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This Wednesday the expected first Clasico of the season in Spanish football will finally arrive. The match corresponding to matchday 10 of La Liga and that was supposed to be played at the end of November, was postponed due to the instability experienced in Catalonia and will finally take place on December 18 at 8:00 p.m. once matchday 17 was completed. Both teams played exciting games this weekend that ended in draws and arrive equaled in points at the top of the standings to face a Clasico anticipated with plenty of emotions and that leaves no one indifferent.
It was in the 95th minute when Real Madrid got the final 1-1 against Valencia this Sunday that allowed them to match Barça’s line again to reach the same tally as their great rivals before the most anticipated match. Zidane’s team played an even and disputed match at Mestalla and found themselves at a disadvantage after Carlos Soler gave the lead to the home side in the 78th minute. It seemed that the three points were to remain at home, but on the last play of the match, the white team got a corner and sent its goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, to try to accomplish the miracle. The Belgian keeper managed to connect the center with a header and forced Jaume Domenech to intervene, but there Karim Benzema appeared to push the rebound into the net and unleash the delirium that celebrated an important point.
The celebrations of Madrid’s players in Valencia do not prevent analyzing the opportunity lost by ‘Los Blancos’ to reach the Clasico as the only leaders of La Liga. Barcelona's draw against Real Sociedad on Saturday had left the door open for its great rival to take advantage of, but Zidane's men were not able to make their good first half profitable and saw how their best chances were wasted by their strikers, as that candid headshot of Benzema that went away, or stopped by a successful Jaume. This is how that exciting final moment was reached, in which Courtois was decisive in the opposite area in an action that could mark the beginning of a new stage for the goalkeeper in the Santiago Bernabeu.
Once the tie was completed, Zidane himself marked the positive and the negative aspects of the result. "The point is a little prize. In the end, we got an important result, but it is a shame because we did a very good first half. They got better in the second half and it got even," lamented the French coach. "With everything we did, I think we deserved to score a goal that compensated for the team's effort. Football is like that and you don't have to complain. We have to accept what football gives us," he completed.
He also referred to the decisive moment and the action of his goalkeeper. "He decided to go up and that means we want more, that we never give up. The draw is something that shows the effort we made, which was a lot. This is Real Madrid, a team that never lowers its arms. They thought it could be done and it was just like that", he ended up marking the philosophy that he has again imposed on the Spanish giant.
Therefore, Madrid will visit Barcelona with both teams equaled in 35 points after 16 games played for each of them. Barça is the leader for its best goal difference, and their strength in the Camp Nou positions them as favorites for this match, although Madrid knows that this is their great opportunity to end the year ahead of their great rival. It will be a fight of maximum intensity on and off the field because political instability continues in Catalonia and public demonstrations are foreseen that could threaten the normal development of the event, and also because the best players in La Liga will be present on the pitch, including Benzema and Leo Messi, once again perfectly balanced as top scorers of the competition with 12 goals. Everything is ready for a great show that will finally take place this Wednesday in front of the eyes of the entire world.
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