El Classico has always been a match to watch out for, and it is a clash between the two biggest team in La Liga (Barcelona vs Real Madrid). Another clash happened on Saturday with the final score showing a three-goal to nothing win to the advantage of Barcelona.
Barcelona was simply a class apart in the match, and though they were not dominant in the first half of the match, a goal from Luiz Suarez and a red card for Carvajal made all that change in the second. Here are some of the high points of the match.
Ronaldo’s disallowed goal and missed efforts
The Portuguese star footballer, five-time Ballon d’Or winner and Real Madrid attacker scored a header in the 2nd minute of the match. But the second official quickly jumped in and stretched out his flag to describe the goal as offside. The goal was automatically canceled to the disappointment of Ronaldo. He had a series of chances which didn’t turn to goal in the first half.
First-half dominance of the Madrid side
Real Madrid definitely controlled the field during the first half of the match. They had a total possession of 59% and made nine attempts on goal. They also had 4 corner kicks.
Paulinho missed opportunity
This was Barcelona’s first real chance to put the ball into the net, but Paulinho effort was turned behind by Keylor Navas. The opportunity was a pinpoint pass from Messi, and the Brazilian couldn’t score with his attempt to tip Navas.
The second half
The second half came, and the tide turned in Barca favor. They were able to score their first goal with Suarez netting a superb goal after a build-up by rakitic from the midfield and an assist from Sergi Roberto. Messi also converted a penalty after Carvajal was sent off for ball handling. The last goal came at the extra time, and it was with an assist from Lionel Messi, who dribbled his way into the box and passed to Alex to put it into the net.
Barcelona is now 14 goals clear of Real Madrid on the league table, and a couple of records were broken by Lionel Messi who performed wonderfully in the match. The records broken are;
Scored more goal than any other players in all classic matches
Only player to score more than 15 goals in 10 consecutive matches.