Luis Suarez scores the winning goal in Barcelona vs real Madrid El Clasico
Barcelona stay on top of the La Liga points table
The Clásico is always an event to be thoroughly enjoyed, and this edition was no exception, as Barcelona’s attack simply overwhelmed Real Madrid’s defense throughout the course of the match, more than earning all three points in their 2-1 win.
Barcelona have extended their lead at the top of Spain’s La Liga to four points after a 2-1 win over their archrivals Real Madrid. Luis Suarez scored the winning goal, the sixth goal for the Uruguayan in his last seven matches.
Jeremy Mathieu opened the scoring before Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 42nd goal of the season to draw the Madrid club level. But Suarez netted with more than 30 minutes of the game to go and cap off what has been a tremendous recovery from Barcelona under Luis Enrique who was under fire at the turn of the year.
The two teams were greeted on the field by a raucous atmosphere at the Camp Nou, serenaded with an a capella version of the famous El Cant Del Barça. Luis Suarez and Andrés Iniesta combined to good effect with less than two minutes on the clock – a one-two between the pair resulted in the former lifting a cute ball over the top of the Real defense to release the latter.
Ronaldo and Bale appeared to have given Madrid the lead a few minutes before halftime, with a Ronaldo flick-on setting Bale up right in front of goal to fire home, but the assistant referee’s flag went up just as the ball was snapping the back of the net. It seemed that Ronaldo was judged to be off during the buildup, though replays made it appear that Ivan Rakitic was holding him onside, while Bale was a full yard onside when Ronaldo’s flick came his way. Still, despite Madrid’s protests, the match entered halftime with the scoreline level at 1-1. The Catalans worked a second goal on 56 minutes with Dani Alves finding former Liverpool man Suarez who delightfully cushioned the ball under pressure before firing under Casillas from close range. Messi couldn’t get on the scoresheet on 73 minutes, missing the target with a great effort.