El Clasico and Milan derby - scores and updates

Text commentary as Barcelona draw 2-2 against Real Madrid in el Clasico and Inter beat AC Milan.

7 October 2012 Last updated at 22:54

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  1. 2251: 

    Well that's it for this special, bespoke Euro-live-text Hope you have all enjoyed it, and make sure you are back with us on Friday evening when England play San Marino. See you then.

  2. 2248: 

    I urge you to check out Zlatan's two goals for PSG tonight. Both very special efforts.

  3. 2239: 

    That win sees Porto go joint top of the table with Benfica, while Sporting are struggling down in 11th place.

  4. 2239: 
    FULL-TIME- Porto 2-0 Sporting
  5. 2236: 

    PSG may have spent a fortune this summer, but it's Marseille who stay clear at the top of Ligue 1.

    Marseille midfielder Benoit Cheyrou said after the game: "We showed that we could rival PSG.

    "A lot of people thought we would lose this match 4-0 or 5-0, he said. "The league lasts a long time and we've started well."

  6. 2230: 
    GOAL- Porto 2-0 Sporting - James Rodriguez (83 mins)

    James Rodriguez buries the sopt-kick and that is that. Game over.

  7. 2229: 
    PENALTY TO PORTO

    A second penalty of the night awarded to the hosts. Can they make this one count?

  8. 2228: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Sporting so close to an equaliser. Danijel Pranjic pings in a peach of a free-kick and Helton tips it away.

  9. 2227: 

    Switch your minds back to the domestic league if you want, as Match of the Day 2 is just starting on BBC 2 and on this here website (UK Only).

  10. 2226: 

    Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has damaged his left shoulder after he landed attempting an overhead kick in the second half of that cracking Clasico.

    "The player is waiting for medical staff to conduct more tests in the coming hours," Real said.

  11. 2224: 

    It would be a big ask for Pippo Inzaghi to cut his managerial teeth at AC Milan. Plus he'd probably be offside anyway...

  12. 2224: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ollie on Twitter: "Surely the stage is set for Inzaghi to come back and fire Milan into the top half of the table?"

    Sam Lawson on Twitter: "Just watched Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goals again. Not many players in the world can consistently score spectacular goals like he can..."

  13. 2219: 
    RED CARD FOR SPORTING- Marcos Rojo

    The cards have been racking up for Sporting since the break, and Argentine defender Marcos Rojo now sees red after what looked like an elbow to the back of James Rodriguez.

  14. 2213: 

    Apparently this is AC Milan's worst start in the league for 72 years. With an international break to come, this could be sacking time.

  15. 2211: 

    I've not seen that confirmed as yet, but Cristiano Ronaldo did look in pain after landing on that shoulder.

    Still, if we are talking about heroics, we are not quite in the same ballpark as Paul Wood - who played on despite rupturing a testicle in yesterday's Super League grand final.

  16. 2210: 
    GET INVOLVED

    James in London on text: "My respect for Ronaldo has increased, finding out he played on with a dislocated shoulder....not quite Busquets then is he?"

  17. 2207: 

    This has not been a classic in Porto. We have about 25 minutes left.

  18. 2201: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Lucho Gonzalez

    Porto have the chance to put this game to bed, but skipper Lucho Gonzalez rattles his penalty against the post! A huge let-off for Sporting.

  19. 2200: 
    PENALTY TO PORTO
  20. 2155: 
    FULL-TIME- Marseille 2-2 PSG

    After all the noise of those four goals in the opening half hour, it's ended a 2-2 draw. As you were then in Ligue 1, with Marseille holding a three-point lead.

  21. 2155: 

    The pressure on AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has been ratcheted up a notch this evening. Financial cuts or no financial cuts, AC Milan do not expect to be down in 11th spot.

    Club legend Pippo Inzaghi is on the coaching staff and is an option, while there is some fanciful chat in the Italian press of getting Pep Guardiola in. Crazy talk?

  22. 2152: 

    Good chance for Marseille to win La Classique as we enter stoppage time, but Mathieu Valbuena can't control a cross properly. Looks like it's going to end 2-2 in the south of France.

  23. 2148: 

    Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has been on after his side's thrilling 2-2 draw with Barcelona.

    "The result is perfectly suited to the match, which was very good and which the whole world enjoyed, just like myself and the players from both teams," Mourinho told a news conference.

    "I prefer to focus on that because it's the true reflection of the game, well contested and without knowing until the last moment who was going to win," the Portuguese added.

    "The league is how it was, my team pleased me a great deal and the world is happy."

  24. 2143: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Johnny Calopsita on Twitter: "Don't know what we expect after taking off El Shaarawy. Only reliable player we have right now. Costly substitution by Allegri."

