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Barcelona vs Real Madrid result, highlights and analysis as Xavi opens up 12-point La Liga title lead

Barcelona have tightened their grip on the La Liga title thanks to an incredible 2-1 El Clasico win over Real Madrid at the Camp Nou.

Xavi’s side now move 12 points clear at the top of the table, as Carlo Ancelotti’s defending champions failed to hang on in the closing stages in Catalonia, with a first title since 2019 on the horizon for La Blaugrana.

Ronald Araujo’s bizarre early own goal gifted Real Madrid an advantage, but the hosts rallied before the break, as veteran midfielder Sergi Roberto fired home an equaliser.

Both teams pushed hard for a winner after the restart, with Los Blancos fighting to keep their title hopes alive, before substitute Franck Kessie popped up to win it in added time with his first ever Barcelona goal.

MORE: La Liga table 2022/23: Updated standings for title race, top 4, and relegation survival

Real Madrid’s experienced names fail title test

Ancelotti opted to stick by his veteran stars in their must-win El Clasico trip to Barcelona, with Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema all retained from the Champions League victory over Liverpool.

However, despite the enduring ability of the trio to produce on the biggest stage — particularly in Europe — they struggled to make an impact in Catalonia.

Modric and Kroos were outran in the engine room, by the resilient Roberto and Dutch star Frenkie de Jong, with Ancelotti replacing them both late on.

The pair face a key decision over their future this summer — with Benzema tipped to extend his own contract — and their ability to produce world-class performances in back-to-back games will be questioned.

Both players could have a key role to play in Real Madrid’s Champions League campaign, and Ancelotti is likely to reduce their La Liga role to keep them fresh.

Barca’s ‘forgotten men’ grab El Clasico limelight

Barcelona’s incredible form in 2022/23 has included standout performances across the pitch with Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Araujo, Pedri and Robert Lewandowski all receiving plaudits.

However, against their oldest enemy, it was two players on the squad’s periphery that ensured another narrow victory, in front of delirious home crowd.

Despite signing a contract extension last month, Roberto is a rotating squad option for Xavi, with Kessie linked to an early exit from the Spanish giants.

That could not have been further from the truth on the night, as Roberto rolled back the years in midfield, to hassle Real Madrid’s all star cast and provide a crucial equaliser before the break.

Kessie has endured a difficult time since his summer arrival from AC Milan — as his lack of goals and game time indicates – but his hunger to pounce, and score a potentially title winning goal, will not go unnoticed by Xavi.

The new generation are the future of Barcelona, but in a similar vein to Real Madrid, there is always room for experience on big nights.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid final score

  1H 2H Score
Barcelona 1 2 2
Real Madrid 1 1 1


Araujo (O.G.) — 8th Min — RMA

Roberto — 44th Min — BAR

Kessie — 90+2 Min — BAR

Confirmed lineups:

Barcelona (4-4-2, right to left): 1. ter Stegen (GK) — 23. Kounde, 4. Araujo, 15. Christensen, 28. Balde — 21. de Jong, 5. Busquets, 19. Kessie, 6. Gavi — 22. Raphinha, 9. Lewandowski.

Real Madrid (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Courtois (GK) — 2. Carvajal, 3. Militao, 22. Rudiger, 6. Nacho — 10. Modric, 12. Camavinga, 8. Kroos — 15. Valverde, 9. Benzema, 20. Vinicius.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid as it happened in El Clasico title showdown


INCREDIBLE stuff from Barcelona to snatch a likely title-sealing victory at home to their greatest rivals in wild style at the Camp Nou!!

Just as the game looked set to drift off to a 1-1 draw, substitute Kessie was the hero to move Xavi’s hosts 12 points clear of Los Blancos!!


Lewandowski’s backheel freed Balde to race past his marker, and the young defender steadied himself, to pick out Kessie, to prod home his first Barcelona goal!!!

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90 mins: A booking for Alejandro Balde as he trips Asensio……a few more seconds wasted.

87 mins: Real Madrid are throwing everything at Barca now, as Vini Jr and Benzema are denied by some solid blocks, and the hosts clear.

85 mins: GOALLLLLLLLLL………..NO!!!

The substitutes burst into life, as Rodrygo feeds in Carvajal, and his cross is buried by Asensio!

However, the Camp Nou ERUPTS… VAR rules for a slight offside against the Spaniard…..WOW!

