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23.12.2017 » Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona. A poisoned Christmas!

Cristiano Ronaldo surrounded by Barcelona players

Real Madrid needed a win to keep in the fight for La Liga title, but not only they didn't beat Barcelona, as they got crushed at home in a shocking 3-0 defeat. The Blaugrana are now 14 points above Real Madrid in the Spanish league standings...

After what looked like a really impressive first half from Real Madrid, it all fell apart astoundingly in the second half of the game with a 3-0 loss in El Clasico against Barcelona. The ideas were right, starting Kovacic and using him as a man-marker on Messi worked quite well, until it didn't... Madrid's inability to put away chances in the first half ultimately rendered them wholly inadequate in this version of the Clascio and as Isco, Asensio, and Gareth Bale looked on from the bench, it was clear this was not going to be Real Madrid's day. In fact, in the league, it's not looking like our season either...

Cristiano Ronaldo game photos in Real Madrid vs Barcelona
Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona
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And it all started so well. Real Madrid were up for this match, they were sharp, moved the ball quickly and were frankly dominating their Catalan rivals early on. An early goal from Ronaldo was waved off, but he also whiffed on a clear chance in the box as well, possibly the best chance he had all game.

Later on, Karim Benzema would have hit a header off the post, but overall, it was a poor showing from Benzema as fans continue to wonder if he'll ever be sacrificed in Zidane's book.

But still, it was a good first half. Barca had their chances as well and Navas had to react quickly to stop a Paulinho strike. Real Madrid certainly went into halftime feeling as if they had the upperhand... Things were about to change drastically though...

Cristiano Ronaldo helping Lionel Messi in Real Madrid vs Barcelona in 2017

The second half, however, was the stuff of nightmares. First, Kovacic's strict decision to man-mark Messi left Ivan Rakitic wide open as he sprinted right down the center of the field. Rakitic laid it off perfectly for Sergi Roberto, who immediately centered it to Suarez. The Uruguayan easily finished and it was suddenly 1-0. There was an alarming lack of communication on the goal, as someone should have covered for Kovacic.

Soon after it went from bad to worse, an inability to clear the ball lead to a Dani Carvajal's handball in the box - a straight red and a penalty. Messi buried it and Madrid were essentially dead and buried. Down to 10 men and down two goals. Real Madrid have a horrible habit of being down to 10 men versus Barcelona and it happened again today... Terrible discipline from what's supposed to be a mature team.

Barcelona thankfully took their foot off the gas as the game wound down. Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio came on to try to salvage something for Madrid, but it wasn't to be.

And just when it looked to be over, Barcelona added insult to injury as Lionel Messi broke down the right flank past Marcelo and squared perfectly to Aleix Vidal for Barcelona to cap it off 3-0. League over.

Author: Terrance Ross

Real Madrid starting eleven vs Barcelona at the Bernabéu

Real Madrid line-up vs Barcelona:

Goalkeeper: Navas
Defenders: Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Carvajal
Midfielders: Casemiro, Kovacic, Kroos, Modric
Attackers: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema.

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kick-off time (04-01-2018):

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India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+4.30: 00:30
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New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 16:00
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Cristiano Ronaldo missing his chance in El Clasico

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in El Clasico

Lionel Messi standing celebration at the Bernabéu in Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona in 2017

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