Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona: Real win El Clasico, Suarez returns

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In the 169th edition of El Clasico, home side Real Madrid downed bitter rivals Barcelona 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Barca went 1-0 up early through Neymar, but Real surged back with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Karim Benzema sealing an important win for Carlo Ancelotti’s side. Luis Suarez assisted on Neymar’s goal in his comeback match after being out for four months, but Real tore Barca’s defense apart as they climbed to second in the standings behind a largely disappointing Barcelona.

Luis Enrique’s men had the perfect start as Neymar scored inside four minutes to silence the home crowd. A fluid move saw Suarez play a superb cross field ball to his strike partner who jinxed inside and curled home a beauty. 1-0 to Barcelona.

Karim Benzema twice went close for Real as they surged forward in search of an equalizer. Benzema hit the bar and post in quick succession

In the 22nd minute Messi should have scored after a great ball from Neymar on the right found the Argentine six-yards out but somehow Iker Casillas got a touch on the shot from close range and the ball went out for a corner.

Then in the 33rd minute Real were back in the game as Marcelo got to the touchline, pulled the ball pack and Gerard Pique inexlicably blocked the ball with his hand to concede a penalty. Ronaldo stepped up and slotted the PK home for his 21st goal of the season. That was also the first goal Barca had conceded all season and it should have been 2-1 right on half time when Marcelo’s cross found James Rodriguez but he sent his header wide.

Five minutes into the second half Real had turned things around with Pepe heading home after poor marking from Barcelona. 2-1 to Real. Barca came back strong after going behind and Mathieu hammered a shot towards the top corner which Casillas turned away brilliantly.

Real then hit Barca on the counter to make it 3-1, as Isco took out two players with a flick, played it to Ronaldo, who knocked it to James, who set up Benzema to slow home off the post and send the home fans wild. It was 3-1 to Real in the 61st minute and game over.

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Real Madrid: Casillas; Marcelo, Pepe, Ramos, Carvajal; Kroos, Modric (Arbeloa, 89′), James; Isco (Illarramendi, 83′), Benzema (Khedira, 86′), Ronaldo

Goals: Ronaldo (35′), Pepe (50′), Benzema (61′)

Barcelona: Bravo, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Mathieu, Busquets, Xavi (Rakitic, 60′), Iniesta (Roberto, 72′), Neymar, Messi, Suarez (Pedro, 69′)

Goal: Neymar (4′)

VAR allows Man Utd goal, overturns Mane as Liverpool trails at half

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Marcus Rashford has put Manchester United ahead at Liverpool, and the Reds are furious that VAR didn’t reverse the marker.

The English striker was on the business end of a Daniel James cross, which came two moves after Victor Lindelof kicked Divock Origi as the Belgian lost possession with a sloppy touch.

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Scott McTominay picked up the ball and sent James down the right flank. Virgil Van Dijk played off the crosser, and Joel Matip couldn’t clear the effort and it reached Rashford who beat Alisson Becker.

Origi was certainly caught by Lindelof, and no one would’ve blinked had Martin Atkinson ruled it a foul, so perhaps the poor touch is what cost the Belgian his whistle?

VAR again worked against Liverpool minutes later when a long ball over the top glanced off Sadio Mane’s hand before the Senegalese scored a goal. It had a little impact on the play, but the rules are the rules when they are bad ones.

Either way, the Red Devils relish the chance to deny Liverpool its chance at history. The visitors are one win from matching PL records for consecutive wins and away wins.

Tuanzebe injured in warm-ups, Rojo now in Manchester United XI

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Well then.

Manchester United’s announced XI has changed thanks to a presumed injury to center back Axel Tuanzebe.

Marcos Rojo will take the youngster’s place in a back three with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.

Liverpool and United kickoff from Old Trafford at 11:30 a.m. ET (Watch live at on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

The 29-year-old Rojo has played four times this season, but just 30 minutes in the Premier League.

Phil Jones has been added to the bench.

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Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Rojo, Young, Fred, McTominay, Pereira, James, Rashford. Subs: Romero, Mata, Martial, Jones, Greenwood, Garner, Williams.

Liverpool: Alisson, Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Origi, Firmino. Subs: Adrian, Lovren, Milner, Keita, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana.

Lukaku scores 2, celebrates with Conte as Inter Milan bounces back

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If this guy was still in red, Manchester United would have a lot more hope heading into today’s visit from Liverpool.

Romelu Lukaku scored his fourth and fifth Serie A goals of the season on Sunday as Inter Milan outlasted Sassuolo 4-3 at Stadio Citta del Tricolore.

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Lautaro Martinez also scored twice in the win, as Inter rebounded from its loss to Juventus and reclaimed second place. Inter sits a point back of The Old Lady.

Lukaku caused a bit of buzz online when he raced over to manager Antonio Conte following his second goal for a fiery embrace (It’s Conte. Fiery is his thing).

From Football-Italia:

“Conte and I are both team players, so when I score a goal, I want to celebrate with everyone. I am focused only on working and giving my best in every match.”

Inter is home to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in almost a must-win given its slow start to life in the Champions League.

Lukaku, who’s also scored six goals in his last four appearances for Belgium, already has a goal in a Milan Derby and a solid strike partner in Martinez.

He ranks near the top of Inter’s performance charts on WhoScored, chipping in on the defensive end as well.

Watch Live: Manchester United v. Liverpool

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Manchester United chases a notable home win over rivals Liverpool without Paul Pogba and David De Gea, as the visitors look to match a pair of Premier League records on Sunday at Old Trafford (Watch live at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Liverpool can tie the standard for consecutive away Premier League wins (9) while also winning its 18th-straight league match.

There’s a place on the Manchester United bench for Anthony Martial, but there are three center backs in the forms of Harry Maguire, Axel Tuanzebe, and Victor Lindelof.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is not ready for any sort of return.

David De Gea and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have passed fit for United, while Divock Origi starts with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane for Liverpool.

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Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Tuanzebe, Young, Fred, McTominay, Pereira, James, Rashford. Subs: Romero, Mata, Martial, Rojo, Greenwood, Garner, Williams.

Liverpool: Alisson, Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Origi, Firmino. Subs: Adrian, Lovren, Milner, Keita, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana.