Enjoy the rest of the weekend: As Barcelona substitute Carles Puyol and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo amble down the tunnel deep in conversation, I'm going to bid you a very good evening. If you're going out at some point over the next couple of days, be good and if you can't be good be careful. Thanks for your time and your emails.
Peep! Peep! Peeeeeep! It's all over - Barcelona have won the first clasico of the season and move six points clear of third-placed Real Madrid in the table. Atletico Madrid are four points behind Barca with a game in hand - they play Betis tomorrow.
GOAL! Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid (Jese Rodriguez 90) From that throw-in, Real win possession and embark on a counter-attack. The ball's played through the centre to Jese, who shoots past Victor Valdes from about 20 yards,. Valdes gets a decent touch on the ball, but can't stop it from finishing up nestling in the back of the net.
89 min: Poor footwork from Diego Lopez means the goalkeeper is forced to concede a throw-in deep inside his own half.
87 min: Real Madrid win a free-kick about 40 yards from the Barcelona goal, courtesy of an Alexis Sanchez foul. Nothing comes of it. Well, I say nothing, they end up winning a throw-in deep in Barcelona territory.
84 min: A couple of mmminutes ago, Neymar was substituted, with Pedro replacing him. The Brazilian got a standing ovation from the Camp Nou crowd as he left the field - he was excellent this evening.
83 min: Oh dear, when your luck's out, your luck is very much out. Cristiano Ronaldo, who was recently booked for dissent, suffers the indignity of being nutmegged by Dani Alves - the full back prods the ball between his legs as he goes on one of his rampaging runs towards goal. Sadly, he fails to finish the job and score.
80 min: Substitutions I was trying to tell you about before being rudely interrupted by Alexis Sanchez and his wonder goal. Alex Song replaced Andres Iniesta for Barcelona, while Jese replaced Angel Di Maria in the Real Madrid ranks. Ronaldo threw the mother of all childish tantrums when that second goal went in - it was highly amusing.
GOAL! Barcelona 2-0 Real Madrid (Sanchez 78) A ridiculously good goal from the Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez doubles Barcelona's leaHaving burst through the centre with the ball at his feet and one defender between him and the goalkeeper, he looks up, spots Lopez a bit off his line and simply chips the pair of them from about 30 yards, before wheeling away in celebration as the ball drops into the goal.
75 min: Barcelona tiki-taka their way from one side of the pitch to the other, in a mov e that ends when Neymar pulls the ball back to Andres Iniesta on the edge of the penalty area. At the behest of the crowd, he shoots goalwards, but his effort flies high and wide.
74 min: Having been under the cosh for 10 minutes or more, Barcelona attempt to dominate again, getting their collective foot on the ball and moving it around the edges of the Real Madrid penalty area once again. They win a corner, which is taken short.
72 min: Karim Benzema rattles the crossbar with a venomous shot from distance that swerves viciously in mid-air. Moments previously, Cristiano Ronaldo was denied what should have been a penalty after Javier Mascherano barged into him from behind in the penalty area. It was a ridiculous challenge by Mascherano, who was lucky to get away with it.
70 min: Just before that substitution, Karim Benzema, who has not scored in six games, leapt highest at the far post, to head wide. Had he scored, it wouldn't have counted, as the referee penalised him for leading with his arm.
68 min:Yellow card from a couple of moments ago: Marcelo, for a foul on Messi. Barcelona substitute: Alexis Sanchez on for Cesc Fabregas.
64 min: A leaden-footed touch by Angel Di means an excellent chance for Madrid to equalise is wasted. He was through on goal when he attempted to control a pass from the left, but his poor touch makes it easy for Valdes in the Barcelona goal.
63 min: A foul on Messi earns Barcelona a free-kick in line with the right hand side of the penalty area. Cesc Fabregas swings the ball into the penalty area, but his delivery is poor and Real clear.
61 min: Neymar beats the Real Madrid offside trap and to control a nice through-ball from Leo Messi, but is dispossessed in the penalty area by a fine Raphael Varane tackle when it looked as if he might double Barcelona's lead.
61 min:Real Madrid substitution: World's Most Expensive Footballler off, Karim Benzema on. Bale won't remember his first Clasico too fondly - his contribution has been fairly negligible.
59 min: Real Madrid are doing well at the moment, looking much more impressive in the second half than they did in the first.
