mascherano is now booked, for a trip on Pepe. Tempers are still at boiling point out there.
    • 53' Messi now skips past a few challenges before Ramos throws a strong arm at him to end his run forward... deserved yellow for Ramos, who protests against the decision.
    • 52' Here come Madrid, with Marcelo on the gallop down the left... he's stopped in his tracks soon enough though.
    • 51' Pepe is called up for a foul on Alves, who has been very quick to go to ground tonight.
    • 50' Ronaldo gets to a long ball before Valdes... the keeper retreats hastily as Ronaldo turns at the byline before firing on goal! Blocked! Adebayor was probably better placed to score there, but the former Manchester United man opted to ignore him.
    • 49' Arbeloa launches a long throw into the Barca box... Pique is there to head clear.
    • 48' Alsono tries his luck with a first-time effort from way out... Valdes is slightly off his line but Alonso's effort sails into the crowd anyway.
    • 47' Real have made a change at the break and decided to bring on a recognised striker, Emmanuel Adebayor, for Ozil.
    • 46' The teams come out separately for the second half... and we're under way!
    • - Action as the teams head down the tunnel at the break! Milito and Pinto are involved in a fracas! Barca sub keeper Pinto is sent off! It's handbags really, but we can expect fireworks when the players re-emerge for the second half!
    • 45'+2 And there goes the half-time whistle! It's goalless at the Bernabeu after a disappointing opening period that only came to life late in the day.
    • 45'+1 Ronaldo nearly redeems himself with a swerving effort that Valdes parries out moments later, but it's only as far as Ozil! Valdes again saves, but the flag is up for offside anyway.
    • 45' What can Ronaldo do with this free-kick... again nothing as he again hits the wall. Poor.
    • 44' And again, there is a mass coming together of both sets of players as Busquets hits the deck clutching his face following a collision with Marcelo. Nothing wrong with him at all.
    • 43' Marcelo does well on a run forward before Di Maria is upended by Alves, who gets booked.
    • 42' Xavi, Messi and Villa conspire to nearly prise open the Real defence... Ramos clear his lines in the end though.
    • 41' That was a whole lot of fuss over very little. But maybe that's what the game needed as a spectacle.
    • 40' Arbeloa, who sent Pedro tumbling with a body check, is given a yellow card, the first of the night.
    • 39' Pedro takes a tumble off the ball and all hell breaks loose! Ramos and Pique are head-to-head, Mascherano is giving the referee an earful and Pedro is still down!
    • 38' When the free-kick is taken, it's disappointing from Ronaldo though, and he hits the wall.
    • 37' Alonso and Mascherano have a few verbals as they wait for the free-kick to be taken.
    • 36' Alves is pulled up for a trip on Di Maria... the Brazilian claims a dive, which angers the crowd! The ref gives the free-kick nevertheless and Real have a free-kick in a great position, near the corner flag.
    • 35' Barca break quickly with Villa who tries to get off a shot... blocked at close quarters!
    • 34' Pepe gets on the end of a Real free-kick towards the back post. But Valdes is there to claim his header.
    • 33' Pique plays an uncharacterstic pass straight out of play and that pretty much sums up tonight.
    • 32' Messi plays in Villa down the right as Barca change up a gear, but he can't get past Albiol and a goal kick is signalled as the ball pings out of play.
    • 31' It's far from a classic Clasico so far. Pretty much what we expected in this first leg though...
    • 30' It opens up a little for Xavi, and he lets fly from 25 yards out... well over the bar.
    • 29' Pepe could be in trouble here after he tugs back Alves... no card for the Portuguese though.
    • 28' Real have played 12 games against fellow-Spanish clubs in Europe and have lost only twice, both more than 50 years ago - 1-0 to Atletico Madrid in the 1959 European Cup semi-finals and 2-1 to Barcelona in the 1960-61 European Cup.
    • 27' Messi is crowded out by Ramos and Arbeloa... goal kick to Real.
    • 26' Ronaldo with a delightful back heel! That's what Real need at the moment - a bit of spark. Or maybe they're happy with the way things are at the moment?
