Barcelona’s Spanish defender Gerard Pique (L) talks with Real Madrid’s Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior during the Spanish League football match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on March 1, 2020. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)

The first Spanish Clasico of the season between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be played on Saturday 24 October, La Liga said on Tuesday.

The match was originally penciled in for the following day, when the majority of games in the seventh round of the Liga season will be played. It will be behind closed doors at the Camp Nou.

The two giants of the Spanish championship begin their Champions League campaigns a few days earlier.

Barca host Ferencvaros of Hungary on October 20, while Real Madrid is at home to Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine the following day.

Real Madrid leads the La Liga standings after five games, three points ahead of fifth-placed Barcelona.

Real beat Barcelona 2-0 at the Bernabeu in the last meeting between the clubs at the start of January to overtake the Catalan club at the top of La Liga.

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Barcelona, Real Madrid meet for first Clasico of season on October 24