  25. 2142: 

    When Walter Samuel dies, he will be stuffed and adopted as Inter's mascot. That's 10 wins out of 10 against Milan now for the Argentine centre-half.

  26. 2141: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Damon on 81111 on text: "I just think that the spectacle of these games - Barca v Real, Inter v AC and PSG v Marseille - has been fantastic. English match-ups are dull in comparison."

    Matthew in Bolton on 81111 on text: "Can we have European games more often?"

    Sebastian on 81111 on text: "So much appreciation for the pan-European coverage this evening. More of this please."

  27. 2141: 

    Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas on Twitter: "Although we have not ended in victory we fought until the end. Thanks to the fans for being awesome tonight."

  28. 2138: 

    A bit of post-match handbags as Inter striker Diego Milito clashes with some AC Milan players. Nothing serious in that though, before some superb Jose Mourinho style celebrations from Inter coach Andrea Stramaccioni.

    He sprints to the away end and screams "It's yours! It's yours!"

    I presume he means the win. Inter are up to fourth, with Milan 11th.

  29. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- AC Milan 0-1 Internazionale

    A third home defeat of the season for AC Milan leaves them in the bottom half of the table. A huge derby win for Inter.

  30. 2136: 

    In France, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has the chance of a hat-trick in Marseille but he is stretching as he volleys Jeremy Menez's cross and the ball soars over the top.

  31. 2134: 
    CLOSE!

    It's been shoot-on-sight from Riccardo Montolivo all evening and his latest daisy cutter hits Walter Samuel and spins just wide of the far post. That was very, very close.

  32. 2132: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ben Paige on Twitter: "Inter appear to be borrowing the Chelsea bus."

    Josh Bond on Twitter: "Bojan. One of the most overrated footballers ever. (He'll probably score now)"

    Pat Cox on Twitter: "Just to let you know of another derby that took place today: Fenerbahce dispatched rivals Besiktas 3-0."

  33. 2131: 

    Into the last three minutes at the San Siro where it looks like Inter are going to hang on for the win. It will be their third derby win in a row.

  34. 2128: 

    Over in France, we are midway through the second half and it remains 2-2 between Marseille and PSG. It's the home side Marseille who have had the better of it since the break though.

  35. 2125: 
    PENALTY APPEAL

    AC Milan are livid here. That man Giampaolo Pazzini shows some amazing skill to flick a pass through his marker's legs, Robinho tries to get on the end of it but goes to ground - nothing given.

  36. 2124: 

    Giampaolo Pazzini again wastes a good chance for AC Milan, this time he can't get a proper connection at the far post and Inter survive. Javier Zanetti then picks out Rodrigo Palacio with a pass on the counter attack and the Inter sub could have wrapped this one up but his shot is poor.

  37. 2121: 
    CLOSE!

    AC Milan aren't so much knocking on the door as arriving mob handed with bailiffs demanding entry. Urby Emanuelson is the latest to threaten, cracking in a low cross-shot which beats everyone queuing up at the far post. Again, a touch would have been enough.

  38. 2119: 

    And now there is a great chance for AC Milan to even things up. Robinho pulls out a magnificent pass to clip it to the back post, but fellow replacement Giampaolo Pazzini doesn't anticipate it at all and can't reach the cross. Begging to be put away that one.

  39. 2118: 
    CLOSE!

    PSG have thrown on Kevin Gameiro at the break and he has a great chance in Marseille. Jeremy Menez with a great ball down the side of the defence but Gameiro drags his shot into the side netting.

  40. 2116: 

    I don't think Milan will be signing anyone I'm afraid. Silvio Berlusconi has been a bit busy in the last few years and the days of big investment appear to be over for now.

  41. 2116: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ajay Deshpande on Twitter: "Milan badly need to sign some decent players."

    Chris Murtagh on Twitter: "Feel for AC fans, they put up with this every week. Won't score against seven men. Shocking side."

    Tom Margetts on Twitter: "Great coverage tonight across leagues other than the Premier League... It's not all about the Premier League out there."

  42. 2114: 

    It's still 2-2 in France, as AC Milan take off the in-form Stephan El Shaarawy and bring on Giampaolo Pazzini. Who scored the first goal at the new Wembley don't you know...

  43. 2111: 

    Oh dear Bojan! It's a carbon copy of the chance moments earlier as Riccardo Montolivo cracks in a shot, Samir Handanovic can only scoop the ball out to Bojan, who slips as he looks certain to score and falls over instead.

  44. 2108: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Good save from Samir Handanovic keeps Inter ahead. Again it's Riccardo Montolivo who takes aim from 25 yards, the ball swerves all over the place but the keeper turns it away, Bojan is on the scene and chips in a cross but Inter manage to get the ball clear.

