Real Madrid Vs. Barcelona, 2011 El Clasico: Madrid Counterattacks Causing Barca Problems

Barcelona are going to have to be very wary of their opponents abilities on the counterattack here and they come perilously close to slipping further behind at the Santiago Bernabeu. A free kick is boomed away from the Madrid box, and it falls, rather miraculously, to a white shirt. With Barcelona caught up the pitch, Madrid can break at speed, and only some odd decision making by Angel di Maria, who chooses to shoot at Victor Valdes's near post rather than pass to a teammate, saves the visitors' collective bacon.

Madrid might be 1-0 up but they're looking to push ahead whenever possible, and Valdes is forced into another save when a cross is floated in an goalscorer Karim Benzema beats Carles Puyol to the ball. Fortunately for Barcelona, the France striker's header lacks the requisite power to overly trouble the keeper, and they can clear.

For all of our live coverage throughout the game, keep it on our Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, El Clasico StoryStream. For more on the two teams, head over to Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid and FC Barcelona blog Barca Blaugranes. For more from around the world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on twitter and bookmark SB Nation Soccer

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