Real Madrid edged previous arch-rivals Barcelona 2-1 in El Clasico on Sunday (April 11) to go top of the La Liga table. Karim Benzema broke the impasse within the thirteenth minute along with his ninth purpose in seven league video games, ending Lucas Vazquez’s cross with a back-heel nudge.
Madrid doubled the lead earlier than the half-hour mark when Toni Kroos’ freekick deflected in opposition to Sergino Dest’s again and flew previous Jordi Alba on the road.
Barcelona fought again within the second half in torrential rain, with Oscar Mingueza pulling one again from shut vary. Substitute Ilaix Moriba nearly equalised in stoppage time however hit the crossbar.
Atletico Madrid journey to face Real Betis afterward Sunday and will go again top with some extent. They are at the moment stage with Real on 66, whereas Barcelona are third on 65.
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zBarcelona complained of two penalty choices they weren’t given, with Ferland Mendy clashing with Ousmane Dembele and later Martin Braithwaite within the space.
“I believe everybody noticed the sport, in case you’re a Barcelona fan you are livid, very sad concerning the two refereeing choices,” mentioned an indignant Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman.
“In the primary half we weren’t good in assault or defence, within the second we improved. It’s a really clear penalty, as soon as extra we now have to shut up and settle for it.”
The Barcelona coach later walked out of a pitch-side interview after a reporter didn’t reply his query about whether or not his crew ought to have been given a penalty.
Neither incident was clear minimize, and Madrid might have put the sport to mattress within the first half when Fede Valverde hit the publish with the rating already at 2-0.
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi hit the publish close to the top of the primary half, direct from a nook earlier than Mingueza put his crew again within the recreation after 60 minutes. However, Madrid held on to win an entertaining Clasico regardless of a nervy finale.
“I’m blissful for (the gamers), we made quite a bit of subs as we speak, we suffered however nothing modified,” mentioned Real supervisor Zidane. “They are all dedicated, they usually need to play and that is the nice factor. We have to take pleasure in as we speak and the opposite day,” he mentioned, referring to the crew’s defeat of Liverpool within the Champions League.
“We acquired two good outcomes and we now have to relaxation effectively. I do not know the way the season will finish however we’ll want everybody, we’re bodily on the restrict, it is exhausting for us to end video games,” added Zidane.