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Barcelona and Real Madrid stars come together for Chapecoense

The Clásico fixture is not known for its solidarity but before the whistle blew for the game, both sets of players lined-up together to remember those lost in Colombia.

Barcelona and Real Madrid stars come together for Chapecoense
PAU BARRENA AFP

Classic solidarity

The game between Barcelona and Real Madrid kicked off at 16:15 local time and from the off both sets of players have demonstrated what the rivalry is all about. In the first quarter of an hour there were hefty challenges being thrown in all over the pitch with the referee happy to wave "play-on" to most.

But before the whistle was blown, the rivals came together to show their respect for those that died in the tragic plane crash in Colombia midweek. When a minute's silence or equivalent is observed, it is customary for the two sides to line up on either side of the centre circle or in one complete line, but remaining with their teammates. This time the white of Madrid merged with the blaugrana of Barça is a show of solidarity.

Barcelona and Real Madrid players before coming together for observance.

Putting things in perspective

The actual game will no doubt be fought to the very end - and very possibly with some bad blood thrown in - but if this week has taught us anything is that there are some things more important. The funeral for those lost is being held today.