The much anticipated El Classico match between two Spanish giants, Barcelona and Real Madrid ended in a very rare goalless draw on Wednesday night at Camp Nou.
This is the first goalless draw in El Classico match in all competitions since November 2002.
Barcelona seemed to dominate during the early minutes as Antoine Griezmann’s cross for Luis Suarez got just out of the reach of the Uruguayan star in the fifth minute.
But as the match progressed, it soon became obvious that Real Madrid had the upper hand starting with Karim Benzema’s left-footed shot from the edge of the area after Isco’s backheel cross.
Real nearly scored again when Benzema’s header was shot off by Gerard Pique just before it could fully cross the line into Barça’s net in the 17th minute.
Real continued to control the game while Barcelona missed the few chances of getting the ball to score through Lionel Messi’s passes.
The match was briefly disrupted in the 55th minute by Catalan separatists who protested outside the stadium and threw beachballs onto the field as fans chanted in the stands.
Messi nearly scored for Barcelona after the match resumed when he tried to direct the ball into Real’s net but was stopped under intense defense from Los Blancos.
Gareth Bale scored a late goal for Real but it was ruled out as offside. 17-year-old Ansu Fati made his first El Classico debut after he substituted Antoine Griezmann but not even the youngster could make a breakthrough for his team.
Thus the match which was originally scheduled to hold in October but was postponed due to Civil unrest in Catalonia ended in a 0-0 draw on Wednesday, 18 December.
Barcelona remains top of La Liga and will face Alaves at home on Saturday while Real Madrid will welcome Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.