Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 1: Luis Suarez and Co Settles El Clasico
Luis Suarez’s second-half strike ensured Barcelona beat Real Madrid 2-1 at Camp Nou to visit four points obvious of the arch-rivals towards the top of La Liga inside a typically enthralling Clasico.
Suarez suffered an unhappy Barca debut once the Catalan giants were beaten 3-1 in the Santiago Bernabeu in October, but acquired revenge by scoring his first goal within the greatest fixture in club football on Sunday to secure three precious points.
Jeremy Mathieu’s first Liga goal for Barca insert them in front within the first half, but Cristiano Ronaldo rounded off an excellent proceed to equalise together with his 42nd goal of year before half-time.
Gareth Bale – much maligned within the game’s build-up – were built with a goal eliminated prior to the break, with Ronaldo just offside, and Suarez’s seventh goal in as numerous games settled it to place Barca in control of the title race heading in to the worldwide break.
Defeat legitimate can result in further questions over Carlo Ancelotti’s future, with reports within the Spanish media claiming the Italian’s job could be threatened by in case of a loss of revenue.
Barca have finally won seven games consecutively as well as their hopes for winning a famous treble are extremely much alive.
Familiar recent struggles before goal returned to haunt Real, though a very billed atmosphere was almost silenced in early stages when Ronaldo’s close-range volley struck the crossbar after Karim Benzema selected him out 11 minutes in.
Isco fired a go narrowly wide in the fringe of the penalty area as Barca were forced to the back feet inside a typically frantic begin with a lot on the line.
But Real’s failure to complete was punished as Barca went in-front after 19 minutes.
Mathieu was the unlikely scorer, evading Sergio Ramos to mind home Lionel Messi’s inviting free-kick with simply his second goal for that club.
An unmarked Neymar in some way unsuccessful to double their lead having a tame finish from the six-yard box and that he is made to pay for when Ronaldo equalised having a well-labored goal soon after the half-hour.
Luka Modric performed the ball forward for Benzema, whose clever first-time backheel permitted Ronaldo to surge in front of Dani Alves and beat Claudio Bravo having a neat finish.
Bale thought he’d put Real in-front, but Ronaldo was adjudged to possess been offside as he nodded her head the ball on for that Wales toward tap in.
The previous Tottenham man should have composed for your disappointment, but fired wide following the ball fell kindly for him within the penalty area late inside a first half by which Ronaldo seemed to be booked for diving.
Real ongoing where they ended following the break and Bravo did well to help keep out Benzema’s strike following the France striker again linked up well with Ronaldo.
Barca were in front 11 minutes in to the other half, though, with Ramos this time around trapped with a ball outrageous from Alves which sent Suarez obvious and also the Uruguay striker demonstrated great control before guiding the ball in to the far corner from the internet having a fine finish.
Just As Real anxiously searched for an equaliser, these were left uncovered behind – Neymar and Messi shooting off-target when well-placed.
A late charge in the visitors unsuccessful to materialise, Jordi Alba and Messi were denied by Iker Casillas within the closing stages as Barca tried to get rid of the game off, but two goals demonstrated to become enough to close a potentially pivotal victory.