    • 25' Arbeloa is caught offside and another Real attack breaks down.
    • 24' Oooh! Messi unlocks the Madrid defence with a brilliant pass through for Xavi, who runs onto it on the turn and shoots first time! Casillas is forced into making his first save of the night - a good one at that!
    • 23' Real aren't showing too much attacking intention, at least not from their midfield players, who are quite happy to sit back at the moment.
    • 22' Keita looks to break forward but he runs into a white wall...
    • 21' It goes quick and short to Di Maria, but he can't make anything of his good position and Barca come away with the ball once again.
    • 20' Diarra wins it back again for Real, and Marcelo wins a corner soon after!
    • 19' It's all very cagey so far and the game is yet to spark into life.
    • 18' Diarra wins it now for Real... but a wayward pass from Alonso goes straight out of play and gifts the ball back to Barca.
    • 17' Spells of Madrid possession are short-lived at the moment...
    • 16' You can understand why the crowd are getting frustrated, with Barca just keeping the ball and playing it around the back.
    • 15' Barcelona have won only three of their last 14 Champions League away games and have not won any of their last six away matches in European competition against other Spanish clubs.
    • 14' Barca are playing the ball around with their usual confidence, but as yet, that Villa shot aside, they have not broken down the Real back line.
    • 12' Pique plays a long ball looking for Villa out wide... the threat is nullified by Puyol though.
    • 11' Messi has scored 15 goals in his last 15 Champions League games, including nine this season, but he has not found the net in any of the six semi-finals over the past three years.
    • 10' Oooh! Villa cuts inside from the right hand side and lets fly with a bouncing shot that flies just wide of the upright! That's the first half chance of the night!
    • 9' Barca look to build from the back again... and here come the whistles from the stands...
    • 8' Real are unbeaten in their last 11 Champions League games and have kept clean sheets in eight of the last 10. They share with Manchester United the distinction of having the best defence in this season's competition, conceding only three goals in their 10 games.
    • 7' Ramos hits the deck under a challenge by Keita... he'll be fine to carry on though.
    • 6' The whistles sound as Barca keep a little bit of possession... surely Real fans are used to that by now!
    • 5' Ronaldo now registers Real's first shot on target. Like Xavi's effort though, it's straight at the keeper and Valdes is able to make a comfortable save.
    • 4' Xavi lets fly from 30 yards! It's a great hit but it's straight at Casillas.
    • 4' Mourinho is already taking notes in the dugout...
    • 3' Keita bundles over Diarra in the centre circle and Real have a free-kick.
    • 2' Messi on the ball immediately for Barca, but Pepe steps in to dispossess the Argentine.
    • 1' Here we go! Under way in Madrid for Part III of the Clasico series!
    • 19:44 It's a beautiful evening in the Spanish capital tonight as Casillas and Puyol meet in the centre circle to toss up.
    • 19:42 Here come the teams onto an electric Bernabeu pitch! Both teams, of course, in their traditional colours tonight. Most of the stands are a sea of white, with fans waving white sheets of paper around.
    • 19:40 Just a quick word on Real's bench tonight: Kaka, Higuain, Benzema and Adebayor are all on it. Talk about firepower, should they need it.
    • 19:35 These two sides have played each other six times in European competition. Real have won three, Barcelona just one, with two draws. This will be the third time that the two Spanish arch-rivals have met in the semi-final of Europe's premier club competition. Real advanced to the final on both previous occasions - in 1960 and 2002.
    • 19:30 Mourinho has been ramping up the mind games ahead of tonight's clash, and surprisingly Pep Guardiola has responded. Guardiola hits back at Mourinho
    • 19:25 Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has an enviable recent record against Barcelona having masterminded Internazionale's elimination of the Catalans at the same stage last year. But he claims not to have a 'magic potion' when it comes to playing Barca. Mourinho plays down expectations
    • 19:20 For Barca, Carles Puyol returns from injury to ease Barca's defensive woes, with Eric Abidal, Maxwell and Adriano all out injured. The skipper will play in Adriano's place, with Javier Mascherano to play in the middle at the back. Diego Milito returns to the bench from injury. And with Andres Iniesta out injured, Pedro is given a chance to shine.
