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Barcelona silence Madrid

Madrid may have spent the GDP of a small to middling nation on new players, but they still can't go to Camp Nou and make an incision in the Barcelona defence. In fact for all their cash splashing, all they've got to show so far is a dismal attempt at Europe and yet another loss to La Liga champions Barça.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the star last night. He had appeared set for little more than a cameo role but came from the bench to crash home the volley that gave Barcelona a dramatic 1-0 victory against Madrid. There was enormous satisfaction too for Barcelona, having held Madrid off for half an hour after Sergio Busquets' red card at 62 minutes. Gigantic performances from the Barcelona defence, led by the astonishing Carles Puyol, gave Barcelona chances even with 10 men.

And with a Hollywood finish for Barça this leaves them 2 points clear of Madrid with 30 points after 12 games in La Liga.

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