Football: Barca, Real share spoils in goalless Clasico

Football: Barca, Real share spoils in goalless Clasico

Lionel Messi
Real Madrid's Spanish defender Sergio Ramos (right) challenges Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi (centre) next to Real Madrid's Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois during the "El Clasico" Spanish League football match. (LLUIS GENE/AFP)

BARCELONA: Real Madrid outplayed Barcelona for large parts of Wednesday's (Dec 18) top-of-the-table La Liga clash but were unable to make their dominance count and the Clasico ended goalless to leave the Catalans top of the standings on goal difference.

Both sides had shots cleared off the goalline while Real's Gareth Bale did manage to put the ball in the net after the interval but his strike was narrowly ruled out for offside and the fixture ended scoreless for the first time since November 2002.

The match was rescheduled from Oct 26 due to the political turmoil that gripped Catalonia after separatist leaders were given lengthy jail sentences two months ago and it kicked off amid a protest in favour of independence near the stadium.

The draw left Barca top with 36 points after 17 games, with Real also on 36, five clear of third-placed Sevilla.

Source: Reuters/de

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