  45. 2107: 

    One-way traffic at the San Siro now. Inter are sitting very deep and soaking up the pressure.

  46. 2101: 

    AC Milan have brought Robinho on now as they look for an equaliser. With just over half an hour to go you'd fancy them to find a goal against 10 men, but we all remember Inter somehow shutting out Barcelona for 180 minutes in the Champions League semi a few years ago.

  47. 2101: 

    Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague tweets: "Madrid will get close to Barcelona in the table for sure. It will go down to the wire..."

  48. 2101:  
    Gary Lineker, Match of the Day host

    "Lionel Andres Messi is the finest footballer I have seen in my lifetime."

  49. 2058: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Oli on 81111 on text: "Re Ian Marks (2036): That international honours talk is complete nonsense. Like George Best would have won the World Cup with Northern Ireland?"

    Nathan on 81111 on text: "The idea that a player has to perform on the international stage is outdated. These players are playing the best football anyone has ever seen. It's unbelievable."

    Anon on 81111 on text: "The best football I have seen in years! Amazing talents on both sides. People talk about Rooney in the same breath as Messi and Ronaldo? Not in million years."

  50. 2058: 
    GOAL- Porto 1-0 Sporting - Jackson Martinez (10 mins)

    Two back-heeled volleys in one night? Europe, you are spoiling us. Jackson Martinez thumps Porto ahead with a marvellous effort, taking a through ball on his chest before sweeping past the keeper.

  51. 2056: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Inter have to reshuffle things around after that red card, and there is a fiery atmosphere as Antonio Cassano comes off to be replaced by Alvaro Pereira. Cassano left AC Milan in the summer don't forget.

  52. 2052: 
    RED CARD FOR INTER- Yuto Nagatomo

    What a start to the second half. And it's a nonsense of a red card as well, as Inter's Japanese midfielder Yuto Nagatomo - booked in the first half - sticks his arm out and handballs. It's a red card which did not need to happen. Big boost for AC Milan though.

  53. 2049: 
    KICK-OFF- AC Milan 0-1 Internazionale

    The second half is under way at the San Siro. Can Milan find a way back?

  54. 2047: 

    It has kicked off in Portugal for the final huge game on our radar. Porto are taking on Sporting Lisbon.

  55. 2047: 

    Infostrada Sports tweets: "In only one Clasico a player of both teams scored a hattrick. In 1916 Luis Belaunde (Real) and Paulino Alcantara (Barca) scored 3 goals: 6-6."

  56. 2041: 

    So Barcelona stay eight points clear of Real Madrid in La Liga. Not the knockout blow they were looking for but a good result nonetheless. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo keep up their ridiculous form.

  57. 2040: 
    FULL-TIME- Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid
  58. 2039: 
    CLOSE!

    Barcelona almost snatch a winner again. Pedro is sent clear by Andres Iniesta, he cuts inside on to his left foot and thrashes a low shot just past the far post.

  59. 2038: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Dale Pedersen on Twitter: "Those getting all high-and-mighty about theatrics in Spanish football are kidding themselves. It is just as bad in England."

    Mark Wightman on Twitter: "Iniesta is an absolute joy to watch! 3rd best player in the world!"

    Ian Marks on Twitter: "Sorry guys, Messi and Ronaldo won't be the best until either of them have won international honours. #Pele."

  60. 2036: 
    GOAL- Marseille 2-2 PSG - Andre-Pierre Gignac (32 mins)

    It's quite a game at the Velodrome. Marseille are not behind for long as their centre-forward Andre-Pierre Gignac gets his second.

  61. 2034: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Ludicrous football! Barca pop around some first-time passes on the edge of the area, it falls for defender Martin Montoya and he thumps a dipping strike against the crossbar. That was almost an outrageous winner.

  62. 2033: 

    Barcelona break clear at the Nou Camp, they are two on two momentarily but the final pass is poor and Lionel Messi is forced wide.

  63. 2033:  
    Gary Lineker, Match of the Day host

    "What an utter delight to watch two of the greatest players the game has ever seen in Messi and Ronaldo."

  64. 2032: 
    HALF-TIME- AC Milan 0-1 Internazionale
  65. 2030: 
    GOAL- Marseille 1-2 PSG - Zlatan Ibrahimovic (25 mins)

    This is what you pay the big bucks for. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has turned the game on its head with two stunning goals in as many minutes, thumping home from range.

  66. 2028: 
    GOAL- Marseille 1-1 PSG - Zlatan Ibrahimovic (23 mins)

    He only trades in great goals doesn't he? Zlatan Ibrahimovic adds another to his collection with a back-heeled volley from a corner. Marvellous.

  67. 2026: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- AC Milan

    What a goal this would have been! Milan midfielder Urby Emanuelson is penalised for running into Inter keeper Samir Handanovic as he punches it out, and Riccardo Montolivo thumps the volley back into the top corner from 30 yards.

