Real Madrid’s six-point table lead over Barcelona remains thanks to Sergio Ramos’ heroics near both goal lines, as La Liga’s leaders came back to draw 1-1 at Camp Nou on Saturday in the first El Clasico of the season. Luis Suarez gave Barca a second-half lead only to see Ramos claw one back and then save a goal at the death. [ MORE: Latest Premier League standings ] It’s no surprise that Ronaldo was lively, and one of his two shots saved by Ter Stegen after a clever dribble inside the 18. Messi had a moment, too, his free kick dipping around the wall but into the waiting arms of Keylor Navas. [ MORE: Full lineups, stats, box score ] A careful Messi dribble ended with a lofted ball that Luis Suarez
This weekend is one of the most special weekends in European club football when Real Madrid and Barcelona face off in the “El Classico” between Spain’s top two clubs. Barca will need a full three points to keep close to Real Madrid at the top of the standings. A win for Real Madrid would find Barca 9 points behind. SATURDAY, DEC. 3RD Spanish SuperLiga 7:15 am Barcelona vs Real Madrid (beIN SPORTS USA) English Premier League 4:30 am Manchester City vs Chelsea (NBCSN) 7:00 am Crystal Palace vs Southampton (CNBC) 7:00 am Tottenham Hotspur vs Swansea City (NBCSN) 9:30 am West Ham United vs Arsenal (NBC) German Bundesliga 6:30 am Borussia Dortmund vs Borussia M’gladbach (FOX Sports 1) 6:30 am Bayer
By Richard Martin BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez cannot imagine Lionel Messi leaving the Catalan club, despite the Argentine forward stallingover a new contract with the La Liga champions. Xavi is Barca's all-time appearance leader and was the heartbeat of the club's midfield from 1998-2015, spending nine years in the first team alongside Messi, who made his debut in 2004. "I'm in contact with Messi and I think he's happy and satisfied.