Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid: Spoils shared in open Clasico after VAR rules out Bale goal
Barcelona and Real Madrid could not be separated at Camp Nou and remain level on points at the top of LaLiga.
2019/2020 La Liga :-0 – 0
Gareth Bale saw a goal disallowed as Barcelona and Real Madrid played out a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou on Wednesday.
LaLiga’s top two went into the contest level on points this season and with 72 wins each from previous league meetings, and there was nothing to separate them in a tense clash in Catalonia.
The match was rearranged from October after the initial date became a security risk due to the prospect of Catalan independence protests, and there were fans inside and outside the stadium making their voices heard over one of Spain’s most divisive issues.
The action on the pitch was a little less fraught, Bale’s second-half strike – ruled out for offside – representing the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock.
CLOSE! Benzema’s shot saved
SAVE! Neat play between Kroos and Isco, who offloads to Benzema with a backheel creates the first opening of the game. The Frenchman shoots low on his left foot towards the bottom-left corner, but Ter Stegen gets down to make the stop.
CLOSE! Pique makes goal-line clearance
OFF THE LINE! Casemiro comes inches away from the opener, only to see his downward header cleared off the line by Pique with a stooping header. Barcelona switch off from the corner to allow Isco space to launch a cross into the box. Casemiro meets the delivery and heads towards goal, but the veteran defender moves back swiftly to clear his effort away.
SAVE! Ramos makes goal-line clearance
BLOCK! Ramos denies Messi with goal-saving block on the line. Alba makes a successful probe and whips a dangerous cross towards the middle. Sergi Roberto almost connects, but Courtois punches it away from hime. Messi latches on to the rebound acrobatically and his effort travels towards goal, only to see his effort turned away by a backpeddling Ramos.
CHANCE! Valverde’s long shot inches wide
CLOSE! Valverde has space to launch a strike at goal from 25 yards. The midfielder connects with a sweet strike that has Ter Stegen concerned. It travels past his gloves, but drifts inches past the right-hand post.
MISS! Alba’s shot inches wide
CHANCE! ALBA HAS TO SCORE! Messi threads the needle with an incisive pass to release Alba through on goal. The Spaniard only has Courtois to beat, but he guides his left-footed strike wide of the right post. A total lack of composure.
Unbelievable! What a miss from Messi
CHANCE! Messi releases Griezmann down the left flank and he beats the challenge of Carvajal. The Frenchman squares the ball back to Messi on the charge, but the Argentine scuffs his effort at goal. What are the chances of that? A rare miss from Messi.
OFFSIDE! Bale’s goal disallowed
DISALLOWED GOAL! Bale converts from close range to dispatch Mendy’s cross to the back post, steering his effort past Ter Stegen, but the goal is disallowed for offside against the Madrid full-back from Casemiro’s ball over the top.
Yellow Card! Ramos booked
Messi draws a mistake from Ramos, who cynically pulls down the Argentine. Ramos is booked for the incident and keeps talking to the referee after the fact. He has to be careful