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The official flags Emmanuel Adebayor offside. Victor Valdes takes the free kick.
David Villa goes off and Sergi Roberto comes on.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa by David Villa. Garcia Sergio Ramos takes the direct free kick.
Lionel Messi grabs a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Real Madrid 0-2 Barcelona.Sergio Busquets provided the assist for the goal.
Foul by Lassana Diarra on Hernandez Xavi, free kick awarded. Hernandez Xavi takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor on Sergio Busquets, free kick awarded. Gerard Pique takes the free kick.
Emmanuel Adebayor goes into the book.
Lionel Messi handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Iker Casillas.
Lionel Messi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Raul Albiol. Free kick taken by Garcia Sergio Ramos.
Emmanuel Adebayor challenges Seydou Keita unfairly and gives away a free kick. Hernandez Xavi takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Angel Di Maria by da Silva Dani Alves. Junior Marcelo takes the direct free kick.
Lionel Messi fires in a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Real Madrid 0-1 Barcelona.Assist by Ibrahim Afellay.
Lionel Messi takes a shot. Xabi Alonso gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cristiano Ronaldo by Gerard Pique. Shot comes in from Cristiano Ronaldo from the free kick.
Unfair challenge on David Villa by Lassana Diarra results in a free kick. Lionel Messi takes the free kick.
Sergio Busquets is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Xabi Alonso takes the direct free kick.
Ibrahim Afellay is brought on as a substitute for Rodriguez Pedro.
Close range header by Rodriguez Pedro goes wide of the left-hand post.
David Villa takes a shot. Save made by Iker Casillas.
The assistant referee flags for offside against da Silva Dani Alves. Iker Casillas restarts play with the free kick.
Carles Puyol gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cristiano Ronaldo. Xabi Alonso crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Cristiano Ronaldo goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Seydou Keita on Garcia Sergio Ramos. Iker Casillas takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kleper Pepe on da Silva Dani Alves. Kleper Pepe is sent off. Sergio Busquets takes the free kick.
Foul by Sergio Busquets on Junior Marcelo, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Junior Marcelo.
The ball is sent over by Angel Di Maria.
Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor on Javier Mascherano, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Hernandez Xavi.
Unfair challenge on Kleper Pepe by Javier Mascherano results in a free kick. Javier Mascherano goes into the referee's book. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Xabi Alonso from left channel, save by Victor Valdes.
Rodriguez Pedro fouled by Junior Marcelo, the ref awards a free kick. Da Silva Dani Alves takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Lionel Messi by Garcia Sergio Ramos results in a free kick. Garcia Sergio Ramos is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Hernandez Xavi from right channel, Seydou Keita challenges Garcia Sergio Ramos unfairly and gives away a free kick. Iker Casillas restarts play with the free kick.
Kleper Pepe challenges da Silva Dani Alves unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Victor Valdes.
Cristiano Ronaldo takes a shot. Victor Valdes gets a block in.
Shot by Cristiano Ronaldo from 25 yards. Save by Victor Valdes. Mesut Ozil takes a shot. Save by Victor Valdes.
The ball is sent over by Rodriguez Pedro, Lionel Messi takes a shot. Blocked by Garcia Sergio Ramos.
Red card for Jose Pinto.
(Real Madrid) makes a substitution, with Emmanuel Adebayor coming on for Mesut Ozil.
Unfair challenge on Angel Di Maria by da Silva Dani Alves results in a free kick. Da Silva Dani Alves goes into the book. Strike on goal comes in from Cristiano Ronaldo from the free kick.
Corner taken by Hernandez Xavi from the right by-line.
The ball is delivered by Mesut Ozil. Foul by Mesut Ozil on da Silva Dani Alves, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Carles Puyol. Alvaro Arbeloa receives a caution.
Foul by da Silva Dani Alves on Angel Di Maria, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Cristiano Ronaldo, Carles Puyol gets a block in.
David Villa takes a shot. Blocked by Junior Marcelo.
Kleper Pepe takes a shot. Comfortable save by Victor Valdes. Junior Marcelo fouled by da Silva Dani Alves, the ref awards a free kick. Xabi Alonso takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Xabi Alonso by da Silva Dani Alves results in a free kick. Xabi Alonso takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Rodriguez Pedro by Alvaro Arbeloa results in a free kick. Carles Puyol takes the direct free kick.
