Barcelona: For 19 years Real Madrid, one of the most successful clubs in the world of football, had suffered the ignominy of never winning at their greatest rivals Barcelona's Nou Camp Stadium. They straightened that record in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final last night. Barcelona got their first chance as Patrick Kluivert gathered the ball just outside the Madrid area but his low drive went straight into the arms of CÃÂ©sar SÃÂ¡nchez. Meanwhile, Real Madrid looked dangerous at the other end as Roberto Carlos's low cross was turned behind for a corner by Abelardo FernÃÂ¡ndez. Patrick Kluivert almost opened the scoring for Barcelona as he stepped inside IvÃÂ¡n Helguera, beat Michel Salgado but blasted the ball straight at the Madrid keeper. Fabio Rochemback sent in a dipping corner and Luis Enrique rose above Fernando Hierro only for his header to hit the crossbar. RaÃÂºl GonzÃÂ¡lez showed his pace and movement for the first time in the match but Barcelona keeper Roberto Bonano was on hand to claw the ball away. Ten minutes into the second half, Madrid finally broke the deadlock as Makelele carved the defence wide open and Zinedine Zidane raced clear and chipped the keeper into the open net. Two minutes later, Luis Enrique almost drew Barcelona level but his header from a Marc Overmars cross was just centimetres wide of CÃÂ©sar SÃÂ¡nchez's goal. Roberto Carlos showed his pace down the right and sent in a low centre but Guti poked his effort wide from five metres. Javier Saviola brought out a fine save from CÃÂ©sar SÃÂ¡nchez as he shot from close range. Santiago Solari made a superb solo effort but only managed to curl his shot into the body of Bonano. Guti wasted a glorious chance to wrap the game up for Madrid as Zidane fed him with a great pass only for Guti to casually sweep the ball into the arms of Bonano. With time running out, Barcelona's Geovanni sent a volley from full 25 yards out only for Madrid keeper CÃÂ©sar SÃÂ¡nchez to tip the ball on to the crossbar. Two minutes into injury time and Flavio Conceicao broke forward and found Steve McManaman who advanced into the area and calmly lofted the ball over Bonano into the net to score. The 2-0 final score marked a historic win for Real Madrid at Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium for the first time since 1983.
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