  68. 2024: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Aaron Gonsalvez on Twitter: "If Ronaldo gets a hat-trick today, is that his third in three games? A hat-trick of hat-tricks!"

    Jamie Lloyd on Twitter: "Ronaldo and Messi should just play 1 vs 1, in their own league. They don't need anybody else."

    Roberto Giove on Twitter: "A right pair of show offs!"

  69. 2023: 
    GOAL- Marseille 1-0 PSG - Andre-Pierre Gignac (17 mins)

    Works every time that one! The home side take the lead through French international striker Andre-Pierre Gignac. Big test now for the big spenders.

  70. 2021: 
    Marseille v PSG

    Over in France, by the way, the third of our derbies is still goalless after 15 minutes.

  71. 2021: 

    Inter have been under the cosh but they break smartly and again Diego Milito should do better but he neither shoots or crosses from a dangerous position and AC Milan get it clear.

  72. 2019: 

    So that is 169 goals in his last 155 games for Barcelona now for Lionel Messi, while Cristiano Ronaldo has hit 160 in 155 for Madrid. Rewriting the rules.

  73. 2017: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Infostrada Sports tweets: "Lionel Messi scores his 150th goal for Barcelona in the Camp Nou."

    Former Real Madrid striker Michael Owen tweets: "It's scary. It's not like these boys get 10 chances and score one or two. They literally finish every chance that comes their way."

    Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague tweets: "For the second time today, shouts of 'Independence!'. Not since the 70s has the Camp Nou has been so politicised. These Catalans want to be heard."

  74. 2015: 

    Over in Milan, AC are still pushing hard for a leveller, with Stephan El Shaarawy testing Samir Handanovic from long range. Kevin-Prince Boateng then shoots wide from 10 yards after a sweeping move down the right. Inter still lead though.

  75. 2014: 

    But maybe Cristiano Ronaldo won't be able to get his third hat-trick of the week. He is struggling with a shoulder injury after landing awkwardly attempting an overhead kick a few minutes before he scored. He looks in pain.

  76. 2014: 

    Infostrada Sports tweets: "Barcelona have never lost at home when Messi scored. Real have never lost a La Liga game in which Ronaldo scored."

  77. 2012: 
    GOAL- Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid - Cristiano Ronaldo (66 mins)

    This is ridiculous now. Cristiano Ronaldo is played in on goal by Mesut Ozil and he just passes it into the corner. When I said they would both get hat-tricks I wasn't being entirely serious...

  78. 2011:  
    Gary Lineker, Match of the Day host

    "MESSIAH!"

  79. 2010: 

    What a goal that was. I'm not sure there's anything left for Lionel Messi to do in the game, except win the World Cup with Argentina. And join Northampton Town for a few seasons and get us up the leagues. The Nou Camp is rocking now.

  80. 2007: 
    GOAL- Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid - Lionel Messi (61 mins)

    But the free-kick is expensive enough for Real Madrid as Lionel Messi steps up to curl home a beauty from 25 yards. Over the wall and right in the top corner. Perfection.

  81. 2006: 

    Xabi Alonso brings his man down 30 yards from goal, Barcelona are given the free-kick but despite the howls and jeers from the crowd the referee decides not to show Alonso a second yellow card. Controversial.

  82. 2005: 

    Riccardo Montolivo looked a quailty player for Italy during the Euros, and he looks AC Milan's best hope at the minute.

    The midfielder picks out a cute pass into the area, it's just behind Bojan and Stephan El Shaarawy almost arrioves on it at the back post but can't connect.

  83. 2002: 

    Infostrada Sports tweets: "Lionel Messi now has scored 16 goals in all Clasicos. Only one player has scored more in the Clasico. Alfredo Di Stefano: 18."

  84. 2001: 

    AC Milan threaten for the first time, as midfielder Riccardo Montolivo cracks a 25-yarder just wide. Lovely strike.

  85. 2000: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Cristiano Ronaldo gets clear for the first time this half but is cynically kicked to the floor by Sergio Busquets from behind who is rightly booked. That was out of order that challenge. Ronaldo hits the free-kick into the wall and is targeted by a laser pen or two as well.

  86. 1959: 
    PENALTY APPEAL

    Barca want a spot-kick as Andres Iniesta tumbles under the challenge of Pepe but nothing is given. It's hard to see for sure whether there was any contact - and it was right on the line of the penalty area as well. The home crowd are making some noise now though.

  87. 1957: 

    There is one man who links El Clasico, Le Classique and la derby della Madonnina of course - Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    The enigmatic Swede starts for PSG at Marseille tonight - the game is just getting underway.

