Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 8/23/12
It was hard to know who should be happier here tonight. Barcelona had shown some thrilling attacking football when replying to Cristiano Ronaldo's opener for Real Madrid to lead 3-1 with time running out. But Víctor Valdes howler and Ángel Di María's quick thinking had given Madrid a second away goal and left the tie nicely balanced ahead of next Wednesday's second leg at Real's Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Such drama is expected in El Clásico , but drama had seemed a long way off after a goalless first half. Instead the game seemed to be following the line pushed by the two team's coaches -- Tito Vilanova and Jose Mourinho -- in the build-up, when they had attempted to play down the previous animosity between the teams. The local media had also took this approach -- but none of the 91,728 fans inside Camp Nou tonight (99% of them supporting the home team) were likely to have followed suit. There was, of course, Mourinho's 'poke in the eye' of then Barca assistant coach Vilanova du...
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