Barcelona, Real Madrid Draw in Scoreless El Clásico

FC Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen in a Liverpool v Barcelona game in 2019. Photo by Paul Greenwood/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (10230624dm)

FC Barcelona and Real Madrid played to a scoreless 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night in an El Clásico matchup that was played two months later than originally planned.

This result keeps the two long-time rivals tied at the top of the La Liga standings just before the midway point of the season. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona have accumulated 36 points in 17 matches, and the league title remains completely up for grabs.

Real Madrid and Barcelona created plenty of goal chances on Wednesday night at Camp Nou, but neither team was ultimately able to get a shot past Marc-Andre ter Stegen or Thibault Courtois.

Zidedine Zidane’s team looked tactically superior to Ernesto Valverde’s squad, and they managed to create a wide variety of goal scoring opportunities. They ended up with seventeen shots (four on goal), but just couldn’t get past a solid performance by the Barcelona keeper.

Barcelona, who looked out of sorts and disconnected at times, didn’t create a huge amount of chances. The team’s only clear goal scoring opportunity was a beautiful Leo Messi setup pass to Jordi Alba, whose shot went wide just before halftime.

For now, La Liga’s top remains as tight as ever. Real Madrid hosts Athletic Bilbao on Sunday while Barcelona welcomes Alaves, and both teams will look to take an advantage in the title race in 2019’s last league game.