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Real Madrid 0-1 Barcelona: LaLiga Clásico 2018/19

A first-half Rakitic goal was the difference between the sides at the Bernabéu as Barcelona moved 12 points ahead of their eternal rivals in LaLiga.

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Real Madrid will be out to avenge Wednesday's Copa del Rey semi-final defeat when they welcome LaLiga leaders Barcelona to the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu for the second time in four days tonight (20:45 CET).

Madrid host Blaugrana reeling from midweek defeat to arch rivals

In a game that saw them spurn several chances to score, Madrid were made to rue their profligacy as two second-half strikes by Luis Suárez, either side of a Raphael Varane own goal, gave Barça a 3-0 victory that secured their place in May's Copa final.

Madrid now host their arch rivals in LaLiga - and, while they dare not lose two Clásicos at home in less than a week, victory for Los Blancos would, in all probability, serve only as a psychological boost ahead of Tuesday's crucial Champions League clash with Ajax.

After all, Santiago Solari's third-placed side trail Barcelona by a nine-point margin which is effectively 10, given that October's 5-1 thumping at the Camp Nou means they're unlikely to overhaul the Blaugrana's head-to-head advantage.

Barcelona can take big step towards LaLIga title tonight

Barça, on the other hand, would open up a commanding (albeit provisional) 10-point lead over Atlético Madrid - who face Real Sociedad on Sunday - were they to add to their impressive record of seven victories in their last 10 LaLiga visits to the Bernabéu.

And with the midweek Copa result leaving Madrid and Barça tied on 95 wins each from the 241 Clásicos so far played, the Catalans now have the chance to overtake Los Merengues in the sides' overall head-to-head for the first time since way back in 1932.


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