3/10/07

La Liga: Barcelona 3 - Real Madrid 3


Terrific "gran clásico" that finished with a draw, 3-3 (2-2 in the first half). Real's coach, Fabio Capello, could have done with the experience of David Beckham, Roberto Carlos, Fabio Cannavaro and Jose Antonio Reyes, but all four missed the trip through injury and Capello was forced to field a severely weakened side.

Barcelona´s defender Oleguer got a red card at the end of the first half and Barcelona played with ten players the second half.

19 year old Lionel Messi salvaged the draw scoring three goals for Barcelona, the last one at the end of the game. "I was given a lot of space by my teammates. I tried to take advantage and today it worked out. It was a very special match," Messi told La Sexta TV station. "Madrid benefited from having an extra player. If it hadn't, the game would have been very different."

Real Madrid lost a great opportunity to win in Barcelona and to come back to the fight for the championship. Ruud van Nistelroy (2) and Sergio Ramos scored for Real Madrid.

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