Barcelona is now four points above Real Madrid, and they did it in a way that wasn’t easy, but it certainly was thrilling. The El Clasico match between the two teams ended with Barcelona ahead 2-1, and Luis Suarez hit the deciding goal that gave them the victory over Real Madrid.
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As ESPN reported, the victory kept Barcelona atop the La Liga standings, and it was a victory that came in front of an electric crowd at Camp Nou.
It took just until the 19th minute to get the scoring started, and it was Jeremy Mathieu who put Barcelona up 1-0. Lionel Messi’s free-kick was perfectly placed for Mathieu to drill the header into the back of the net.
At the 31st minute, Real Madrid was able to tie it up thanks to the ever crafty and talented Cristiano Ronaldo. His back-heel kick from Karim Benzema knocked the ball into the net and knotted it at all at one for halftime.
Once into the second half, it didn’t take long for Barcelona to go back up and for good. In the 56th minute, Luis Suarez deciding goal was scored after he kicked in the long ball from Dani Alves. From there, it was all defense and kept the score at 2-1 for the final.
The goal for Jeremy Mathieu was his first in La Liga play, but for Ronaldo? Well, it happened to be his 42nd goal of the season, and that isn’t totally unexpected. Suarez scored his seventh goal in as many games.
Right before halftime, Gareth Bale had a goal ruled out for Real Madrid, per the Guardian. Just as the ball crossed into the net, Ronaldo was ruled offside and it took the score off of the board.
La Liga play will continue as the international break approaches, but looking at a comparison between stars Ronaldo and Messi, some believe there is a clear winner so far.
El Clasico was just that, an absolute classic between Barcelona and Real Madrid, but there could be only one winner. The fans were split and overly hyped for the game, and neither team disappointed.
[Image via Emilia Morenatti — AP]