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80 mins: Barcelona lose possession and Benzema goes for glory…..but Ter Stegen is on hand to make the save!

75 mins: Another stoppage as both sides go for late changes. Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Aurelien Tchouemani are ON for Real Madrid.

Franck Kessie replace scorer Roberto for Barca.

73 mins: Barcelona are pushing for a winner, as Raphinha forces Courtois into another stop, but Real Madrid are the KINGS of late comebacks and Ancelotti’s side only need one chance!!

68 mins: Cynical stuff from Roberto to bring down Modric and earn a caution. Sergio Busquets clips in a loose ball and Lewandowski goes for the spectacular……….over the bar!

65 mins: First changes of the night, as Carlo Ancelotti rolls the dice on Rodrygo Goes and Ferland Mendy, in place of Kroos and Nacho.

Rodrygo is straight into the action with an ambitious effort over the bar!!

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62 mins: The visitors then burst into life, as Luka Modric slides in Vini Jr, but Barcelona recover in numbers to frustrate the Brazilian.

60 mins: Barcelona are looking to move through the gears, as Nacho blocks off Lewandowski….. but the clock is ticking on Real Madrid’s title defence.

55 mins: Roberto leads the Barcelona charge again after the restart, as his cross is headed away by Dani Carvajal, and the visitors clear the resulting corner.

50 mins: Vini Jr’s looks to find Fede Valverde in the box, but the Uruguayan gets his angles all wrong, and the chance is wasted.

46 mins: WE ARE BACK!!!!

Can Real Madrid revive their Lia Liga title defence in Catalonia?


Barcelona have hauled themselves level right on the stroke of half time and Roberto’s close range finish is just reward for a superb response after falling behind early on.

A draw would maintain Barcelona’s nine point title lead – a decisive 45 minutes in the La Liga title race coming up!!


No more than Barca deserve as the unlikely figure of Roberto slots home an equaliser just before the break!!!!

Araujo does superbly to cut back from the byline, and as Raphinha’s shot is blocked, Roberto stays alive to fire home the leveller…..a MASSSIVE goal for Barcelona!!!

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40 mins: Tackles ALL OVER THE PLACE…. Nacho brings down Raphinha and Gavi clips Eduardo Camavinga…TASTY!!!

35 mins: Barcelona are starting to get frustrated here, as Raphinha goes into the referee’s notebook for a swipe at Toni Kroos.

However, the Brazilian then turns it on in attack, as his dipping effort is tipped away by the flying Courtois!!

30 mins: Christensen vs Courtois Part II…. as the Dane flicks on a corner, but Courtois is on form tonight, and gets down to gather.

25 mins: Barcelona are working overtime to get back into this game as Raphinha’s whipped cross is head just wide by Andreas Christensen.

22 mins: Gavi tries to slip Raphinha in, but the Brazilian is just offside.

20 mins: The frantic pace shows NO signs of reducing as Nacho picks up the first yellow card of the night, for a lunge at Araujo, the visitors are NOT happy about that one!

15 mins: A rare break from the action as Jules Kounde needs treatment and Sergi Roberto thunders into a challenge on Nacho.

12 mins: Barcelona almost hit back instantly, as Dani Carvajal does well to get back into position and block Lewandowski, and Courtois has to dash of his line to deny Raphinha…..ACTION at both ends!!!


Ronald Araujo’s return was the BIG news for Barcelona ahead of kickoff but the Uruguayan hits the headlines for the wrong reason on his comeback!!!

A teasing ball into the box from Vinicius Junior tempts him into an intervention, but he can only divert the ball past Ter Stegen, for an own goal!!

Disaster for Barca!

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The tie swings rapidly to the other end, as Robert Lewandowski tests Thibaut Courtois’ reflexes…..Barcelona recycle possession back into the box and the big Belgian springs into life to claw away Raphinha’s header.

Superb stuff from Courtois!!!

1 min: Almost a chance inside the first 60 seconds, as Karim Benzema sends a zipping effort on target for Real Madrid, but Marc-Andre Ter Stegen gets down well to make a save!


10 mins from kickoff: Can Lewandowski make the key difference for Barcelona tonight?

Lewandowski is leading the La Liga scoring charts so far this season, with 15 goals in his first campaign in Spain, but can he score a first league goal against Real Madrid?

30 mins from kickoff: Can Real Madrid break Barcelona’s home record?

Real Madrid have won on their last two La Liga trips to the Camp Nou — but they are facing a Barcelona side unbeaten in league action this season. 

