Real Madrid wins Barcelona in a thrilling El-Clasico display
After a goalless first half in Santiago Bernabeu, the hosts opened the scoring with just 19 minutes left to play thanks to the Brazilian, Vinicius’ distracted strike, before Mariano’s late minute labour secured the win.
As a result of the game, Real Madrid have surpassed the the La Liga defending champions to go a point clear at the top of the league table with 12 matches left to play this season.
Real Madrid came into the fixture having lost the recent four El-Clasico matches at the Spanish capital, while they also saw a hurtful defeat to Manchester City in Santiago Bernabeu in midweek, making this game a much-needed-win battle as far as Los Blancos was concerned.
Nevertheless, it was Barcelona who looked more dangerous in the first part of the games and it wanted a scintillating near-range save from the former Chelsea goalie, Thibaut Courtois to deny Arthur from having the breakthrough in the barren first half.
Zidane’s men came back a more motivated team after the break, though, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen soon performed his goalkeeping duties to get fingertips to remove Isco’s amazing curler behind for a corner and it was Barcelona’ German ‘keeper who was an increasingly busy player in the second period of the game.
Real Madrid’s playmaker was then diverted a not usual headed goal by Gerard Pique’s goal-line clearance, fmaking the visiting team to change patterns by bringing Martin Braithwaite with 20 minutes left to play in the game.
Real Madrid will travel to the Benito Villamarin Stadium to face Real Betis a week on Sunday, 8th March, 2020 at exactly 9pm GMT while Barcelona will welcome Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp on Saturday, 7th March, 2020, 6:30pm GMT.