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Real beat Barca in El Clasico as Man Utd strike late to salvage draw with Chelsea

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Real beat Barca in El Clasico as Man Utd strike late to salvage draw with Chelsea


Welcome to The Corner, our weekly round-up from the world of football.

As expected the first installment of this season’s El Clasico in Spain produced a thrilling encounter.

Meanwhile, in England Manchester United and Chelsea shared the spoils in an entertaining one all draw.

Real Madrid drew first blood in this season’s El Clasico saga beating rivals Barcelona 3-1.

Luis Suarez made his Barcelona bow – after ending his ban for biting at the World Cup – and set up Neymar who fired the Catalan’s into the early lead after just three minutes.

On 35 minutes Gerard Pique handled in the box leaving Cristiano Ronaldo to equalizer for Real from the spot.

Pepe powered in a header from a corner five minutes after the restart to put the capital club in the lead before Karim Benzema put the game to bed 11 minutes later.

It was the first time Barca have conceded any league goals this season.

Old friends Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho enjoyed a pre-match hug and a share of the spoils on Sunday as the Manchester United and Chelsea drew one all in a thrilling encounter at Old Trafford.

Dider Drogba scored his first league goal since March 2012 after his header glanced in off Robin Van Persie early in the second half.

The Blue’s appeared to be heading for the full three points as the game went to stoppage time.

But Van Persie thundered home a rebound on 93 minutes after a powerful Marouane Fellaini header to send the Theatre of Dreams into wild celebrations.

Up and Down

Let’s now have a look at who has made our ‘Up and Down’ list from last week.

On the Up is Luiz Adriano who became only the second player to score five goals in a Champions League game. The Brazilian
helped Shakhtar Donetsk thrash Bate Borisov.

Lionel Messi was the first to achieve the feat in 2012.

Last week it was FIFA this week European football’s governing body Uefa has made the down list.

Uefa appeared to confuse most when it handed Serbia a three nil walk over result following a trouble-hit euro qualifier with Balkan rivals Albania but then docked Serbia three points for their involvement in the brawl.

Also on the down list this week is Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund.

The eight-time champions’ defeat to Hannover at the weekend marked their fourth straight loss and are now without a domestic league win in six games – it might get worse still as Jurgen klopp’s men face champs Bayern Munich next.

On This Day

On this day 70 years ago one of the most beautiful and iconic stadiums in the world was born. Let’s go back in history.

On 27 October 1944, construction began at Real Madrid’s new stadium, the Nuevo Estadio Chamartín.

It has become one of the world’s most famous football venues.

The construction lasted just over three years, resulting in a new 75 000 plus capacity arena.

In December 1947, Real Madrid inaugurated their new home, with a match against Portuguese side Os Belenenses.

In 1955, the club renamed it after former club president Santiago Bernabéu.

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