1 hr from kickoff: Ronald Araujo returns for Barca!!

Ronald Araujo is back in the starting line up — to renew his rivalry with Vini Jr — in the only change for Barcelona, as Ferran Torres drops out, and Sergi Roberto and Gavi move forward.

1 hr 15 mins from kickoff: Barcelona are on the brink of a first La Liga title since 2019

The tension around tonight’s clash is HUGE for both sides, as the La Liga title race enters its final phase, with Barcelona nine points clear of Los Blancos.

Defeat for the defending champions could spell the end of their chance to retain the trophy and La Blaugrana club president Joan Laporta believes the final result will be crucial.

1 hr 30 mins from kickoff: Rosalia at the Camp Nou!

Focus will be on the pitch tonight at the Camp Nou, but ahead of the game, Spanish pop sensation Roslia is the big talking point.

As part of Barcelona’s sponsorship deal with Spotify, they are wearing a special kit dedicated to the Catalan-born singer, and her latest album ‘Motomami’.

Check out more on the Rosalia story here.

1 hr 45 mins from kickoff: REAL MADRID UNCHANGED!!

Carlo Ancelotti has continued his habit of early team news reveals and Real Madrid are unchanged from their midweek 1-0 Champions League win over Liverpool.

Karim Benzema has shaken off a minor injury and captains the defending champions in Catalonia.

2 hrs from kickoff: There is some extra needle to this game, more than the usual between two bitter enemies. Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez will not travel to the match at Camp Nou, the first Clasico that he has not attended in over 20 years. In addition, Barcelona will reportedly not hold their traditional pre-match lunch between the directors of both clubs.

The additional hostility is due to the recent rise in tensions between the clubs over the corruption charge directed at Barcelona by Spanish prosecutors regarding alleged payments made to referee executives. Real Madrid have gone out of their way to implicate Barcelona in the situation, which has sullied relations between the two clubs.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid confirmed lineups

Ronald Araujo return from suspension to take part in this match. Ousmane Dembele, who is nursing a long-term hamstring injury, was oddly pictured attending a Sunderland match midweek, remains sidelined.

Barcelona starting lineup (4-3-3): Ter Stegen (GK) — Araujo, Kounde, Christensen, Balde — de Jong, Busquets, Roberto — Raphinha, Lewandowski, Gavi

Barcelona subs (10): Pena (GK), Tenas (GK), Fati, Torres, Alonso, Alba, Kessie, Garcia, Torre, Alarcon

Karim Benzema was withdrawn against Liverpool, but he is ready to go for El Clasico. The only absentee for Los Blancos is David Alaba, due to hamstring injury, with Ferland Mendy on the bench.

Real Madrid projected starting lineup (4-3-3): Courtois (GK) — Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Nacho — Modric, Camavinga, Kroos — Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.

Real Madrid subs (12): Lunin (GK), Lopez (GK), Vallejo, Hazard, Asensio, Odriozola, Vazquez, Tchouameni, Ceballos, Rodrygo, Mendy, Diaz

How to watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid

  TV channel Streaming
USA ESPN Deportes fuboTV, ESPN+, WatchESPN
Canada TSN+
UK Viaplay Sports 1, LaLigaTV ViaPlay
Australia Optus Sport
New Zealand Sky Sport 7 beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect
India Sports18 JioTV
Hong Kong Now Sports 2 beIN Sports Connect, Now Player, M Plus Live
Malaysia beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect, sooka
Singapore beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect, StarHub TV+

Barcelona vs Real Madrid betting odds & lines

Barcelona, as league leaders and hosts for this match, are understandable favourites, at nearly even-money on the three-way line, but the oddsmakers are well aware that this fixture can produce some unpredictable results.

As a perfect encapsulation of that sentiment, Real Madrid have won two in a row in the league at Camp Nou, and they haven’t lost at Barcelona’s hallowed ground since 2018.

Draw Real Madrid
Both teams
to score Y / N
Over / Under
2.5 goals
+110 +250 +230 -150 / +105 -130 / -110 +100 -145
+114 +235 +215 -154 / -102 -120 / -115 +112 -149
11/10 5/2 12/5 4/6, 11/10 10/11, 4/5
2.10 3.40 3.30 1.67 / 2.10 1.82 / 1.92
2.23 3.55 3.35 1.74 / 2.11 1.92 / 1.96 2.14 1.77

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