Saturday, April 21st, 2012
Barcelona 1 – Real Madrid 2 (La Liga, April 21, 2012) (Extended highlights.) The Nou Camp was a picture before kick-off as the fans displayed a mosaic reading “Som I Serem.” When the match got underway Real where first to threaten as Cristiano Ronaldo saw a header tipped over by Valdes. In the 16th minute Real scored; Valdes could only block a Pepe header, Puyol stumbled and Sami Khedira dived in to net the opener. Messi helped Barca prised open Real, but Xavi’s sidefooted shot narrowly sailed past the Madrid upright. The Catalans wasted a great opportunity after the break as Cristian Tello scooped an effort wide when through on goal. WIth 20 minutes remaining Barca levelled as Messi lead an attack, Tello missed, but the Catalans maintained the pressure before sub Alexis Sanchez poked in the equaliser from close range. Parity was held for less than 120 seconds as Ozil freed Cristiano Ronaldo in the inside right channel as the Portuguese forward rounded Valdes to score.