  88. 1956: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Maurice Hans on Twitter: "Pretty much most English centre backs could get into this Barca team..."

    John Cooke on Twitter: "Micah Richards or Kyle Walker would probably be able to start for real at right-back. Arbeloa isn't really very good."

    Capital R on Twitter: "Joe Hart is the only English player with the quality to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona. No one else comes close."

  89. 1955: 

    In Spain, Real Madrid have made the brighter start to the second period but neither keeper has been called into action yet. Just plenty of those moody, close-up camera angles that they like in La Liga.

  90. 1953: 

    AC Milan look all over the shop at the back and Inter should be 2-0 up, but Diego Milito gets no power at all behind his header from inside the six-yard box and Christian Abbiati makes the save.

  91. 1952: 

    Italy football reporter James Horncastle tweets: "Samuel has never lost a Milan derby in Serie A... 1-0."

  92. 1952: 
    KICK-OFF- Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid

    Back in play at the Nou Camp..

  93. 1950: 
    GOAL- AC Milan 0-1 Internazionale - Walter Samuel (4 mins)

    Inter strike early. Esteban Cambiasso swings over a deep free-kick from the left, Milan keeper Christian Abbiati goes walkabout in his area and veteran centre-half Walter Samuel stoops to thump a header into the roof of the net.

  94. 1949: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Chris Haddon on Twitter: "The theatrics you see in Spanish football are pathetic."

    Phil Sammon on Twitter: "The referee is getting in on the act now. I've never seen yellow cards branded with such finesse."

    Julie Uzun on Twitter: "Re 1926: English players in future El Clasicos? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!"

  95. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF- AC Milan v Internazionale (19:45 BST)

    It's all started in Milan, where Inter skipper Javier Zanetti is playing in his 45th derby. Remarkable.

  96. 1944: 

    That also means there are more journalists at the Nou Camp than Real Madrid fans - who have only got an allocation of 660.

  97. 1944: 

    There are certain games as a journalist when you know you are going to struggle to get a seat. FA Cup third round day or a play-off semi-final being top of my list.

    I once had to file a match report at Shrewsbury from the middle of the stands, trailing an extension cable 45 feet across the Salop support. Chaos.

    But not quite on the same level as El Clasico. Barcelona's press department have printed out 680 passes for tonight's game. That is madness.

  98. 1942: 

    Over at the San Siro, Milan fans have gone to town with the pre-match mural. Is that a red dragon in a Milan shirt? I think so.

    The pocket of Inter fans aren't to be outdone though, with some colourful co-ordination of their own.

  99. 1941: 

    Joe Hart is an interesting call. Would he have saved that Cristiano Ronaldo shot? If he was in the form he showed against Dortmund in midweek than I have no doubt.

  100. 1941: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Paul on text: "Re 1926. No we won't. Only English player good enough for Real or Barca now is Joe Hart."

    Arj, Manchester on text: "Ronaldo has nothing on Leon Knight. 'He's only five foot six but he can leap like a fish'.

  101. 1940:  
    Gary Lineker, Match of the Day host

    "I'm far too modest to say how many I scored in Clasicos. Oh, go on then: five."

  102. 1937: 
    HALF-TIME- Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid

    Half time at the Nou Camp. It's not been the best so far and the usual suspects are on the scoresheet.

  103. 1937: 

    Infostrada Sports tweets: "This is the third consecutive Clasico and the fifth in history Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have both scored at least once."

  104. 1935: 

    After a quiet few minutes, Barcelona almost force a way through courtesy of a magic pass from Sergio Busquets who finds Jordi Alba breaking down the left. He picks out Andres Iniesta, who is surrounded by defenders and the chance is gone.

  105. 1934: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Xabi Alonso is the latest to go into the book for a trip in the centre circle.

  106. 1933: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Matt Collingwood on Twitter: "Game on!"

    Paul Grimes on Twitter: "Messi! In the right place at the right time, as always!"

    Nick Jehan on Twitter: "How the hell did he get to that?! He appeared out of nowhere! A true magician."

  107. 1932: 
    AC Milan v Internazionale (19:45 BST)

    All eyes are on Inter's Antonio Cassano in this evening's Milan derby as he starts against the club he left in somewhat acrimonious circumstances in August.

    The striker handed in a transfer request in the summer, reportedly unhappy with the sales of star players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, and the manner of his departure means he could be in for a frosty reception from the home crowd. He partners Diego Milito in attack.

    Alexandre Pato, Sulley Muntari, Didac Vila, Djamel Mesbah and Rodney Strasser are all sidelined for AC Milan. Mattia De Sciglio, Phillipe Mexes and Stephan El Shaarawy come into the side, with the trio having not played in the Champions League win over Zenit in midweek.