58 min: Sami Khedeira picks up the fifth yellow card of the game, for a little tug on Andres Iniesta as the Barcelona midfielder tried to sprint past him.
57 min: Real Madrid mug Barca in midfield and embark on a lightning fast counter-attack. Modric feeds the ball out to Cristiano Ronaldo, who shoots from a narrow angle and brings a fine save out of Victor Valdes at the near post.
56 min: Real Madrid substitution: Sergio Ramos off, Asier Illarramendi on.
53 min: Real Madrid goalkeeper is forced to save a powerful diagonal shot from Neymar after Raphael Varanedawdled while the ball from deep was in flight.
50 min: Pique heads clear as Cristiano Ronaldo charges into the Barcelona penalty area in a bid to get on the end of a dinked cross from the right that had been aimed towards Gareth Bale.
48 min: Moronic play from Sergio Ramos, who shoves Andres Iniesta with his hand while already on a yellow card. It was a practically identical bit of petulance to that which earned Sergio Busquets his booking earlier in the match, but the referee's lack of consistency ensures Ramos escapes a sending-off. After a bit of argy-bargy in which all the usual suspects have their say, play continues.
47 min: Nothing comes from the corner, which Barcelona clear. With Neymar and Lionel Messi instructed to wait on the halfway line, Sami Khedeira is forced to be very, very careful as he attempts to pick a team-=mate out with his pass.
46 min: Gareth Bale attempts to swing in a cross from the right wing, but succeeds only in winning a corner offthe left-back Adriano.
Second half: The second half kicks off, with neither side having made any changes in personnel. I'm surprised by that, because I thought Carlo Ancelotti would feel compelled to bring on Isco or Benzema, or Isco and Benzema for Angel Di Maria and Ramos.
Half-time punditry: On Sky Sports, Gaizka Mendieta says Sergio Ramos looks lost in his midfield role and that his presence there means Real Madrid have lost a man in attack and lost a man in defence. Mendieta's fellow pundit blamesRamos and Varrane for not closing down Andres Iniesta as he advanced with the ball before picking out Neymar.
Half-time: Neymar's first Clasico goal is the difference between the sides as the teams walk off for their half-time siesta. Barcelona have been the better side, but when they manage to keep hold of the ball for any length of time, Real Madrid look a threat. I'll be surprised if there aren't another few goals in the second half.
45 min: Gareth Bale and Gerard Pique contest a 50-50 ball at waist height. Pique kicks the ball, Bale kicks Pique - that's a yellow card for the Welshman, who looks none too pleased.
44 min: Bale chases a long ball over the top, but Victor Valdes is off his line in a flash to clear his lines. Moments later, Vadles is called into action again, saving well after Sami Khedeira slid in to get on the end of a Ronaldo cross. Good goalkeeping.
41 min: Barcelona win a free-kick deep in Real territory, just outside the right edge of the penalty area. Lionel Messi attempts to whip the ball goalwards through a gap between edge of two-man wall and Gareth Bale, who was loitering at the edge of the six-yard box. Pepe sticks out a leg to block.
39 min: Mascherano ... Alves ... Fabregas ... Messi ... Iniesta ... Adriano ... through the legs of Khedeira ... Xavi ... dispossessed by a great tackle from Luka Modric. In summary: after a lot of pretty-but-pointless faff that enabled Barcelona to advance from the halfway line to the edge of the Real Madrid penalty area, a lank-haired Croatian wins the ball back for Real and hoofs clear.
37 min: From just inside his own half, Xavi plays a wonderful pass over the Real Madrid defence for Neymar to chase. The pass is inch-perfect, but the run was poorly timed. With Leo Messi to his right and the goal at their mercy, Neymar is penalised for offside.
35 min: Adriano gets booked for a tackle from behind on Ronaldo. From the ensuing free-kick, the ball is played in towards Gareth Bale on the edge of the penalty area. He leaps, the ball hits the back of his head and the referee awards a free-kick to Barcelona for what he saw as a hand-ball.
34 min: Real Madrid attempt to walk the ball out of defence and win a free-kick just inside their own half when Fabregas fouls Marcelo. They proceed to lose possession when a woeful pass by Pepe allows Iniesta to pounce.
32 min: For Real Madrid, Marcelo knocks the ball forward in a bid to pick out Cristiano Ronaldo, but Gerard Pique clears for Barca.
