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Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Your Running Commentary

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For the third time in 12 days, rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona take to the pitch to add to their storied history. Only this time it's under the biggest set of circumstances yet.

The Spanish powers meet at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal tie (2:45, FX/FoxSoccer.tv/Fox Deportes) with the stakes rising high after their tense bout in the Copa del Rey final last week.

Both coaches are getting caught up in the heat of the moment as well, as Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho exchanged jabs at their pre-match press conferences during the week. Both will have to overcome some personnel losses, as Barcelona will be without Andres Iniesta and Maxwell, and Madrid will not have Ricardo Carvalho or Sami Khedira available.

If you will be watching the Champions League Clasico, please feel free to share any thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below. Enjoy the action.

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  1. Man, i was hyped to watch this match… turned out so so ugly…oh well, sometimes that’s the way it goes with rivals I suppose. I don’t root for either team; but one has to recognize the brilliance of Messi (even if RM was a man down). The final should be an outstanding one though if it is indeed; Barca v. Man U.

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  2. ABSOLUTELY!!! Barca’s possession % was not positive whatsoever. In fact, as far as the 1st 60 minutes (prior to the Red), RM actually was more dangerous with their chances.

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  3. Notre Dame has been doing the exact same thing against superior college football opponents for years! Maybe they should be forced to forfeit, too, but they usually still lose.

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  4. Hey Pep lover, they fouled them they didnt sucker punch them. Stop crying like 90% of Barcelona fans and players.

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  5. great goals messi, that second goal was amazing with a run past four or five defenders and dinking it past the keeper. Great work I was impressed as usual.

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  6. I said less, not all. And there is a big difference between going down with some slight contact and acting as if you got punched in the face when someone has only clipped your heel.

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  7. Lets blame the team trying to play instead of the one playing 10 men behind. The truth is most if not all teams, are scared of that boring style of football( as some call it) so they decide to just stay back and pray. Maybe if they tried to pressure more it would be more exciting, but no they wont because that would be suicide.

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  8. Right.. hoofing long balls over the top is much more fun! Right?

    It was an ugly game but calling out Barcelona when Real Madrid tactics were ridiculous? Please.

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  9. Barcelona disgraced soccer?

    Not Madrid with the 30 cynical fouls? The cheap shots? The bunker ball? The rash tackles? The bull in a china shop mentality?

    I think your priorities are wrong.

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  10. how about taking the ball more up the front and stop keeping it in the middle and waiting for messi and villa to be ready.

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  11. today’s display sucked, period. both teams deserve to be trashed, a bunch of pompous, spoiled cry babies.

    yuck. I expect more from my sports stars and superstars…and am often left disappointed of course 🙂

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  12. The world likes that style. It’s how the game should be played.

    It’s the reason Barcelona is the epitome of the beautiful game.

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  13. Playing the right way also used to be the central part of Brazilian football culture during the golden era of Brazilian football.

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  14. Completely Agree! If I was a ref I would warn them all once about it and then start with the yellows. Something needs to be done about it. I’ve never seen grown men whine so much. It really takes away from the game. Plus, I thought that was what the Captian is for, discussing calls with the ref. Refs should only talk to captains and after one warning start carding all others!

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  15. my eyes bleed when i watch barcelona play. there football style is boring. it is just touch touch and wait until messi or villa are ready.

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  16. yeah, it’s at Wembley. the ‘thou shall not touch the mighty Barca” rule will not be as effective.

    frankly, there’s no point in even playing the second match of this tie, Real’s missing two starters, on the road (where Barca will really get all the calls) save everyone’s energy.

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  17. and yet, three minutes before, Messi went elbow up into the back of a player in the air, followed a minute later by a deliberate handball in the offensive box, and doesn’t get a caution.

    Barca plays like entitled, spoiled brats. when they are on, it is a thing of beauty, but anyone who dares to not just lie down they complain non stop. it’s really not attractive.

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  18. That might seal Mourinho losing his job. You don’t disrespect Spanish football culture like that, AND lose, and keep your job at Madrid. It just doesn’t happen.

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  19. this game is a freakin’ farce. what a waste!!!

    And the fans paid for this BS??? as fans, putting up with so much bullsh!t, and revering sneaky tactics, has a price…see this game. that is has degenerated to this stupid spectacle, I blame the fans for revering fraudulent displays of ‘sportsmanship’ as clever

    disgraceful semi-final.

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  20. Messi is just amazing. There is no other way to say it. The pace at which he moves while keeping the ball glued to his feet is incredible. WHAT A GOAL!!

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  21. Earlier the announcer called his first goal amazing finishing which meant he put his foot on the ball and it went in.
    That was amazing finishing ability

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