El Clasico classics

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KickOff.com takes a look at five of the most entertaining match-ups between the two sides:

Barcelona 1-5 Real Madrid (27 January 1963)

The 1950s and 60s was an era dominated by Los Blancos, winning 12 League titles between 1953 and 1969.

Their La Liga rivals had no answer to the sheers class and drive of their star-studded line-up which included the likes of Ferenc Puskas, Alfredo Di Stefano, Jose Santamaria, Francisco Gento and Raymond Kopa.

And their stars were merciless against perennial foes Barcelona on their way to the 1963/64 League title, hammering the Catalans 5-1 at the Camp Nou.
Ferenc Puskas scored a hat-trick with Alfredo Di Stefano and Francisco Gento adding their names to the scoreline as well. Remarkably, Puskas and Di Stefano were aged 35 and 36 at the time.

Real Madrid 5-0 Barcelona (6 January 1995)

This El Clasico was especially special for Danish footballing legend Michael Laudrup, who, after winning four consecutive La Liga titles with Barcelona, then joined rivals Real Madrid.

Following his move, Barca unceremoniously dropped to fourth position in the standings the following year, as Laudrup helped his new side clinch the League title for the first time in five years.

That League crown was no doubt helped by a dominant El Clasico victory at the Bernabeu, as a Ivan Zamorano hat-trick, as well as goals from Jose Emilio Amavisca and current Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, secured a 5-0 victory for the Galacticos – almost a year to the day they lost by the same margin at Camp Nou.

Barcelona 3-3 Real Madrid (10 March 2007)

An end-to end goal-fest has fans at the Nou Camp on the edge of their seats as the hosts comeback from behind on three separate occasions to secure a point against their arch-rivals.

Dutch international Ruud van Nistelrooy finds the back of the net as early as the fourth minute, but a certain Argentine wonder-kid Lionel Messi levels matters eight minutes later.

Van Nistelrooy converts a spot-kick to give Real the lead, before Messi again equalises mid-way through the first-half.

Los Blancos think they’ve got it when Sergio Ramos puts them in front for the third time on 72 minutes, yet it’s Messi once again who comes to the rescue for the hosts, clinching an 88th-minute leveller to score his first El Clasico hat-trick at the age of 19.

Barcelona 6-2 Real Madrid (2 May 2009)

Barcelona romped their way to victory in the El Clasico in their treble-winning 2008/09 season.

Real Madrid had actually taken the lead in this encounter thanks to an early strike from Gonzalo Higuain, before first-half goals from Thierry Henry, Carles Puyol and Lionel Messi gave the Blaugrana a 3-1 lead at the break.

Sergio Ramos reduced the deficit to 3-2 in the 56th minute, yet the two-goal cushion was restored just two minutes later when Henry netted his second of the match.

Messi then completed his brace, before a later Gerard Pique finish completed a memorable victory for the Catalans.

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Real Madrid 3-4 Barcelona (23 March 2014)

The last La Liga El Clasico to be hosted by Real Madrid was in March this year: a seven-goal thriller that went the way of the visitors.

Andres Iniesta’s bullet gave the visitors an early lead on 7 minutes, before a quick-fire two goals in four minutes from French forward Karim Benzema put the Galaticos ahead half-way through the first half.

Lionel Messi then twisted and turned his way through the Galactico defence late in the opening half to leave the two foes deadlocked at 2-2 heading into the break.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty then put Los Blancos back in front 10 minutes into the second period, before Sergio Ramos received his marching orders for a foul on Neymar in the box, as Messi converted from the spot.

Iniesta was then brought down in the 18-yard area six minutes from time as Messi once again buried his penalty, completing his hat-trick and the 4-3 victory for Barca.

 

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