In the most eagerly awaited and anticipated clash of the weekend between Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, the later came out victorious once again. Real Madrid which is presently at number 3 in the Liga standings defeated its arch rival and the Liga leader Barcelona 2-1 for second times in five days. It was Sergio Ramos’s goal with a header which proved to be the watch winner.
On Tuesday, Real Madrid had defeated Barcelona 4-2 on aggregate in the King’s cup semi final and the Catalans were looking to avenge the loss. However, it was Karim Benzema who opened the account for Real Madrid in the sixth minute. Twelve minutes later, Messi equalized for Barcelona, scoring 50th goal of the season and 39th goal in league games. It was 16th consecutive match in which Messi has scored at least one goal. Messi also equalized Alfredo Di Stefano’s record of most goals in Al Clasico. He had scored 18 goals in 1950-60. The match was loking for a likely 1-1 draw when in the 82nd minute, Ramos headed the ball into the net from a corner hit by Luka Modric.
It was Barcelona’ first loss to Real Madrid at Bernabeu in league matches in last 4 years. They are 12 points ahead of Atletico Madrid which is at second place. Real Madrid is 13 points behind Barcelona after the win. The win is a big psychological boost for Real Madrid who has to face Manchester United at Old Trafford in the UEFA champions league knock out stage second leg. In the first leg played at Bernabeu, the match was drawn 1-1.