El Clasico: Most memorable matches from Real Madrid-Barcelona
Oct. 17, 2011 — Barcelona 3, Real Madrid 2 | Mourinho gouges Vilanova's eye
Time capsule: The bitter rivals were engaged in the two-legged affair to start the 2011-12 campaign. Barca's aggregate win was overshadowed by Jose Mourinho's eye gouge on then-Barcelona assistant manager Tito Vilanova during the closing stages of the Spanish Super Cup. Gerard Pique then delivered the classic quote: "It's a shame, it is not the first time and it's always the same. Someone has to take action on the matter. Mourinho is destroying Spanish football." Mourinho and Vilanova would later make up, as the selected picture shows, when the latter took over as Barcelona manager.
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April 16, 2014 — Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona | Bale carries Real Madrid to Copa del Rey title:
Time capsule: Welsh winger Gareth Bale proved his worth and silenced his critics after making the historic move to Real Madrid in 2013 by single-handedly winning the Copa del Rey final for Los Blancos at Valencia’s Mestalla stadium. Netting with just five minutes left to see his side beat Barcelona, the former Tottenham star left Marc Bartra in his wake down the left sideline and calmly poked the ball through Barca keeper Jose Manuel Pinto's legs at the near post. A tremendous goal to the say least, which in many ways, helped spear Los Blancos to their 10th UEFA Champions League trophy a month later.
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Oct. 22, 2006 — Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona | Raul and Ruud On Target
Time capsule: Fabio Capello had been in charge at Madrid for a meager two months before Marca and AS came calling for his head. Los Blancos were playing unattractive, defensive football and had managed only 11 out of a possible 24 points. When Barca came to town, an air of cynicism had circulated around the city, with many believing that Ronaldinho and Co. would destroy Madrid as they did a year earlier. However, it took Raul only two minutes to get on the scoresheet, firing a trademark header past Valdes. The second was even more delightful, as Ruud van Nistelrooy volleyed home after a pint-point cross from Robinho. The victory sent vibes of optimism around the Spanish capital, with many people believing Capello finally would bring an end to the miserable four-year drought.
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Nov. 29, 2009 — Barcelona 1-0 Real Madrid | Fall of the Neo-Galacticos
Time capsule: Florentino Perez’s neo-Galacticos came up against the historic, treble-winning Barcelona side in the most highly anticipated El Clasico of recent years. The all-star lineup of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic provided a footballing spectacle that’s hard to forget. Los Blancos had the better of chances in an end-to-end affair. Ronaldo tormented Eric Abidal and Dani Alves, while Carles Puyol showed the world why he’s the world’s best centerback with a stunning performance that neutralized Kaka and Gonzalo Higuain. In the end, it was Ibracadabra’s magical volley that blasted Barca to their third successive Clasico win.
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Dec. 23, 2007 — Barcelona 0-1 Real Madrid | Baptista Silences The Blaugrana
Time capsule: Madrid came to the Camp Nou knowing full well that they needed something special to grab the three points. A breathtaking defensive performance spearheaded by Pepe (who has never again played at that level) and a magical performance by Iker Casillas ensured that Madrid kept a clean sheet. On the other end of the field, Julio Baptista and Ruud van Nistelrooy exchanged a one-two for "La Bestia" to rifle home a stunning volley from outside the box past Victor Valdes. Bernd Schuster perfected his defensive game plan, and Madrid never looked as composed as they did that night.
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April 10, 2005 — Real Madrid 4-2 Barcelona | Galacticos Get It Right
Time capsule: This match will go down for having the most decorated players of this generation to get on the scoresheet. Real Madrid had gone through a very rough two years, but they turned on the style as they destroyed the Blaugrana 4-2 at the Bernabeu. Zidane, Raul, Ronaldo and Michael Owen scored for Madrid, whereas Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto’o netted for Barca. It was a delightful display of pure, attacking Spanish football, with countless chances on both ends throughout the 90 minutes. The delighted Madrid fans screamed 'Ole!’' with every pass their heroes completed.