Shot on goal by Hernandez Xavi from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kleper Pepe on da Silva Dani Alves. Free kick taken by da Silva Dani Alves.
Alvaro Arbeloa is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Carles Puyol restarts play with the free kick.
Hernandez Xavi takes a shot. Save by Iker Casillas.
Short corner worked by Junior Marcelo.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hernandez Xavi by Lassana Diarra. Free kick taken by Hernandez Xavi.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lassana Diarra on Sergio Busquets. Free kick taken by Javier Mascherano.
Shot from just outside the box by David Villa misses to the left of the goal.
Alvaro Arbeloa fouled by Rodriguez Pedro, the ref awards a free kick. Iker Casillas restarts play with the free kick.
Garcia Sergio Ramos fouled by Seydou Keita, the ref awards a free kick. Kleper Pepe takes the free kick.
Cristiano Ronaldo takes a shot. Save by Victor Valdes.
Shot by Hernandez Xavi. Save by Iker Casillas.
Unfair challenge on Lassana Diarra by Seydou Keita results in a free kick. Kleper Pepe takes the free kick.
Alvaro Arbeloa fouled by Rodriguez Pedro, the ref awards a free kick. Garcia Sergio Ramos restarts play with the free kick.
Ramos: Real are not favourites
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos insists his side are not viewing themselves as favourites ahead of the Champions League semi-final first leg against Barcelona, even though they could hardly be in better shape going into the clash at the Bernabeu.
Confidence is soaring in the Madrid camp having last week ended a near three-year trophy drought by beating Barca to win the Copa del Rey, and then at the weekend they showed their formidable strength in depth when a supposed second-string side thumped third-placed Valencia 6-3 at the Mestalla - becoming the first away side ever to score six times at Valencia in the league.
Only two of Madrid's starting line-up from the cup final began that match, and with an almost full squad available for the match - Ricardo Carvalho is suspended and Sami Khedira injured - Jose Mourinho has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal as he looks to move a step closer to becoming the first coach to conquer Europe with three different clubs.
It is a different story for Barca boss Pep Guardiola, who has something of defensive crisis with left-backs Eric Abidal, Maxwell and Adriano all definitely missing, while Carles Puyol and Gabriel Milito are both battling to recover from injuries, although they have both been included in a 20-man squad.
With their injury problems and Madrid4s good form in mind, Guardiola suggested at the weekend that Mourinho4s men were favourites ahead of the game, but Ramos has played down that tag.
"We don't regard ourselves as favourites because I don4t think it serves for anything. If anything has led to success it's been simplicity, humility and hard work. And those are the values we must uphold," he said on his club's website.
"Both Barcelona and Real Madrid have great players and nobody can predict what will happen. We all know the responsibility we have and what it takes to defend these colours and we know we have to give it everything."
Guardiola also made sweeping changes for his side's league clash with Osasuna on Saturday, and although the Catalan giants were nowhere near as impressive as Madrid were against Valencia, their 2-0 home win over Osasuna moved them a step closer to the Primera Division title, boasting an eight-point lead over Madrid with only five games remaining.
Further good news for Barca came with David Villa ending his 11-game goalless streak for the club with the opener in that match, while substitute Lionel Messi wrapped up the win late on with his 50th competitive club goal of an incredible season - a new record for Spanish football.
Barca, who are also without striker Bojan Krkic through injury, may not be at full strength heading into the third of four 'Clasicos' with Madrid in the space of 18 days, but midfielder Andres Iniesta is still in optimistic mood.
"We would all have settled for being where we are in the league, being in the Champions League semi finals and playing the Copa del Rey final," said Iniesta, who is available for Barca having escaped an extra one-game ban by UEFA after being cleared of allegedly getting deliberately booked in the quarter-final first leg against Shakhtar Donetsk.
"We have to go out with what we've got. We have to find strength where there is none. The players are fine, and we are focused on what we have ahead of us. And what we have ahead of us is something very nice indeed to focus on."
