Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid, 2012 El Clasico: Chances At Both Ends

That's the first corner of the match, and it goes to Real Madrid after Carles Puyol's forced into a tackle on Cristiano Ronaldo on the Barcelona right. Mesut Ozil swings the ball in and Ronaldo flicks it goalwards, forcing Victor Valdes into a lovely fingertip save. The second corner is aimed at Pepe's head, and his header is far less useful.

That was a great sign for the visitors, but within two minutes Barcelona had a great chance. A horrible pass from Pepe to Sergio Ramos is intercepted by Dani Alves, but Iker Casillas is out like a flash and smothers the ball before the fullback get around him. That was desperately close to a goal for Barcelona - I have no idea what on earth Pepe was thinking in playing that ball, but brilliant goalkeeping from Casillas saves the day.

We have live game coverage in our Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, 2012 El Clasico StoryStream. For more on the two teams, head over to Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid and FC Barcelona blog Barca Blaugranes.

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