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Ronaldo and Bale vs. Messi and Neymar: Who delivered the knockout blow?

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Goal presents a boxing-style head-to-head battle between the Clasico's four biggest names: Lionel Messi and Neymar of Barcelona, and Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

Sunday evening's Liga showdown at the Santiago Bernabeu, which finished 4-3 in favor of the Blaugrana, saw four of the biggest names in world football face off. Who came out on top?

Here's a explanation of how the players are scored:

  • If there is little to separate the players in a round they will be scored 10-10. A narrow win in a round, where there are no goals in the match involving the quartet, will produce a 10-9. If Messi or Neymar score a goal in a round, and Ronaldo and Bale do not, the South American pair will win that round 10-8. If the Blaugrana duo score twice, and their Blancos counterparts do not, Messi and Neymar will win 10-7.
  • The same system is used for assists and for winning a penalty. So, if, in a round, Bale creates a goal and wins a penalty (without taking the penalty), while neither Messi nor Neymar do anything of note, Bale and Ronaldo win that round 10-7.
  • A yellow card results in a one-point deduction. A dive in the penalty area or just outside that is penalized by the referee will lose a player a point, too.
  • At least one of the two pairings will always be awarded a 10 for a round unless all four get booked in the same round, which will result in a 9-9.

Please recognise that these values are different to Goal's Player Ratings and designed to reflect the combat-style judging of a boxing bout. 

Let's go! 



ROUND BY
ROUND

4':
Ronaldo darts towards the Barca box but is tackled. His penalty appeals are turned down
5':
PASS - Bale reads the game well to force the ball to Karim Benzema, who shoots wide
6': Bale lofts a decent ball into Ronaldo, who goes down under a challenge from Dani Alves, but softly
 
9


0-15
mins


10 4': Neymar forces Diego Lopez into a save with a decent effort from a tight angle
7': ASSIST - Messi plays in Andres Iniesta brilliantly and the Barcelona midfielder slams a left-footed effort into the top corner
15': SHOT - Messi beats the offisde trap to go one on one with Lopez but drags his shot wide when he should have done better
 18': SHOT - Ronaldo has a dig from distance but it's all too easy for  Victor Valdes to save
27': SHOT - Ronaldo sends a free kick of his own straight into the Barcelona wall
10 16-30
mins
10 19': PASS - Messi plays in Neymar, who is hounded out of possession in the Madrid box
25': Messi draws a foul from Sergio Ramos as he looks to burst torwards the Madid goal, but puts the resulting free kick into the wall

 32': Bale is fed down the right but goes down too easily and is waved up by the referee
37': Ronaldo runs into the box on the left and looks to take on Pique but the Spain defender gets the better of him
45': Angel Di Maria swings in a ball which Ronaldo tries to volley home but he fails to make proper contact
8 31-45
mins
10
35': Neymar draws the first yellow card of the match aafter going down under a late Di Maria tackle
42': GOAL - Neymar and Messi exchange passes in the Madrid box and  the Argentine slams the ball home to level it up
45': CARD - Bale is booked for a high tackle on Pique
  27 HT
30  
52': PASS -Bale makes a brilliant run through the middle and forces the ball to Benzema, whose shot is well saved by Valdes
53':
GOAL - Ronaldo wins a penalty after going down under a Javier Mascherano tackle on the edge of the area and makes no mistake from the spot
55': SHOT - Ronaldo and Benzema combine to set up Bale, who forces another save from Valdes from a tight angle
10
46-60
mins

8 51': Madrid put the ball out of play after Neymar appears to have been hurt when Di Maria steps on his toe
71': The ball falls kindly to Ronaldo on the edge of the box but his first touch is far too heavy and he gvies up possession
73': Bale picks up the ball on the right and despite having a decent amount of space, he dribbles into nowhere and is dispossessed
8 61-75
mins
10 65': GOAL - Messi cuts Madrid open by playing in Neymar who goes down - perhaps softly - under a challenge from Ramos. The defender is sent off and Messi scores the resulting penalty
69': Neymar is withdrawn in favour of Pedro after a fairly quiet all-round performance
 86': Yellow - Ronaldo goes into the boox after tangling with Javier Mascherano
89': Ronaldo strides forward to try and get Madrid back on level terms but is taken down off the ball
7 76-90
mins
10 84': GOAL - Iniesta goes down in the area and once again, Lionel Messi buries the penalty to put Barca 4-3 up
90': Alves kickstarts a counterattack and crosses towards Messi, but Lopez gets there first
52
TOTAL
58
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