Real Madrid Vs. Barcelona, 2011 El Clasico: Xavi Free Kick Causes Iker Casillas Issues

It looks like Angel di Maria will continue for Real Madrid despite that knock he picked up a little while ago, which is fantastic news for Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid and less good news for Pep Guardiola and Barcelona. Madrid are still doing their thing, using their pace to pose the visitors' defence some interesting questions, but early Karim Benzema goal aside they've just about managed so far.

Of course, this Barcelona side isn't really known for its defending, and they're doing some work on the attack as well. Cesc Fabregas wins a free kick when he's catapulted into the air by Lassana Diarra, and Xavi's free kick is wicked and swerving, forcing Iker Casillas to punch clear in unconvincing fashion.

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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