31 min: Barcelona continue to turn the screw, pinging the ball around the fringes of the Barcelona penalty area ... waiting. Iniesta eventaully lifts the ball over the top for Cesc Fabregas to chase and attempt to hookl across the face of goal, but his first touch, under pressure, is poor and the ball runs wide.
29 min: "I'm not attempting to besmirch the good names of Di Maria and Gareth Bale, great players though they both may be but is there anyone out there that wouldn't give up both of them to have Mesut Ozil in their team?" asks David Flynn. "Lunacy to sell him for half the price Bale cost."
27 min: Sami Khedeira goes down in a tangle, wide on the right, about 40 yards from the Barcelona goal. Cristiano Ronaldo stands over the free-kick, but overhits his attempted cross from deep and sends it curling wide of the upright.
26 min: Gareth Bale tries a shot from distance, but shoots high over the bar.
25 min: Real Madrid finally string a few passes together and give Barcelona's defenders something to think about. They've been in all sorts of bother, getting over-run in midfield, where Sergio Ramos is supposed to be anchoring for Real Madrid and Sami Khedeira is having a night to forget.
23 min: Ah, I've just seen a replay of Neymar's goal. I'm probably doing him an injustice by saying he had The Brazilian had "little to do apart from look up, pick his spot and make sure his aim was true". There was also the small matter of having to nutmeg Pepe, who was standing right in front of him.
20 min:From the right-hand side of the Real Madrid penalty area, Lionel Messi sends a low, diagonal effort a foot or two wide of the far upright.
19 min: That was a nice goal, set up by some fine build-up play by Andres Iniesta, who picked up the ball in midfield and then appeared glide forward, taking three Real defenders out of the equation as he slotted the ball through to Neymar. The Brazilian had little to do apart from look up, pick his spot and make sure his aim was true.
GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Real Madrid (Neymar 18)In his first Super Clasico, Neymar opens the scoring by slotting the ball into the bottom right-hand corner after being teed up by Andres Iniesta. It was a deft and precise finish, that might have taken a deflection on its way past Diego Lopez.
15 min: Coverage begins on Sky Spor ... no, stop ... come back! Bah!
14 min: Hurrah! Sergio Ramos gets booked for a clothes-line style bit of obstruction on Neymar. For reasons best known to himself, Pepe decides to get involved, adding his two cents. That was a needless booking by Ramos, who will be dismissed when he he gets that inevitable second yellow in the next 65 minutes.
12 min: Sergio Ramos appears to have lined up in midfield for Real Madrid. Further forward, Gareth Bale in the middle of the strikerless front three, flanked by Angel Di Maria and Ronaldo. Fabregas and Neymar combine well on the edge of the Real penalty area to set up a shot for Leo Messi. It's deflected, making it easy for Diego Lopez to save.
9 min: Barcelona didn't need to clear, there - the referee had blown his whistle for a foul in the penalty area by Sergio Ramos. Busquets booked and Ramos fouling - who'd have thunk it?
8 min:Sergio Busquets gets the first booking of the game for a tackle from behind on Angel Di Maria. Hs foul gives Real Madrdi a free-kick out on the right flank, a long way out. The ball's floated in towards the far post, where Barcelona clear.
7 min: Sergio Busquets brings the ball out of defence with a delightful back-heel in the direction of Cesc Fabregas, who gifts posession to Real Madrid with a loose cross-field pass.
6 min: A bright start from Barcelona, whose midfielders are currently piunging short passes to each other around the edge of the Real Madrid penalty areas, trying to find an opening.
5 min: Angel Di Maria sends a cross from deep towards the far post, aiming for Gareth Bale. The ball's too close too Victor Valdes and the goalkeeper claims possession easily.
4 min: Cesc Fabregas tries a shot from distance. His shot clatters off Neymar, who was standing in an offside position and ricochets wide. Free-kick for Real Madrid, deep in their own territory.
3 min: Sergio Busquets tries to play the ball out of defence to Dani Alves who'd galloped about 30 yards forward from the Barcelona right-back position. The Argentinian sails a bit close to the wind with his pass and comes perilously to gifting possession to Real Madrid.
2 min: In midfield, Leo Messi gets his first touch and plays the ball forward to Cesc Fabregas, who pings it right to Neymar. The Brazilian cuts inside, but has a stop put to his gallop.
