Real Madrid go top of La Liga after beating Barcelona in rain-soaked ‘El Clasico’


Real Madrid beat rivals Barcelona 2-1 at dwelling in an entertaining, rain-soaked ‘Clasico’ on Saturday to stretch their successful run to 6 video games in all competitions and go top of La Liga for the primary time in three months.

Karim Benzema put the champions in cost at a soggy Alfredo di Stefano stadium with a pleasant backheel in the 14th minute whereas a deflected Toni Kroos free-kick doubled their lead in the twenty eighth.

Barca hit again on the hour mark by Oscar Mingueza and the defender nearly discovered the equaliser afterward, whereas the Catalans had an enormous penalty enchantment waved away when Martin Braithwaite fell following a problem by Ferland Mendy.

Real midfielder Casemiro was despatched off in stoppage time for selecting up two yellow playing cards in the area of a minute whereas Barca substitute Ilaix Moriba hit the crossbar in the fourth minute of added time.

The hosts survived the nail-biting end to finish the double over Barca in a league season for the primary time since 2008 and spherical off a sensational week after beating Liverpool 3-1 in a Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday.

“This is a huge win for us, you could say that it was as important as a final but we’ll have to keep on fighting for a while yet,” stated Real defender Nacho.

“We were excellent on the counterattack, we knew they would want the ball and could do us damage with it but we got a two-goal advantage which put us in a very strong position.”

Zinedine Zidane’s facet joined Atletico Madrid on 66 factors and moved top of the desk, though Atletico can reclaim first place once they go to Real Betis on Sunday.

Barca, who misplaced for the primary time in the league since early December, dropped to 3rd on 65.


Barca appeared to dominate possession however have been powerless to manage Real’s counterattacks and went behind when Federico Valverde hurdled a Jordi Alba deal with to shuttle down the pitch, feeding Lucas Vazquez whose low cross was turned in by Benzema’s elegant backheel.

Real caught Barca out on the break once more when Vinicius Jr. raced on to a Luka Modric move and was felled by Ronald Araujo. The free kick was in excellent vary for Kroos, whose shot bounced off the again of Sergino Dest to wrong-foot Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Real have been inches away from scoring a 3rd when Valverde once more tore down Barca’s left-hand facet and smacked the far put up, Vazquez pouncing on the rebound however capturing straight at Ter Stegen.

Barca barely precipitated Real any hassle till the top of the primary half, when Lionel Messi hit the far put up straight from a nook. The Argentine had a greater probability moments later from inside the world however couldn’t beat Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois.

Koeman took decisive motion at halftime, throwing on Antoine Griezmann for Dest and the French substitute helped pull Barca again into competition, enjoying a dummy which led to Mingueza scoring.

The torrential rain precipitated Messi to alter his soaked shirt late in the sport and the slippery situations helped arrange the frantic end, however Real weathered the storm.


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