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The Daily Dirt: Barcelona crush Real Madrid in El Clásico

Barcelona appear to be the class of Spain once again

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Good morning DSS readers. How was your weekend? Hopefully good. Here's all the soccer/sports news you need to be privy of.

El Clásico. It's undeniably the most recognizable and glamorous rivalry in the world of soccer. Anytime FC Barcelona take on Real Madrid, every soccer fan on the planet stops what they're doing to focus their eyes on Spain. This past weekend's edition of the great rivalry was a little bittersweet with one of the best players to ever play the sport Lionel Messi still recovering from a knee injury.

Despite Messi beginning the match on the bench, the Blaugrana absolutely dominated their most-hated rivals into submission. The dynamic duo of Luis Suarez and Neymar Jr. could not be stopped and the legend, Andres Iniesta was in the midfield pulling the strings of a masterful show. Barcelona prevailed 4-0 in an embarrassing moment for Real Madrid in front of the Bernabeu faithful.

El Clásico, Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona: Preview, Lineups, Updates, News [Barca Blaugranes]

Europe

Manchester City 1-4 Liverpool FC [The Liverpool Offside]

Liverpool demolished City at the Ethiad Stadium to the tune of a 4-1 score line. However it's not all sunshine and roses for LFC as their star man Philippe Coutinho picked up a hamstring injury in the victory.

Chelsea 1-0 Norwich City [WAGNH]

The defending Premier League champs finally win a match and avoid dropping into the relegation zone (seriously).

MLS

Columbus Crew SC win 2-0 at MAPFRE against New York Red Bulls [Massive Report]

The Supporters' Shield winning New York Red Bulls have a very tough hill to climb next weekend when they host the Crew in the return leg of their Conference final matchup.

Portland Timbers Beat FC Dallas 3-1 In Western Conference Final First Leg [Stumptown Footy]

An impressive performance by the Timbers have them in the driver's seat heading to Dallas next Sunday.

What's happening in The A?

The Falcons dropped their fourth game in their last five attempts in a very tough 24-21 loss to the Andrew Luck-less Indianapolis Colts.

Could the Braves be sold soon? Reports seem to suggest so. But I'll believe it when I see it...

The Hawks lost this weekend too. Boo. Is it 2017 yet?