Real Madrid Vs. Barcelona, 2012 El Clasico: Sanchez Hits Posts, Both Teams Pick Up Booking

Alright, more stuff keeps happening. This game is much more fun than previous Clasicos. An exquisite aerial long ball* from Xavi picks out Alexis Sanchez racing into Iker Casillas's box, and the tiny Chilean somehow pulls from of both Sergio Ramos and Fabio Coentrao and meets the pass with a quite brilliant header. Casillas is completely beaten and is relieved when the ball ricochets back off the post and is eventually scrambled clear.

*If Barcelona were, say, Stoke, this would just be your standard long punt forwards, mind.

Aaaand now we've back to regular Clasiconess. Pepe stamps on Sergio Busquets for roughly no reason at all - that's not nice, Pepe - and the Real Madrid man is booked for his troubles as Busquets writhes around in pain. Minutes later, it's Pepe's turn to collapse in an embarrassing, undignified heap when Gerard Pique goes up for a header against him. A confused Pique (granted, he always looks confused) is shown a card too, much to the consternation of everyone. Anyway, it's still Real Madrid 1-0 Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu. Less of this paragraph and more of the first please.

For more on the two teams, check out Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid and FC Barcelona blog Barca Blaugranes. We'll have live coverage of the match in our Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, 2012 El Clasico StoryStream.

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