The Spain international, whose last-minute goal earned Barca a semi-final win against Chelsea two years ago before the Catalan club went on to beat Manchester United in the final, added on his club4s website: "It will be tough and difficult, but we have a positive attitude and are very excited to know that we are very close to being in another final.
"It would be a dream to play at Wembley. I don't mind if I don't score, or even play, as long as we are in that final."
Madrid, looking for a record 10th European cup crown after progressing past the last 16 for the first time in seven years, have beaten Barca twice before in the semi-finals of this competition, and on both occasions - in 1960 and 2002 - went on to lift the trophy.
However, Barca have had the better of the recent meetings between the two Spanish superpowers, at least up until last week. They had won five successive 4Clasicos4 - one short of equalling the record of consecutive wins - before being held 1-1 by 10-man Madrid in the league 10 days ago and then losing 1-0 after extra-time in the cup final.
Messi puts Barca on brink of Wembley
Lionel Messi struck twice late on as Barcelona took a huge step towards the Champions League final with a 2-0 semi-final, first leg win over 10-man Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
Messi, taking his tally to 52 in all competitions this season, netted in the 76th and 87th minutes - the second a typically brilliant solo effort - to settle an ill-tempered clash which saw Madrid defender Pepe sent off in the 61st minute.
That incident also saw Madrid coach Jose Mourinho - who on Tuesday sparked a war of words with counterpart Pep Guardiola - sent to the stands, while Barca reserve goalkeeper Jose Pinto was also shown a red card following an incident at half-time.
However, the end result means Barca, European champions in 2006 and 2009, are now firm favourites to progress to next month's final at Wembley.
Barca welcomed back captain Carles Puyol - who has been absent for all five of his side's defeats this season - but the visitors still had a number of absentees with Andres Iniesta, Eric Abidal and Adriano among the missing.
Madrid, who last week ended their three-year wait for a trophy when they beat Barca to win the Copa del Rey final, were unable to call on the suspended Ricardo Carvalho and injured Sami Khedira.
The first half was a cagey affair with Madrid content to let Barca have possession well away from danger and the visitors unwilling to commit too many men forward.
That led to Cristiano Ronaldo showing his frustration at one point as well as the home fans, and meant goalscoring chances at either end were few and far between.
Xavi tested Iker Casillas with a well-struck volley early on, while the Barca schemer also had the best chance of the opening period in the 24th minute after latching onto Lionel Messi's pass.
However, he was again denied by Spain team-mate Casillas, who blocked his low shot.
David Villa also saw a low effort go not far wide as Barca sought a valuable away goal.
At the other end, Madrid fans had to wait until just before half-time to see their side give Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes something to think about.
Ronaldo tried his luck from 25 yards and the ball rebounded back off Valdes' chest. Mesut Ozil looked set to net as he followed up, but Valdes saved his effort and an offside flag would have ruled out any goal anyway.
As the players left the field following an increasingly niggly first half, there was a melee between the sides as they entered the tunnel that resulted in Pinto receiving a red card.
Mourinho decided to switch things at the break, taking off Mesut Ozil and sending on Emmanuel Adebayor, who scored twice here in the 4-0 quarter-final, first leg win over Tottenham.
Both sides had half-chances at the start of the second period, with Messi and Ronaldo seeing efforts blocked, before Madrid defender Sergio Ramos picked up a yellow card which rules him out of the second leg.
Much worse was to follow for Madrid though as they were reduced to 10 men when Pepe was shown a straight red card following a challenge on Dani Alves that left the Brazilian writhing in agony.
That was the fourth time in four clashes with Barca this season that Madrid have had a player sent off, and Mourinho's anger on the touchline resulted in him being sent to the stands.
Barca sensed a great opportunity to take control of the tie and almost went ahead in the 68th minute when Villa saw a shot saved by Casillas and Pedro headed the rebound inches wide.
And their next opening saw them take the lead when substitute Ibrahim Afellay did well to create space down the right and his low cross was turned in by Messi running in at the front post.
Messi was not finished and struck a brilliant second with three minutes remaining to leave Barca with one foot in the final.
The Argentina ace dribbled past several Madrid defenders at pace before sliding a right-footed shot past Casillas.
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