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Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid: Deadlock in El Clasico as neither side can find a breakthrough

FULL TIME: BARCA 0-0 MADRID

And that’s that. Not the best El Clasico I’ve ever seen, but a fair result, and it leaves the La Liga title challenge very much all up for grabs.

Fortunately it looks like nothing untoward happened off the pitch, but there was little to shout about on it in all honesty.

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Free kick for Madrid just inside the Barca half, and there will just be time to take this.

One more chance?

The game just petering out slightly, and it looks as though both managers have decided they will take a point.

It would probably be a fair result, in all honesty

Carvajal takes a swipe at Fati, he goes into the book.... what’s new?

There will be FIVE MINUTES injury time

If a winner is coming, it’s going to come late.

Barca lead a counter attack but Suarez’s shot is blocked.

Now, how much injury time will we see...

Fati sends in a corner, Suarez meets it at the back post, but can only head it wide

Ansu Fati, by the way, is the youngest player to appear in El Clásico for Barcelona since 1941.

Imagine the scenes if he were to grab a winner...

Both players are up again and ok and play has resumed.

Is there to be any late drama?

Griezmann is now off with Fati on. Meanwhile Bale and Lenglet are down after a nasty clash of heads

Bale thought for a blissful second he had given Madrid the lead, but it wasn’t to be thanks to the linesman’s flag.

Just under ten minutes plus injury time to go for him to try to do it again

(Image: REUTERS)

It’s a double substitution for Madrid as Modric replaces Valverde and Rodrygo comes on for Isco

You’ll never guess whose been booked? Only Sergio Ramos. I know, I’m shocked too

I’ve just been informed that there has been just one 0-0 in league encounters between these two in 30 years.

We couldn’t be on for a second tonight... could we?

Isco is booked for a late tackle. Story of the game, really

Up the other end Suarez tries a curling effort but it flies wide of the far post.

The game coming to life a bit now, both teams going for it

And VAR confirms it is not a goal, Mendy was just inches offside when he crossed.

Hard on Bale, who looked overjoyed for just a moment there

GOAAA... NO!

Bale thinks he has given Madrid the lead as he tucks it home from Mendy’s cross but he is given offside.

It’s going to VAR though...

Good bit of quality from De Jong, who receives the ball and tries a low, rasping effort, but Courtois can push it away to safety

20 minutes to go. Will both sides settle for a point or will we see a breakthrough?

(Image: REUTERS)

And now after his miss Bale goes in the book for a high foot on Griezmann

Bale receives the ball on the left and tries a powerful effort, but it hits the side netting.

He probably should have hit the target

Messi tries his luck, but can’t repeat his wonder-strike against Liverpool from last season... it was from a similar position

Casemiro goes into the book for a late challenge on Suarez. Quite a few walking the tightrope out there now, I make that four in total.

Good position for a free-kick, but too far out for a shot, surely...

A looping cross finds Benzema at the back post, but he can only head into the side netting.

Will we see a goal? It’s opening up just slightly

This game has just lacked that final bit of quality from both sides.

Griezmann thinks he is in for a second but the pass is just slightly overhit and Madrid can clear.

Barca suddenly explode into life!

First Messi finds himself with the ball in the box but just can’t get it out of his feet in time, then Suarez goes down under the challenge of Ramos, but no penalty is given.

The noise levels are raised in the Nou Camp

Out of nowhere Barca come forward and Sergi Roberto lofts a ball into the box, but Courtois easily catches it

First substitution of the night and it is a Barcelona one, with Arturo Vidal replacing Nelson Semedo. Can he liven his side up?

Valverde strikes from distance and it is deflected behind for a corner.

Barca have literally hardly managed to get the ball out of their own half so far in this second period

There was nothing to choose between Barcelona and Real Madrid as they played out the first El Clasico 0-0 since 2002 at the Nou Camp.

The match was played amid political tensions in Catalonia, with protests taking place before the game, but fortunately both teams arrived at the stadium safely.

Madrid had the best of the first-half but Barcelona could have taken the lead against the run of play when Lionel Messi played in Jordi Alba, who could only volley an effort wide.

In the second period Gareth Bale thought he had given the visitors the lead when he tapped home from Ferland Mendy's low cross, but the linesman flagged for offside and VAR replays showed Mendy had just edged in front of the last defender.

There was a tremendous atmosphere as ever for El Clasico

There was still time for a bit of history as Ansu Fati became the youngest player to appear in El Clasico in the 21st century when he replaced Antoine Griezmann, but the game petered out into a disappointing draw, and one which keeps the two teams level at the top of La Liga on 36 points each.

Concerns the game would be disrupted failed to materialise, save for yellow balls hurled on to the pitch by Catalan independence supporters in the second half.

With more protests planned by Catalan campaigners there was increased security all around the stadium and helicopters buzzed overhead before kick-off.

Such were the security concerns, both teams had shared the same hotel before the match.

Lionel Messi struggled to really get going during the encounter

Thousands of peaceful campaigners protested nearby earlier in the afternoon and throughout the build-up to the game, while a display of Catalonia's red and yellow colours filled one side of the stadium at kick-off.

A cagey opening in a volatile atmosphere ensued. Bale was back in Real's starting line-up, while Ivan Rakitic replaced Sergio Busquets in Barcelona's midfield.

Real's Zinedine Zidane will have been the happier manager at half-time after his side dominated the opening 45 minutes.

But Alba volleyed the best chance of the first half wide for Barca four minutes before the break following Lionel Messi's brilliant chipped pass.

Zinedine Zidane and Ernesto Valverde look on

Real skipper Sergio Ramos cleared off the goal-line as Casemiro attempted to thwart Messi in the box, while Barca defender Gerard Pique had earlier done likewise from Karim Benzema's header.

Real maintained their high energy levels at the start of the second period as they continued to hog possession and quickly won the ball back when they lost it.

Despite all Real's possession, Messi threatened but failed to control Antoine Griezmann's ball inside the area and then Bale flashed a rising shot just off target at the other end.

Bale thought he had broken the deadlock in the 72nd minute, but VAR ruled Ferland Mendy was fractionally offside before delivering his pin-point low cross.

Gareth Bale scored in the second half but it was ruled offside

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Frenkie De Jong's long-range effort failed to trouble Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Luis Suarez blazed high and wide from inside the area.

The game entered the final 10 minutes on a knife-edge, but chances were still hard to come by in both areas and as the clock ticked down neither side was prepared to risk charging forward.

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