REAL MADRID Edge Barcelona In A Rainy And Windy ‘El Clasico’ To Top La Liga Tonight
Tonight, Saturday 10, saw one of the most important ‘El Clasico’ clashes in many years, as Barcelona, lying second in La Liga, travelled to the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in Madrid, to take on third-placed Real Madrid, with a win for either team taking them to the top of the table, for tonight at least, with Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side travelling to Betis on Sunday.
Six months ago it looked as though the La Liga title was already going to Atletico, but slowly and surely, both Real Madrid and Barcelona have reeled them in, making this a very exciting climax to the season, and a 2-1 victory for Zinedine Zidane’s men sees them topping the table tonight.
Two first-half goals from Karim Benzema after 13 minutes, and then Toni Kroos on 28 minutes, put Madrid in control at the break, but, in a rain-lashed, storm-hit stadium, and with Ronald Koeman at the helm of the opposition, Real could not afford to relax, and, sure enough, in the 60th minute, it was defender Oscar Mingueza scuffing home on the hour mark, to set up a thrilling final stage of the match.
Casemiro picked up two quick bookings and was red-carded, but Zidane’s hosts dug deep and survived a late scare as substitute Ilaix Moriba volleyed a shot in the final moments, that hit the crossbar, with goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen beaten.
The framework of the Real Madrid goal was still shaking when the final whistle went, and so too were some players, freezing cold, and forced to change their shirts during a clásico that unfolded amidst thunder, lightning and driving rain, with the wind whipping through the deserted stadium, as reported by football-espana.net.