    • 19:15 So, Lassana Diarra takes the place of the injured Sami Khedira in Real's starting line-up and with Ricardo Carvalho suspended, Raul Albiol comes in at the back. Pepe remains in his defensive midfield role.
    • 19:10 Tonight's referee is Wolfgang Stark (Germany).
    • 19:05 The teams are in... REAL MADRID: Casillas, Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Albiol, Marcelo, Alonso, Pepe, Diarra, Ozil, Ronaldo, Di Maria. Subs: Adan, Kaka, Benzema, Granero, Garay, Higuain, Adebayor /// BARCELONA: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Busquets, Puyol, Xavi, Mascherano, Keita, Pedro, Messi, Villa. Subs: Pinto, Jeffren, Milito, Afellay, Fontas, Roberto, Thiago
    • 19:00 What does round three have in store? It certainly promises to be a cracking night of football - and another in a week's time - with a place in the final at Wembley up for grabs, quite possibly against Manchester United, who beat Schalke 2-0 away from home last night. United overawe Schalke to edge towards final
    • 18:55 Round two went Madrid's way - a 1-0 extra-time win in the Copa del Rey final at the Mestalla, thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's extra-time winner. Ronaldo fires Real to Copa glory
    • 18:50 Round one was tied - a 1-1 draw in La Liga, also at the Bernabeu - but the result was viewed more favourably in Madrid than in Barcelona, given they came back to win a point with 10 men. That said, heading into this match, Barca hold an eight-point advantage in the league. Ronaldo rescues point for 10-man Madrid
    • 18:45 Real Madrid welcome Barcelona to the Bernabeu for round three of the late-season Clasico series - the Champions League semi-final, first leg.
  • Summary

    • 87' GOAL! Messi again! It's two for Barca! And surely that will be enough now! What a strike! He dances through the Madrid defence before finishing past Casillas! A fine individual goal!
    • 76' GOAL! Messi gives Barca the lead! Afellay does really well to get the byline past Marcelo to send over a cross to the near post where Messi applies the finishing touch!
    • 68 Ooh! Villa does really well to get off a shot that Casillas saves... but he can only prod it out towards Pedro, who somehow reacts in time to get a head on it! Just wide of the post!
    • 66' Alonso takes a free-kick towards Ronaldo, who rises to meet it with a header! He's stretching though and his effort goes over the bar!
    • 63' Alves is stretchered off and it looks like Mourinho has been sent to the stands!
    • 61' Pepe is off! Real Madrid are down to 10 men! It's a studs-up challenge on Alves, but really nothing too malicious.
    • - Action as the teams head down the tunnel at the break! Milito and Pinto are involved in a fracas! Barca sub keeper Pinto is sent off! It's handbags really, but we can expect fireworks when the players re-emerge for the second half!
    • 45'+1 Ronaldo nearly redeems himself with a swerving effort that Valdes parries out moments later, but it's only as far as Ozil! Valdes again saves, but the flag is up for offside anyway.
    • 24' Oooh! Messi unlocks the Madrid defence with a brilliant pass through for Xavi, who runs onto it on the turn and shoots first time! Casillas is forced into making his first save of the night - a good one at that!
    • 10' Oooh! Villa cuts inside from the right hand side and lets fly with a bouncing shot that flies just wide of the upright! That's the first half chance of the night!
    • 19:05 The teams are in... REAL MADRID: Casillas, Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Albiol, Marcelo, Alonso, Pepe, Diarra, Ozil, Ronaldo, Di Maria. Subs: Adan, Kaka, Benzema, Granero, Garay, Higuain, Adebayor /// BARCELONA: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Busquets, Puyol, Xavi, Mascherano, Keita, Pedro, Messi, Villa. Subs: Pinto, Jeffren, Milito, Afellay, Fontas, Roberto, Thiago

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      Goalkeeper
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      Strikers
      Substitution Out90′ 8.5 -
      Substitution Out71′ 8 -
      Goals ×2 8.5 -
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      Substitution In71′ 8.5 -
      Substitution In90′ 7 -

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