HT:El Clasico: Real Madrid 0-0 Barcelona. Courtois shines in goal to deny Messi twice
The first half is over and the HT score is Real Madrid 0-0 Barcelona.
2019/2020 La Liga
0 – 0
A fairly even, tense and rather cagey first half has come to an end. Though much of the play has come in midfield, both sides have had chances, with Courtois the busier of the goalkeepers, making two fine saves to deny Arthur and Messi respectively.
Setien’s side have certainly had the better of the possession – seeing 57.2 percent of the ball so far – but Madrid have had the joy on the counter.
However, Zidane could perhaps look to introduce more pace, maybe in the form of Bale, in order to offer more support to Vinicius and Benzema.
Benzema’s volley goes over the bar
Real Madrid fire the first shot of the game as Benzema tries a volley outside of the box, but it goes over the bar.
Yellow Card! Vinicius booked
A first booking of the match just 10 minutes in and it goes to Vinicius, who fouled Semedo.
Carvajal & Alba both get yellow card
A bit of hustle and bustle down on the left flank as Alba and Carvajal clash. The referee is quickly over and again shows no hesitation in getting his cards out – showing each to both of them.
OVER! Griezmann misses huge chance in the box
That’s a huge opportunity for Barca! Messi slips a neat pass out to Alba, who timed his run to perfection and drills in a cutback towards the waiting Griezmann, but he sends his effort way over the bar.
SAVE! Messi’s shot goes straight at Courtois
A first effort for Messi, but on his weaker right foot and from a tight angle, Barca’s talisman does not really test Courtois.
HUGE SAVE! Courtois denies Arthur’s shot
Arthur gets the better of Kroos and suddenly finds himself one-on-one with Madrid’s goalkeeper. The Brazil midfielder attempts to lob a chip into the right-hand corner, but Courtois stands firm to make a superb stop.
Another save from Courtois to deny Messi!