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Summary

  1. Real close gap at top to one point
  2. First three league goals Barca have conceded
  3. Ronaldo has scored in 11 games in a row
  4. Suarez assisted Neymar opener

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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona

Next up for Real Madrid are third-tier Cornella in the Copa del Rey, before Granada away in La Liga and Liverpool at home in the Champions League on 4 November.

Next for Barcelona is Celta Vigo at home on 1 November before they face Ajax away four days later.

Next for me is plateful of canteen chilli, followed by a cracking afternoon of Sunday football. See you there.

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Luis Suarez has been doing a lot of talking recently.

Extracts from his new book appeared in

the Guardian this morning and there are some pearls in there.

"When I was a kid, I got sent off for headbutting a referee: I ran 50m to argue a decision, I was shown a red card and I headbutted him. I'm really not proud of that" is my favourite.

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Times journalist Tony Barrett: Luis Suarez talking to the Spanish media

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There blows the vote klaxon.

Our readers' vote is now shut and Cristiano Ronaldo takes home the man-of-the-match spoils with a very healthy 32.3% of the vote.

Isco (20%) and Dani Carvajal (12.7%) were closest to the nicking the award.

Neymar, the only Barcelona player on the list, attracted only 4.2% of your clicks.

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After that win might Gareth Bale, who missed today through a thigh injury, find himself riding the pine on the Real Madrid bench?

Manager Carlo Ancelotti says not: "Bale is a fundamental player for this team. He will play whenever he is fit.

"Isco was amazing but in order to beat Barcelona every one had to play as well as they did.

"I'm satisfied with our work. I'm proud of everyone."

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It was a classic six-pointer tonight. A Barcelona win and Luis Enrique's side would have been seven points clear of Real Madrid and possibly over the horizon.

As it is, their lead is down to one point. The return at the Nou Camp in on 22 March. Mark the diary.

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Luis Suarez did not have a single shot in his 69 minutes on the pitch. But don't take that stat too seriously.

He was straight up to speed, linking well with Neymar and Lionel Messi, getting an assist for Barcelona's goal and setting up another couple of chances.

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Perhaps Luka Modric might get your vote as man of the match. The Croatia midfielder kept Real's Rolls Royce of a team purring and put himself about in defence as well.

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Who was the brightest star in Real Madrid galaxy?

You can vote for your man of the match on the right hand side of this very page. The poll closes at 19:30 BST and you can get

across the small print over here.

European football writer Andy West will be dishing out some player ratings on this site shortly as well.

There will be no bottle of bubbly for the player who comes top of either, but the pride they will take in it?

Off the scale.

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Piers Morgan tweets: I think this settles the Ronaldo v Messi 'Big Dog' debate. Rottweiler v Chihuahua tonight.

Yep, that is definitely conclusive. That one match after hundreds of goals scored between them and with plenty more meetings to come. Debate over. Finito.

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"I love that Ronaldo is so desperate to receive every ball, to score every goal, to never be satisfied."

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Matt Congreve: Real Madrid always turn up for the big games, a great team who are great to watch.

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They are the sleekest, most efficient victory-collecting machine around just now.

Real Madrid had less of the ball, were pretty much matches in terms of efforts on goal, but found a pretty stylish way to a comfortable win.

FULL-TIME

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Done and dusted and the home celebrations are pretty low-key with the destination of the three points clear from a good quarter of an hour from time.

YELLOW CARD

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A bit of handbags between Cristiano Ronaldo and Dani Alves sees the Real Madrid man booked. Fair enough, his naughty little backheel kick at Alves kicked it all off.

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Neymar wins a cheap free-kick giving Lionel Messi a free-kick to look at central and 35 yards out.

The Argentine cuffs his effort well over the wall and into a stand of jeering Madridistas.

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Daniel Hudson: Real Madrid got an absolute bargain with Toni Kroos for £20 million. Worth twice that surely, great player.

INJURY TIME

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It could be more comfortable for Real Madrid. Another counter attack almost unlocks the tiring Barcelona defence as we tick into three minutes of injury time.