1 min: It's a game that all the world is watching ... the first 15 minutes of it on dodgy internet feeds if they're in the UK. Real Madrid kick off, playing from right to left. The ball's played forward and in the Barcelona goal, Victor Valdes gets his first touch.
Not long now ...
Sergio Ramos and Xavi meet in the centre-circle for the coin-toss and other pre-match formalities.
Barcelona v Real Madrid - line-ups and substitutes
Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Adriano, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Messi, Cesc, Neymar.
Subs: Montoya, Puyol, Pedro, Sanchez, Pinto Colorado, Song, Sergi.
Real Madrid: Diego Lopez, Carvajal, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo, Ramos, Khedira, Modric, Bale, Di Maria, Ronaldo.
Subs: Casillas, Fabio Coentrao, Benzema, Arbeloa, Jese, Isco, Illarramendi.
Starting line-ups (substitutes to follow)
Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Adriano, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Fabregas, Neymar, Messi.
Real Madrid: Lopez, Carjaval, Varane, Pepe, Ramos, Modric, Khedeira, Marcelo, Bale, Di Maria, Ronaldo.
Team news we've whipped from the wires ...
Record signing Gareth Bale has been included in Real Madrid's starting lineup for Saturday's La Liga 'Clasico' at Barcelona as the Wales winger continues his comeback from a thigh strain. Real coach Carlo Ancelotti decided to deploy Bale, who has barely featured since joining from Tottenham Hotspur in the close season, in attack with Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina winger Angel Di Maria, Real said on their official Twitter feed.
Ancelotti's Barca counterpart Gerardo Martino opted for a forward line featuring Argentine World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, Brazil's Neymar and Cesc Fabregas of Spain, Barca said on their feed. A win for Real at Barca's Nou Camp stadium would put them level with their arch rivals on 25 points from 10 matches.
UK TV coverage to start 15 minutes late ...
Hmmm ... this isn't great. In the not entirely implausible event that four or five goals are scored in the opening 15 minutes of this evening's game, TV viewers in the United Kingdom will miss them, due to a regulation that prevents the screening of live football between 2.45pm and 5.15pm on Saturday afternoons. The upshot? Sky Sp[o[[rts will start screening their live coverage of the match at 5.15pm, after just five minutes of build-up. Interesting fact: in their nine La Liga matches this season, Barcelona have scored six times in the opening 15 minutes.
Match preview ...
Barcelona currently sit top of La Liga, with 25 points from nine matches, one more than second placed Atletico Madrid and three clear of tonight's visitors Real. Considering how rarely both teams drop points, one gets the feeling this is a hugely significant moment in Real's league campaign, even though less than a quarter of the season has elapsed.
For Barcelona, Jordi Alba remains sidelined with injury, which means Adriano is likely to start at left-back, while One of Carles Puyol or Javier Mascherano will start alongside Gerard Pique in the centre of defence. Xabi Alonso will be missing from the Real Madrid ranks, while Gareth Bale will probably make just his second start for Real Madrid following his low-key summer move from Tottenham Hotspur.
Barry will be here from 4.30pm. Ish. In the meantime, here's Sid Lowe previewing El Clásico in video format. He has a book out, don't you know - it's called Fear & Loathing In La Liga and is a history of the rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid. I haven't read it yet, but it's bound to be a belter. You should buy it.
Cruyff would make more of a mark on Barça as manager, leading the club to their first European Cup in 1992 and four consecutive La Liga titles between 1990-91 and 1993-94. Danish winger Michael Laudrup was the heartbeat of that side – the Dream Team – but found himself marginalised after Cruyff bought Romario in the summer of 1993. Even so – and despite falling out with Cruyff over his treatment – Laudrup starred in Barcelona's early-season 5-0 humping of Real Madrid. But it was his last big game with the club: after being forced to watch both the second El Clásico of the campaign and Barça's capitulation in the European Cup final to AC Milan from the stand, Laudrup demanded a transfer.
He went, sure enough, to Real Madrid. Whereupon the script wrote itself. Laudrup's first appearance in an El Clásico since helping Barça to a 5-0 win ended in – you already know this – a 5-0 victory for his new team Real. And having won four titles in a row with the Dream Team, he became Barça's living nightmare, removing their La Liga crown and delivering it to Real, his personal fifth title in a row.