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Real scores a moral victory

Updated: April 16, 2011, 8:08 PM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

In Part 1 of the Battle for Middle Earth, known colloquially as Real Madrid vs. Barcelona or the Clasico, the Blaugranas may have controlled the ball, but Real controlled the space. For once, it wasn't Barca's mastery of the short pass and possession that stole the show, but Real's masterful remedy for it.

By fielding four defenders and three holding midfielders, Jose Mourinho's Merengues made their intentions ever so clear. They would be lined up ultra-defensively, trading ...

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