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March 4, 2001 — Real Madrid 2-2 Barcelona | Raul and Rivaldo steal the spotlight
Time capsule: One of the most controversial ties in recent years. Los Blancos legend Raul opened the scoring early in the tie, only for the on-fire Rivaldo to cancel out his strike. Raul retaliated with another goal one minute later, but Rivaldo yet again found the equalizer with 20 minutes on the clock to level the game at 2-2. The Brazilian then scored a third goal, which took a wicked deflection off Ivan Helguera, but the referee ruled out the strike for offside in what was clearly a legitimate goal. The game spurred out of control and tempers flew. A young(er) Pep Guardiola raced onto the field and screamed his head off at the referee, until he was dragged back to the dugout by his teammates.
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Nov. 24, 2002 — Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid | Luis Figo returns to Camp Nou
Time capsule: Flares, whiskey bottles, lighters, blades and even a pig’s head were being hurled onto the pitch in an attempt to punish Luis Figo, who had ‘betrayed’ Barca by joining their eternal rivals. While TV cameras caught a good portion of this, the experience at the stadium was at a totally different level. The ear-splitting whistles every time Figo touched the ball shook the stands like an earthquake. The football was not a spectacle to remember as the game saw little chances, many fouls and ended goalless. However, it's games like this that remind you that El Clascio is more than just a football game; its about the social, economical, cultural and political tensions that are dug deep into the roots of Catalunya and Castile.
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March 10, 2007 — Barcelona 3-3 Real Madrid | Lionel Messi's historic hat trick
Time capsule: The 2006-07 campaign was the best La Liga season in recent memory, and this game was the memorable turning point. Fabio Capello’s Real Madrid were leading 3-2 at the Camp Nou thanks to a Ruud van Nistelrooy double. Lionel Messi scored two relatively easy goals, but the third was groundbreaking. The game entered stoppage time, only for Ronaldinho to play a slick ball to Messi, who danced past Sergio Ramos and Ivan Helguera, and blasted his third past the hapless Iker Casillas. The game saw Messi reach the pinnacle of world football, where he still remains years later. It was truly a performance for the ages by Little Leo, who can boast the only Clasico hat trick of the decade.
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Nov. 19, 2005 — Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona | Ronaldinho's standing ovation
Time capsule: Probably the single-best performance of Ronaldinho’s illustrious career. The Brazilian magician scored a brace at the Bernabeu, but that speaks only half the story. Throughout the entire match, King Ronnie tormented the Madrid defense with his magical skills and flicks. He skipped past three Madrid players before slotting home past Iker Casillas, when the whole Santiago Bernabeu got up to its feet to applaud a legendary player who comes only once in a lifetime.
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May 7, 2008 — Real Madrid 4-1 Barcelona | The guard of honor
Time capsule: Los Blancos already had won La Liga in astonishing fashion under coach Bernd Schuster, while Barcelona were playing their worst football since the turn of the century. Prior to kickoff, Barcelona’s players had to line up and applaud the Madrid players as they came out of the tunnel onto the pitch. Barca icons Xavi and Carles Puyol said the "pasillo" was the most humiliating experience of their lives. The humiliation didn’t stop there though, as Madrid thumped Barca 4-1 to cap a brilliant La Liga season.
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May 2, 2009 — Real Madrid 2-6 Barcelona | Barca claim historic win at the Bernabeu
Time capsule: Probably the most humiliating game in the glorious history of Real Madrid (and most triumphant for Barca). Two coaches and a vote-rigging scandal saw the capital side endure an awful season, but Juande Ramos had turned things around, leading Madrid to an 18-week unbeaten streak. Gonzalo Higuain opened the scoring early on and Madrid could have fought back when Sergio Ramos closed the gap to 3-2 at halftime. But it was not meant to be as Barca kept pumping relentlessly at the home side, with the likes of Xavi, Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi carving out the Madrid defence to pieces. The Catalans crushed Madrid in astounding fashion, netting six past Iker Casillas and the victory was the cherry on top of a momentous cake for Barca, who went on that year to win an unprecedented sextuple.