  108. 1930: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Pedro is shown yellow for Barcelona after clattering Sergio Ramos with a high foot. Pepe, as is his want, decides to get involved with the referee and we have the first few signs that this match could boil over. Calm is restored for now though.

  109. 1930: 

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand tweets: "1-1 in the Messi v Ronaldo show!"

  110. 1927: 

    Back on the pitch, it's all gone a bit quiet since that Lionel Messi goal. Perhaps both sides settling for 1-1 at the break, which is about nine minutes away.

  111. 1926: 

    Lineker and Owen both netted in this fixture of course, as did Stevie McManaman. I wonder if we'll see any more English players turn out for either side soon?

  112. 1926:  
    Gary Lineker, Match of the Day host

    "Never let you down these two, do they? Messi equalises Ronaldo's goal. Must be a great feeling to score in one of these games."

  113. 1926: 

    Former Real Madrid striker Michael Owen tweets: "Best two players in the world on the scoresheet again. Their consistency is unbelievable. They hardly ever disappoint."

  114. 1923: 

    It's not often you have Barcelona on the rack at the Nou Camp, but Real Madrid had them wobbling for a few minutes there. Unfortunately they shut off and that man Lionel Messi was on hand to punish them.

  115. 1923: 
    LINE-UPS- AC Milan v Internazionale (19:45 BST)

    AC Milan: Abbiati; Bonera, Yepes, Mexes, De Sciglio; De Jong, Montolivo; Emanuelson, Boateng, El Shaarawy; Bojan

    Subs: Amelia, Gabriel, Robinho, Nocerino, Pazzini, Acerbi, Flamini, Zapata, Abate, Costant, Ambrosini, Antonini

    Inter: Handanovic; Ranocchia, Samuel, Juan Jesus; Zanetti, Gargano, Cambiasso, Nagatomo; Coutinho; Cassano, Milito

    Subs: Castellazzi, Belec, Silvestre, Palacio, Guarin, Mudingayi, Obi, Pereira, Duncan, Jonathan, Bianchetti, Livaja

  116. 1921: 
    GOAL- Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid - Lionel Messi (31 mins)

    Well this is just silly now. These two always score - and this is terrible defending from a deflected Pedro cross as Pepe gets under the ball and leaves Lionel Messi with a tap-in from four yards out.

  117. 1920: 

    Cristiano Ronaldo is now the first man ever to score in six straight Clasicos. He also has scored seven goals in the last week. I'd call it a purple patch but he's been in that form for years.

  118. 1920: 

    Former Real Madrid striker Michael Owen tweets: "El Clasico on. I fancy Madrid to get something tonight. What a game this is... as I said!"

  119. 1918: 

    Barcelona's shredded back line takes another blow as Dani Alves is forced off with an injury, so Martin Montoya is thrown on. Real looking very dangerous now.

  120. 1917: 

    That Karim Benzema shot was like Darren Anderton's in the Euro 96 semi-final. Falling backwards with the goal at his mercy. Should have buried it.

  121. 1916: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Should be 2-0 to Real! Maybe Barcelona not playing with any defenders isn't the greatest idea as they are carved open, Angel di Maria squares the ball for Karim Benzema who is off balance and hits his shot against the post.

  122. 1914: 
    GOAL- Barcelona 0-1 Real Madrid - Cristiano Ronaldo (23 mins)

    In the words of Leon Knight, this boy can really finish. Cristiano Ronaldo opens the scoring at the end of a superb passing move, Karim Benzema plays him in on the left of the area and Ronaldo thumps a shot past Victor Valdes at his near post. The keeper should have done better, and Barca trail.

  123. 1913: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Craig on 81111 on text: "Barca v Real Madrid. 90 minutes of masterclass football."

    Lee in Southampton on 81111 on text: "Tough contest to see who has the better bench at El Clasico. Villa, Sanchez v Higuain, Essien, Kaka, Modric. Could be the decisive factor late on in the game."

    Matt on 81111 on text: "So basically Barca are playing with 10 midfielders, with no proper defenders or strikers!"

  124. 1912: 

    Barca respond to spread the ball nicely from right to left, Pedro cuts in and the ball is worked across to Andres Iniesta but his shot is tame and over the top.

    Barcelona are yet to hit top gear.

  125. 1909: 
    CLOSE!

    This game needs a goal - and Real Madrid almost oblige.

    Guillem Balague talked about the lack of height in the Barcelona team and their defending is slack as Sergio Ramos towers over everyone to head Sami Khedira's corner just wide. Big chance.

  126. 1909:  
    Gary Lineker, Match of the Day host

    "There are few better games to play in than El Clasico! Just thought I'd mention that."

  127. 1905: 

    You can ususally rely on Pepe to ignite a Clasico, and here he is again. He takes a heavy touch at the back, is robbed by Cesc Fabregas who would be in on goal but he catches the defender.