SUBSTITUTION

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A couple of time-munching late substitutions from Real Madrid as Karim Benzema and Luka Modric make way for Sami Khedira and Alvaro Arbeloa.

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Jamie Smith: Real have to be considered the best team in the world at the moment, they've amassed an amazing team! Wow!

Five to go

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Barcelona are keeping the ball, but Real Madrid are keeping concentration.

The visitors are popping the ball around on the fringes of the penalty box, but the white wall shifts seamlessly to block up any avenue they choose to try.

SUBSTITUTION

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That is the sound of the shutters slamming down.

Isco off and Asier Illarramendi on to shore up the Real Madrid midfield.

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Real Madrid stream forward, leaving vapour trails across the Bernabeu turf.

Barcelona are stretched all out of shape by the pace of the counter-attack, but Cristiano Ronaldo's final pass to James Rodriguez is just off target.

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Ten minutes to go

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Barcelona need something from somewhere very soon. Real Madrid are holding their opponents at bay with some ease and looking dangerous on the break themselves.

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Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona

Lionel Messi turns left and right, eventually shaking off the attentions of Marcelo by the byeline. His chipped cross is right down Real keeper Iker Casillas's throat though.

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The Oles have started, coinciding with each successful Real Madrid pass. You can see where the Bernabeu is coming from. Barcelona look out of puff and short of possession.

Fifteen minutes to go.

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Shohidur Rahman: Isco was man of the match for me against Liverpool and he's been sensational again today.

YELLOW CARD

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Dani Carvajal chops down Jeremy Mathieu and becomes the first Real Madrid man to have his name taken.

SUBSTITUTION

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More problems for Barcelona. Andres Iniesta pulls up in midfield with a pulled calf and cannot continue.

Sergi Roberto is on in his place. Munir El Haddadi would have been a more adventurous choice and that is all three subs used for the visitors.

SUBSTITUTION

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Luis Suarez is not going to be left to chase the game. His race is run with a little under 70 minutes on the clock.

He scored on debut for Gronigen, Ajax and Liverpool, but not today.

Pedro replaces the Uruguayan.

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What have Barcelona got in response then? Ivan Rakitic tries his luck from 20 yards and a tight angle, but his effort is a weak trundler.

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Jono: It's all sideways then run at defender, stand off him, tackle, then pass sideways again. What's wrong with big tackles these days?

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Is Ron 'Chopper' Harris what El Clasico misses Jono? Here is a picture of a whack just for you. And I'll ignore the cheap double entendre.

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Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish: If James Rodriguez comes out of this team for Bale then I actually think it's up there with one of the best teams of all time!

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Joey Barton tweets: Can the Neymar fan club remind me if he is still playing. #ridculouslyoverrated

SUBSTITUTION

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Just before that goal, Xavi came off for Ivan Rakitic for Barcelona. Rakitic's first touch was a duffed corner that left Barcelona exposed in defence in the run-up to the third.

GOAL

Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona - Karim Benzema (61 mins)

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Barcelona's desire to play from everywhere catches up with them.

Andres Iniesta attempts to flick a pass inside to a team-mate when he could let it roll out for a throw, but he has got his wires crossed and only finds Isco.

Real Madrid ruthlessly exploit the open space. Isco finds Ronaldo, who finds James Rodriguez who finds Karim Benzema who finds the net. It was like a child's dot-to-dot for them.

Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona

Pedro is warming up on the sideline and Luis Suarez is burning through the last gas in his tanks.

The former Liverpool striker turns Sergio Ramos, but spotting that a covering defender is gong to get to the ball first , flops to the turf from the slightest touch.

Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona

Neymar gets in down the left-hand channel, spinning the Real defence, who only just recover in time to prevent his delicately weighted pull-back running into Lionel Messi's path.

Jeremy Mathieu rattles is a decent rising effort that demands an equally good save from Iker Casillas as Barca press for a leveller.

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Luis Suarez is crawling all over the back of Sergio Ramos, looking for a way round the Real Madrid defender, but Ramos stands strong.

Typically busy, determined, streetwise hustling from Suarez though on his debut.

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