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Summary

  1. Ronaldo fires home late winner for Real
  2. Ramos sent off for two bookings
  3. Benzema equalises after Pique heads opener
  4. Real cut gap to leaders Barca to seven points
  5. Defeat ends Barca's 39-game unbeaten run

Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Near misses, a disallowed goal, a red card, a dramatic winner and the end of a long unbeaten run. El Clasico lived up to its billing as the world's greatest club game after a quiet first half.

Real take the honours against the odds but will Barcelona go on and wrap up the La Liga title? 

Many thanks for your company. Until next time...

Next up?

Both Barcelona and Real Madrid turn their attention to the Champions League quarter-finals next week.

While Barca entertain Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, Real are away in Germany against Wolfsburg on Wednesday.

Player reaction

Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique: "We didn't know how to play a man up and it was difficult to control the game. We have to keep going. You can't always win and we are in a good position in all three competitions."

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Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

Some more of your dream forward lines.

RedIsaac: Dream forward line: Cruyff, Maradona, Pele. They would probably want a ball each though.

Atum Management: Henry - Brazilian Ronaldo - Pele - Hitting you from every angle.

Diego Maradona
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Barca still favourites

Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

Barca are still firm favourites to secure the title despite this result.

Their last seven games are: Real Sociedad (away), Valencia (home), Deportivo La Coruna (away), Sporting Gijon (home), Real Betis (away), Espanyol (home), Granada (away).

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Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane
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Mike Crew: Well that was an unexpected turnaround. Second half much better.

Michael Smith: Let them have that one, they're not going to win any silverware this season!

Rizpey: What a result by Real Madrid. It is down to Zidane and the fact that the Real Madrid's players wanted it more.

Six month unbeaten run ends

Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

Barcelona's previous defeat was on 3 October. That's six months ago. Even more of an achievement by Real considering they were down to 10 men when they scored the winner.

Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

What does this result do for the La Liga table?

There will be celebrations all over Madrid, with Atletico now just six points behind the leaders with seven games remaining.

Real are a further point behind with seven games to go.

Time for a late twist?

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Gareth Bale
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Thor Jensen: What a terrible call! Bale did nothing wrong! Scandal!

Mike Crew: Why on earth was that disallowed?

Wale ibraheem: Look like there is a different set of rules for Spanish league. Absolutely nothing wrong with that goal. Harsh!

'Renewed confidence for Real'

Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

Andy West

Spanish football writer at the Nou Camp

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates
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"Well that sets up the rest of the season nicely. La Liga should still be Barca's, but Real will have renewed confidence in their ability to land the Champions League. And if Barca's confidence is rattled, they don't have long to restore it: Atletico Madrid visit in the Champions League on Tuesday."

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Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

Yanis Gbl: Tactics have been spot on from Zidane, he stuck to the plan throughout the game and he got his reward.

FULL-TIME Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates
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El Clasico never fails to deliver. And this is right up there with the best of them in terms of drama.

Real Madrid snatch victory after being reduced to 10 men to end Barcelona's 39-match unbeaten run.

Who would have thought?

CLOSE!

Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

Neymar with a goal bound shot. It's blocked.

SUBSTITUTION

Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

Real Madrid are moments away from a famous - and unlikely - win. They're playing down the clock and Gareth Bale performs the slowest walk to the touchline on record as he is replaced by Lucas Vazquez.

Two minutes of additional time.

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Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

Andrew Priestley: Stunningly clinical finish from Cristiano Ronaldo after the utter stupidity from Sergio Ramos.

Seth Gogo Egoeh: That's my boy! CR7 has just silenced the critics. Where are those who said he struggles to score in away games?

GOAL - Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo scores
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He's done nothing for the previous 85 minutes but has Cristiano Ronaldo just won El Clasico for 10-man Real Madrid?

Gareth Bale chips to the far post from the right hand side and it is missed by Dani Alves leaving Ronaldo to chest down and fire home.

This is pure theatre.

'Barca get out of jail'

Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid

Andy West

Spanish football writer at the Nou Camp

"Well, Barca got out of jail there. Very, very harsh decision on Bale. The first idea any of us had that it was disallowed was when ewe saw the yellow card coming out for dissent."

RED CARD - Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

Sergio Ramos
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Sergio Ramos been living on borrowed time and the referee's patience finally snaps as the Real defender lunges at Luis Suarez. He's fortunate to have lasted this long.

Disallowed goal

Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid

Gareth Bale
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Huge drama. Gareth Bale has the ball in the back of the net and wheels away in celebration after meeting Cristiano Ronaldo's cross.

But Real's celebrations are ended after the referee consults his assistant for a push on Alba.

Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid

Luis Suarez
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Luis Suarez drills just wide from a tight angle. That was close.  

SUBSTITUTION

Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid

Karim Benzema
Reuters

Goalscorer Karim Benzema departs to a chorus of jeers. A job well done by the French striker. On comes Jese to link up with Cristiano Ronaldo who has been unusually quiet. There's still time...

