Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (R) controls the ball next to Schalke 04's Tim Hoogland during their Champions League last 16 second leg soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid March 18, 2014. (REUTERS/Paul Hanna)
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The 168th La Liga "clasico" between in-form Real Madrid and an erratic Barcelona could see the table-toppers take a big step toward winning the title and sound the death knell for the champions bid for a fifth triumph in six years.Leaders Real host their archrivals at the Bernabeu Sunday in one of football's most emotive occasions, featuring a clash of the world's two richest clubs, the two best players – Real's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barca's Lionel Messi – and watched by hundreds of millions around the world. Real, on 70 points with 10 games left, are in much the better shape going into the match and have put together an unbeaten run of 31 matches in all competitions since they lost 2-1 at Barca in La Liga at the end of October. Barca, four points behind Real in third and a point adrift of surprise packages Atletico Madrid in second, slipped to surprise recent defeats at Real Valladolid and Real Sociedad and badly need a win to reignite their campaign.
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