    Pepe, however, wins no fans by falling to the floor and theatrically rolling around. It didn't hurt that much.

  128. 1904: 

    Oh dear. Karim Benzema has a shocker.

    Cristiano Ronaldo drifts over to the right wing, puts in a beautiful ball to the back post where Benzema is totally free. He scored a brilliant scissor kick at Ajax in midweek from a similar position, but this time he totally shanks his connection and the ball flies away off his ankle. Bad miss.

  129. 1903: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Oliver Render on Twitter: "90 minutes of footballing greatness."

    Mike Crew on Twitter: "Let them entertain us..."

    Abhinav Reddy on Twitter: "The last time Real Madrid won a Champions league match against Ajax, they were beaten 5-0 in the next match at Camp Nou. Repeat?"

  130. 1901: 

    More intricate stuff from the home side releases Cesc Fabregas into the penalty area, he tries to find Lionel Messi in the middle with a real eye-of-the-needle pass but Pepe is able to cut it out.

    I have to say, it's all a bit flat at the minute. We need a crunching tackle or two to get this one going.

  131. 1900: 

    Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague ‏tweets: "Only two Barcelona players over 1.80m. Set pieces could be key. But if you are bad defending them, as Cruyff used to say, don't make faults..."

  132. 1858: 

    Barcelona are effectively playing with just two at the back here - Adriano and Javier Mascherano.

    Full-backs Dani Alves and Jordi Alba are playing closer to the Madrid goal than their own.

  133. 1857: 

    Real haven't had any of the ball but they do have the first shot. A rare stray pass falls to Karim Benzema, and he plays the ball to Angel di Maria who hits a rising shot from 25 yards which flies well over the top.

  134. 1855: 

    Swansea winger Wayne Routledge tweets: "How good does the Camp Nou look?!"

  135. 1855: 

    Barca of course have a new manager in the dugout this season - with Tito Vilanova replacing Pep Guardiola.

    Taking over from a man who won 14 trophies in four years would be too daunting for many, but Vilanova appears to have eased in to place.

    Like Matthew Kelly replacing Bruce Forsyth as host of You Bet!, the winning formula has remained the same.

  136. 1853: 

    Of course, Real have to have the ball to trouble that backline, and they've not seen much of it in the early stages. Xavi almost breaks clear after a lovely flowing move, but Real get the ball clear.

  137. 1851: 

    Barcelona have a real makeshift defence tonight, with left-back Adriano filling in at centre-half. That could be where the game is won or lost.

  138. 1851: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Stephen Reeves on Twitter: "The Old Farm derby - Norwich v Ipswich."

    Michael Barraclough on Twitter: "Derby County have had the upper hand in El Cloughico recently, and long may it continue!"

    CalBlog on Twitter: "Let's not have an El Scrapico please?!"

  139. 1850: 
    KICK-OFF- Barcelona v Real Madrid (18:50 BST)

    Game on at the Nou Camp.

  140. 1849: 
    LINE-UPS- Barcelona v Real Madrid (18:50 BST)

    Barcelona: Valdes; Alves, Mascherano, Adriano, Alba; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Fabregas, Messi, Pedro.

    Subs: Pinto, Bartra, Montoya, Song, Roberto, Sanchez, Villa.

    Real Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Khedira, Alonso; Ronaldo, Ozil, Di Maria; Benzema.

    Subs: Adan, Albiol, Coentrao, Essien, Modric, Kaka, Higuain.

    Referee: Delgado Ferreiro

  141. 1848: 

    The teams are out on the pitch at the Nou Camp, which is decked out as a huge flag of Catalonia.

    The players were very friendly in the tunnel, which has not been the case in recent years. Expect that to disappear as soon as we kick-off...

  142. 1847: 

    And while we all salivate over Cristiano Ronaldo's goalscoring record for Real, it's worth noting that Messi has scored 167 goals in his last 154 official matches for Barcelona - since Ronaldo came to Spain.

    So if they both don't score at least three tonight, we can officially complain.

  143. 1846: 

    But Lionel Messi isn't too shabby either.

    The Barca number 10 has scored 15 goals in Clásicos, the most of anyone in a Barcelona shirt and equal with Real Madrid hero Rául.

    Only one player has scored more goals in the Clásico: Alfredo Di Stéfano - who hit 18 for Madrid.

  144. 1844: 
    GET INVOLVED

    John Train on Twitter: "The football world doesn't seem right when Kaka doesn't play important games. Nobody could touch him five years ago."

    Remember how good he was when Milan knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League? Balletic.

  145. 1841: 

    Even when flanked by megastars, the eyes of the world will be on Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo tonight. The two forwards are streets ahead as the best two players in the world - aren't they?