'Turan capable of magic'

Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid

Andy West

Spanish football writer at the Nou Camp

"First roll of the substitution dice from Luis Enrique. Arda Turan has been solid but not spectacular since signing from Atletico Madrid, but he's certainly capable of producing magic. Now would be a good time."

SUBSTITUTION

Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid

Ivan Rakitic
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We've reached substitution time. Both teams are preparing changes for the final 15 minutes.

Barca's first change of the evening sees the booked Rakitic replaced by Arda Turan.

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As well as your thoughts on tonight's El Clasico, we are also asking for your dream forward lines. Here are some more of your suggestions.

Peter Butcher: Hirst up front with Bergkamp just behind, Ronaldo out left to make room for Waddle on the right.

Alistair Griffiths: David Villa and Alessandro del Piero either side of Stevie Bull.

Leon Depreli: Brazilian Ronaldo up top with Cruyff just behind and Messi and Cristiano on the wings.

Johan Cruyff
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From Norhwich to El Clasico

Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid

Gerard Pique
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I once saw Gerard Pique score for Manchester United's reserves at...Northwich Victoria. Now he's scored in El Clasico.

I love this game.

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Dave Wood: The most un-Barcelona like goal you'll ever see.

Shohidur Rahman: If you concede from a set piece against Barca you should be ashamed of yourself.

Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid

Around 20 minutes remaining. This could go either way. Gareth Bale tests Claudio Bravo with a fierce effort but its right down the keeper's throat.

'Marcelo key to equaliser'

Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid

Andy West

Spanish football writer at the Nou Camp

"Crazy that a left-back can be a team's attacking catalyst, but Marcelo does it so often for his team - his run was the key for that goal."

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Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid

Karim Benzema celebrates
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Belete Eshetea: What a goal by Benzema. Take a bow, son. Lionel Messi would be proud of you.

Max Baggins-Craig: BOOOOOOMMM! That is how you get your travelling fans behind you as you try fight back. Great from Real.

Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane
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Who is going to win this?

Brilliant tactics by Zinedine Zidane in his first El Clasico as manager.

This has been a poor domestic season by Real's standards but the visitors have done a fine job in the Nou Camp so far.

GOAL - Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid

Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema scores
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Brilliant response by Real.

A stunning acrobatic effort by Karim Benzema from close range silences the crowd.

Marcelo to Kroos whose hits Alba's heel with a cross and it flicks up for Benzema to find the net with a quality overhead kick.

Barcelona 1-0 Real Madrid

Hands up who tipped a defender to get the first goal in a game full of brilliant strikers?

Moments before Pique's goal Barca went close as Lionel Messi produced a moment of sublime skill chipping from the edge of the area and forcing Keylor Navas into a wonderful save that produced the corner for the goal.

'Number one enemy'

Barcelona 1-0 Real Madrid

Andy West

Spanish football writer at the Nou Camp

Gerard Pique
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"Pique will love that goal, absolutely love it. He's an expert at winding up Real Madrid fans on social media and is therefore their number one enemy, even booing him when he plays for Spain."

GOAL - Barcelona 1-0 Real Madrid

Gerard Pique

Gerard Pique celebrates
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Corner to Barca. Pepe is marking Gerard Pique but the big Barca defender manages to lose him and nod home from close range. Bang! Barca are ahead and the Nou Camp erupts.

'Barca look distracted'

Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid

Andy West

Spanish football writer at the Nou Camp

Barcelona players surround referee
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"Barca need to remember to play the game, not the referee. Quite a few whines and moans in the early stages of the second half, they look distracted. Keep focus on what matters."

Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid

Is Sergio Ramos pressing the self destruct button?

The Real defender, who can count himself fortunate to still be on the pitch, sends an elbow into Dani Alves while defending a Barca corner. 

Jeers all around the Nou Camp but the referee again waves play on. 

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Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid

Some more of your dream forward lines.

JB: Baggio, Batistuta and Romario...Baggio hugely underrated, Batistuta had it all..power/precision Romario speaks for himself.

Andrew Bell: David Hirst on his own, Dennis Bergkamp pulling the strings with Brian Laudrup on the left and Messi on the right.

Romario
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'Suarez knew what he was doing'

Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid

Andy West

Spanish football writer at the Nou Camp

Sergio Ramos
EPA

"Barca are all over the ref asking for Ramos to be sent off for the foul on Suarez. To be fair, though, it looked like Suarez knew exactly what he was doing and really forced Ramos to foul him."

Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid

Sergio Ramos is the luckiest man inside the Nou Camp.

He's already been booked when he brings down Luis Suarez just outside the Real area. It's blatant. It's illegal. The referee waves play on.

'Bale looking dangerous'

Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid

Andy West

Spanish football writer at the Nou Camp

"The first was a half of two halves: Barca totally dominant initially, but Real well back into it later on. Gareth Bale looks particularly dangerous - his powerful running has been unsettling the home defence."