5 Important El Clasico clashes in recent memory, Barcelona v Real Madrid

By IndepthAfrica
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Oct 7th, 2012
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BARCELONA, SPAIN – APRIL 21: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF (R) duels for the ball with Carles Puyol of FC Barcelona during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou on April 21, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

In may only be early October but already tonight’s El Clasico has taken on a ‘title decider’ feel as Real Madrid arrive in Catalunya eight points behind Barcelona in the table.

Ahead of the match reporters  takes a look back at some of the more important El Clasico clashes in recent memory. And there has been quite a few.

Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid – April 12, 2012
Starting with the most recent one, this match all but secured a first La Liga title for Jose Mourinho as Madrid boss. It also sended Barca’s three year monopoly the title.

Cristiano Ronaldo finally stepped up to the plate with two goals either side of an Alexis Sanchez effort. Here is the Portuguese’s second, and ultimately title winning, goal.

Real Madrid 2-6 Barcelona – May 2, 2009
Another title clinching match saw Barca thrash Madrid 6-2 in a stunning display as Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry tore Los Blancos’ defence  apart. Amazingly, Gonzalo Higuian had given the home side an early lead.

Real Madrid 0-2 Barcelona – April 27, 2011
This time it was the Champions League semi-final first leg as Lionel Messi showed us why he is arguably the best player ito ever play the game.

His second was a sublime solo effort which was later hailed by ex-Manchester United midfielder Gordon Strachan as one of the best goals EVER.

Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid – November 29, 2010
Mourinho’s first Clasico match ended in heavy defeat as Barca produced one the the greatest ever team displays to thump their rivals 5-0.  New signing David Villa netted a double, but it was Xavi who pulled the strings in a faultless display.

Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona – November 19, 2005
Ronaldinho’s Clasico. You know you have witnessed something special when a Barca player is given a standing ovation at the home of the club’s bitter rivals.

That’s exactly what greeted the Brazilian maverick after a stunning display saw him net two wonderful second half goals in Barca’s romp. For two years, the game’s greatest exponent.

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