Real Madrid displayed a gritty performance at Camp Nou as they managed a 2-1 comeback win against Barcelona. The win has now cut down the gap between Real and Barca to 7 points.
The Catalans had more of the ball but were never able to create goal-scoring opportunities. Real Madrid’s defensive formation was worth applauding as it kept the much talked about MSN trio at bay.
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Game saw its first goal from a corner kick when Gerard Pique headed home for his team on 56th minute. Barcelona were expected to kick on from there but a Karim Benzema strike leveled the game on 63rd minute.
El Clasico is known for the number of red cards it produces with Sergio Ramos being the regular offender. Ramos was once again shown a red after his second bookable offense. However, Cristiano Ronaldo stunned Camp Nou by scoring the winning goal just seconds after Ramos’ exit.
Ronaldo’s goal and Real Madrid’s dogged defending ensured vital 3 points for Zinedine Zidane who was managing his very first ever El Clasico game. The defeat also brought an end to Barcelona’s 39-game winning run as well.
On the wake of an exhilarating El Clasico affair, we take a look at the best and worst rated players from Camp Nou in our Barcelona vs Real Madrid Player Ratings feature.
Barcelona Player Ratings vs Real Madrid
Bravo (5), Alves (5.5), Pique (6.5), Alba (5), Busquets (6.5), Rakitic (6), Iniesta (6), Messi (5.5), Neymar (5), Suarez (4.5)
It was the quietest night for Messi, Suarez and Neymar combined in a Barcelona shirt. The trio failed to break in to Real’s penalty area and were tightly marked out of the game by Casemiro and Luka Modric.
Real Madrid Player Ratings vs Barcelona
Navas (6.5), Carvajal (6), Ramos (4.5), Pepe (5.5), Marcelo (7), Casemiro (9.5), Modric (6.5), Kroos (6), Bale (7.5), Ronaldo (6.5), Benzema (6)
Man of the Match – Zinedine Zidane’s master stroke was to start with Casemiro for the most important game of his season. The Brazilian is not a typical Samba player who likes to play with flair, but he is someone who loves to break things for his opponents.
He kept Barcelona attackers in his pocket and deserves the 9.5/10 rating in our Barcelona vs Real Madrid Player Ratings feature.
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