In football-related news, Barcelona have nearly scored another, with Sergio Ramos having to be at his very best to deflect an effort by Andres Iniesta onto the post and away following a sublime scooped pas over the Real Madrid defence from former Arsenal man Cesc Fabregas. That probably should have been 2-1. At the other end of the pitch, the hosts have finally had a meaningful attack from build-up play as Hamit Altintop does Eric Abidal down the right and sends in a deep cross which picks out Karim Benzema at the back post only for the French forward to hit the upright with a thunderous header.
In non-football news, Sergio Busquets has been booked for being an idiot, blocking Xabi Alonso from taking a quick free kick right in front of the refereee. Dear, dear me. Anyway, it's 1-1 right now, but that score doesn't really look like standing.
For more on the two teams, check out Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid and FC Barcelona blog Barca Blaugranes. We have live coverage of the match in our Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, 2012 El Clasico StoryStream.