El Clasico makes history for wrong reasons


Barcelona and Real Madrid played out to a goalless at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night, a first goalless draw in the league in 17 years and just the second in the last 30 years between the two rivals.

The fixture was originally scheduled for October 26, but was postponed because of fears of civil unrest in Catalonia.

The match had too much tension in the pitch and outside as a political protest took place in the 55thminute, when so many yellow beach balls were hurled onto the pitch in the name Catalan nationalism.

Gareth Bale’s disallowed goal in the second half was the closest either side came to scoring, but Real left-back Ferland Mendy was judged to be offside in the build-up.

The result sees defending champions Barca stay top of La Liga with Real second on goal difference and both clubs are now five points clear of Sevilla who lost to Villarreal on Sunday.

Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Wednesday that the draw was not good enough, even though he was impressed with his players.

“The result isn’t good enough for me, we could’ve done something more, but that’s football. If you have chances, you have to score them, and this is what we were missing in certain instances. We played a serious match, we were focused for the 90 minutes. It was a good Clasico, a good football match. It only lacked goals” Zidane said to reporters.

Real Madrid have now gone 7 La Liga matches without winning against Barcelona, their worst such run in El Clasico since December 2011.

Lionel Messi has also failed to score or assist in his last 4 games against Real Madrid in all competitions for the first time in his career.

By Ofhani Munyai

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