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Summary

  1. Barcelona go four points clear at top
  2. Suarez controls long ball and slots home winner
  3. Messi 43 goals this season; Ronaldo 42
  4. Messi 21 El Clasico goals; Ronaldo 15

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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That's that then, not a classic El Clasico but a gripping one nevertheless. Thanks for your company as ever, and join us for the next live football which is internationals on Friday night.

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu: "The match was toe to toe. It's a big step, but the four-point league lead isn't decisive."

Gareth Bale to Manchester United? The longest-running transfer rumour I can recall. Where would he fit into that side though?

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Fissuh Kelelom: Bale to Man United and De Gea to Madrid. Would be good particularly for Bale.

Spanish La Liga

Four points ahead with 10 games to go - the La Liga race is by no means done and dusted but Barca are firmly in control.

Player reaction

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos: "We should have wrapped things up in the first half. It's just four points and we won't give up easily."

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Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Gareth Bale was a threat in the first half, he had one disallowed and went close from a corner but in the second half I can hardly remember him touching the ball. When you're the world's most expensive player you have to do more.

Is he going to be at the Bernabeu next season?

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Elliot, Wiltshire: The combination of Messi and Suarez was the difference tonight. Suarez now becoming pivotal to Barca's chance of La Liga title.

Richard, St Albans: I want Gareth Bale to do well. I really do. But honestly he is not helping himself one bit. He is basically ambling around the pitch. When Barca attacked he waddled half heartily back. When Real attacked he jogged slowly, well out of touch with Benzema and Ronaldo. He has to at least try harder or he stands no chance of winning the fans back over.

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Barcelona averaged their lowest possession this season in all competitions (52.36%). Not bad eh?

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Kritt Normsaskul: Deserved win for Barcelona - completely bossed the 2nd half and could have scored more

Slowbear: Top stuff from Barca - Real had the better of the chances but Suarez had the bite when it was needed!

Aashish: Real had the best of it 10 mins either side of half time but Barca could of racked up six in the end, worthy winners

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Spanish La Liga

32 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

31 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

That's the race to be top scorer in La Liga this season after tonight's game.

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

The Barca anthem rings out at the Nou Camp, Luis Suarez is the match-winner. The hosts weren't in the sort of form they managed against Manchester City in midweek but at times it was still brilliant.

Into the international break now.

FULL-TIME

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Barcelona celebrate
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There it is. Barcelona go four points clear at the top of La Liga!

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Last chance saloon. Last orders please gents...

Gary Lineker

Ex-Barcelona striker and MOTD presenter

Never mind Messi's goal scoring records. Never mind that Messi's the best dribbler ever. Messi's also the best passer the game's ever seen.

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Luis Suarez almost through, Cristiano Ronaldo almost through at the other end...

INJURY TIME

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Three minutes added on. Barca looking to kill the clock. Real desperate for a break of luck.

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Ronaldo
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Last two minutes of normal time. Real have a corner, cleared.

GREAT SAVE!

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Iker Casillas again! Saving low down from Lionel Messi. Barca have been hugely superior in the second half.

GREAT SAVE!

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Brilliant! Brilliant stuff from Jordi Alba to play a one-two with Lionel Messi and streak into the box. Messi's return pass is perfect but Iker Casillas spreads himself well to turn it away. That really would have killed it.

SUBSTITUTION

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Neymar
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Another change for Barca sees Neymar replaced by Rafinha.

CLOSE!

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Good feet from Luis Suarez as he steps past two men on the left of the area and drills it across goal - it's a few feet wide and also just in front of the men in the middle.

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Spanish football writer Andy West at the Nou Camp

"Barca will kick themselves if they don't win this considering the chances they had at 2-1, but they're in for a nervy final 10 now in what could be Xavi's last Clasico."

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Gareth Bale has been very very quiet in the second half. He may be on the end of some more hostile press tomorrow.

SUBSTITUTION

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Legend for legend as Xavi replaces Andres Iniesta. This is likely to be Xavi's final El Clasico. What a player. What an ovation. He takes the armband too.

Real also make a sub as Jese comes on in place of Isco.

GREAT SAVE!

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Bravo
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Great save! Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo away to his left with one hand to turn away Karim Benzema's doubly-deflected strike which was creeping in. Top stuff.

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Lionel MEssi
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Lionel Messi into the area, turns his man and shoots but it's blocked away - Barca are pretty dominant now and a third goal would surely sew this one up.

SUBSTITUTION

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Barca may try and hold what they've got. Sergio Busquets is on for Ivan Rakitic. Huge roar for Busquets, who will certainly get booked in the last 15...

CLOSE!

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

So close! Lionel Messi backs the Real defence up and curls one from 20 yards, it looks in all the way but shades the post! Wonderful effort. Moments later Luis Suarez lays it to Messi, he feeds Neymar who again should score but slices wide.

Everyone who was telling me they'd have Eden Hazard over Neymar before kick-off - you're right...

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez
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SUBSTITUTION

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Real make the first change and it's a fairly unusual one, Raphael Varane replaces Pepe.

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Spanish football writer Andy West at the Nou Camp

"Space is really opening up on the break now for Barca, and with their front three that is very dangerous - as Neymar showed with his brilliant run. More goals in this for sure."

YELLOW CARD

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Dani Alves
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Dani Alves into the book for tripping Isco. Moments earlier Neymar had once again beat two men with a mazy run. He can really move. This second half has been poor though.

YELLOW CARD

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Bookings
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Into the last 20 minutes. Losing track of who's been booked? Me too.

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

The good and the bad of Neymar! A wonderful run from halfway, he beats two men for pace and trickery but blazes over the top when he had Luis Suarez on the outside. You've got to pass!

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Not much football being played now. It's very stop-start with a foul every few seconds.

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

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YELLOW CARD

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

Make that 10 bookings. Andres Iniesta in the book.

YELLOW CARD

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

This is degenerating into an ugly game now as Isco is now booked. That's nine bookings. Sort it out lads, come on.