    Ronaldo has scored hat-tricks in his last two games and has scored 158 goals in 154 official matches for Real. We are talking telephone numbers.

    Ronaldo can also become the first player to score in six consecutive Clásicos. He currently shares the record of five with Ivan Zamorano.

  146. 1838: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Yaz on 81111 on text: "El Classicoast. Pompey versus Southampton. Nothing beats that."

  147. 1838: 

    Another good omen for Real came at the SeaLife Aquarium in Benalmadena, where an Otter called Maya pulled their crest out of a glass jar instead of Barca's.

    Forget Lawro, if it is predictions you want, head down to the aquarium.

  148. 1835: 

    I'm not sure if it's possible to win a league title before October half-term, but if Barcelona beat Real tonight then the men from Madrid will be looking at a huge 11-point deficit to claw back.

    Not impossible, but very tough.

    They did win 2-1 at the Nou Camp last season to all but secure the league title, and won the Supercopa at the start of this season.

  149. 1835: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jamie Atkins on Twitter: "How about the derby of the ETERNAL ENEMIES! Between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos! Sounds very dramatic!"

  150. 1831: 

    There are also big derby games in France and Portugal for us to keep half an eye on.

    Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille clash in Ligue 1, and while there may be the thick end of 500 miles between the two cities, this is a rivalry steeped in social and political divides. A proper north v south affair is 'Le Classique'.

    It didn't need any extra spice, but some has been served up with Marseille currently three points clear of PSG at the top of the league.

    In Portugal, it's Porto v Sporting Lisbon. Another tasty clash, and a win for Porto would see them go top ahead of Benfica.

  151. 1830: 

    The Derby della Madonnina for example, takes its name from the statue on Milan's cathedral. And the best we can manage is the M69? Come on now people...

  152. 1829: 

    Suspended Marseille midfielder Joey Barton on Twitter: "Cannot wait for Le Classico tonight. Devastated not to be playing. Looking forward to the noise and the war! Allez L'OM."

  153. 1826: 
    GET INVOLVED

    So it's officially Derby Day across the continent. What I want to know from you is, whose local derby has the best name? We all know about the M69 derby (Coventry v Leicester) and the er, A49 derby (Hereford v Shrewsbury) but there must some better, non-road related derby names out there? Let me know.

    You can text in on 81111 (UK Only) or tweet in using the hashtag #bbcfootball. Put your names on those texts though please.

  154. 1824: 
    Barcelona v Real Madrid (18:50 BST)

    Barcelona make two changes to the side that beat Benfica in the Champions League on Tuesday, with Adriano and Andres Iniesta coming into the side. Adriano looks set to partner Javier Mascherano in the centre of defence, with Gerard Pique and Carle Puyol missing out due to injury, while Iniesta starts his first match since 12 September after recovering from an abductor muscle injury.

    For Real Madrid, an impressive performance by Kaka in the 4-1 win over Ajax on Wednesday is not enough for the Brazilian to keep his place in the starting 11.

    He drops to the bench while Mesut Ozil starts as Jose Mourinho makes a total of five changes from the team that won in midweek.

  155. 1823: 

    Then it's the small affair of the Milan derby. Or to give it its proper title, the derby della Madonnina.

    Both AC Milan and Inter have not had the best of starts in Serie A - and both have had a bit of a facelift since last season, with a group of big names moving on. If you want to come up to speed with the goings on at both clubs, you could do a lot worse than have a read of this here feature from James Horncastle.

    It's Milan who are nominally at 'home' this evening, and they need the win more. Kick-off at San Siro is at 19:45.

  156. 1820: 

    The mysterious workings of the fixture computer may have left us with Southampton v Fulham to enjoy on the TV back in England, but across Europe somone has decided today is most definitely derby day.

    We start with perhaps the biggest of them all, 'El Clasico' as Barcelona look to move 11 points ahead of Real Madrid in La Liga.

    Barca have a 100% record in the league so far this season, and Jose Mourinho's men have it all to do. Kick-off at the Nou Camp is a Countryfile-clashing 18:50.

  157. 1815: 

    Lionel Messi. Cristiano Ronaldo. Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Xavi. Andres Iniesta. Kaka. Mesut Ozil. Robinho. Wesley Sneijder. Joao Moutinho. Cesc Fabregas. Joey Barton...

    No, it's not Roberto Mancini's Christmas shopping list, it's a small selection of the frankly ridiculous pool of talent who are about to do battle in a host of derbies across Europe. And Joey Barton.

    Yes, Marseille's Barton may well be suspended for 'Le Classique' but with some of the big boys on display, I don't think we'll struggle this evening. Everyone ready?

    It's time to get boisterous in Barcelona, manic in Milan, prickly in Porto and malevolent in Marseille.

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