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Five lessons from Real’s Clasico victory

RAMOS-SUAREZMADRID, October 26-Real Madrid took the spoils in the first El Clasico of the season as Luis Suarez’s Barcelona debut ended in a 3-1 defeat.

A ninth consecutive win in all competitions takes Madrid to within a point of Barca at the top of La Liga.

Here, AFP sports looks at what else can be gleaned from the victory for Carlo Ancelotti’s men

More to come from Suarez

The Uruguayan was starting his first competitive match in four months since biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup and made an instant impact as he teed up Neymar for the opening goal.

There were a few more flashes of brilliance as Lionel Messi should have tucked away another fine cross to make it 2-0, whilst he turned the Real defence on numerous occasions after the break without finding the final finish or pass.

All positive signs for Luis Enrique’s men on what was ultimately a disappointing day.

Madrid didn’t miss Bale

A muscle injury robbed Gareth Bale of taking part in the biggest week of Madrid’s season to date, but they haven’t missed him whilst firing six goals past Barca and Liverpool in the past four days.

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Bale’s absence allowed Ancelotti to use the 4-4-2 system that guided Los Blancos to victory against Barca in the Copa del Rey final in April with Isco’s work rate and guile in midfield more than compensating for the lack of Bale’s pace on the counter-attack.

Neymar is lethal, Messi wasn’t

The Brazilian registered his 11th goal this season in as many games with his only clear chance in the match as he ghosted inside Dani Carvajal and Pepe to slot into the far corner.

And the result might have been very different had Messi been so precise with his big opportunity as Iker Casillas spread himself well to prevent the Argentine doubling Barca’s lead and becoming the joint top La Liga goalscorer of all-time

Same old defensive deficencies for Barca

The game was decided by two goals in the second-half which came from corners as Barca continued to suffer from the defensive problems that dogged their trophyless campaign last season.

Pepe powered Madrid in front as, just as in their only previous defeat this season away to Paris Saint-Germain, the Catalans were caught napping at a set-piece.

Then, in their haste to equalise, Barca were caught on the counter-attack from a corner of their own as a mix up between Andres Iniesta and Javier Mascherano prompted a lightning quick move finished off by Karim Benzema.

A big night for Casillas

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Ever since playing his role in Spain’s disastrous World Cup campaign, Casillas has come under fire to justify his place in the team from the Madrid fans amongst others.

However, he rewarded Ancelotti’s faith in him with two fine stops at crucial points in the match as he spread himself to deny Messi before flying to his right to prevent Jeremy Mathieu a stunning equaliser just after Madrid had gone in front.

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  1. Ayalew

    November 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    meeting among the monkey’s will have no meaning at all. These are confused leaders of Africa,

    • Macabre

      November 25, 2011 at 5:52 pm

      I hope you look as stupid as you have vaguely written that crap.

  2. Oooooo

    November 25, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    This so called IGAD member meetimgs is nothing more than a political Masturbation disgned to achieve Orgasm to the the impotent IGAD leaders. what they should be discussing is regeme change in kenya, ethiopia, uganda, djobuiti and the investigation of how their inormus wealth is accumiliated while their people are starving and their own fertile countries economy is consistantly dependent on handouts from the western leaders who don’t care one bit about africans in general.

    • Roble

      November 25, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      You must be someone known for his indecent conduct. The meeting of Igad in Addis Ababa was important and timely. Contrary to your belief, the meeting has galvanized the unity of purpose among member countries to defeat Al Shabaab. Your suggestion of regime change seems to be off target but appropriate for Eritrea, a destabilizing factor in the region and staunch supporter of a terrorist outfit called Al Shabaab.

      • Oooooo

        November 26, 2011 at 1:02 am

        Actually you must be someone who likes and benefits from the same old regurgitated b.s. ( alshabaab, eritrea, terorism). You see, the meeting in addis abeba is noting more than a show to squeeze your colonial masters for more money. the fact is your so called IGAD is chaired, run and used by the genocidal and minority leaders in ethiopia to advance their own cause with eritrea and the ogaden region of somalia. Your corrupt leaders are going along simply because they were promised the share of the payoff. Defeating al shabaab is not that dificult, but your leaders don’t want the cash flow to end, to that end they keep bringing the name eritrea to make it look like the al shabaab is formidable. As for regime change in eritrea, keep dreaming you might pick up some indecent conduct along the dream highway. 

  3. Ezana

    November 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    IGAD is doing well this time around in exposing and alienating terrorism-exporting   tiny and impoverished country called Eritrea. Sooner of later  its thuggish, delusional & arrogant leaders with a false impression about themselves will learn that the fate of their closest friend Gadaffi is also theirs & our region will regain its peace and stability    . In the mean time, Kenya should close Eritrean embassy in Nairobi  & expel the dishonest diplomats . This is what Ethiopian did  in 1998 before it  ventured  to defeat & humiliate them in front of the whole world.

    • Oooooo

      November 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      There we go again the same woyane inferiority complex manifesting itself. you see Ezana. if this was a court of law you will probably be gulity by association for state sponsered armed robbery for robbing eritreans in 1998 because your uncles did not like the color of their eyes. your lust for more is obvious, you may or you may not get your wish, but one thing is for sure, there is no cure for your woyane inferiority complex. As for your so called defeat and humiliation of eritreans in front of the whole world, the facts on the ground speak for themselves. Bademe is eritrean, your genocidal leader can not get a sleep, the rest of ethiopians did not accept you as ethiopians and your dream of abay tigray is exposed and dead. As for the fate of Mr. Gadaffi being the fate of the eriterian leaders, time will tell, but it is more likly that his fate will also be the fate of your genocidal leader who is not only hated by ethiopians but also by the majoriy of your own tigrians.

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