For many, El Clásico is the most highly anticipated football match in the world. FC Barcelona fans weren’t let down this time, as they defeated Real Madrid 1-0 at Santiago Bernabéu this week.
1-0 win against Real Madrid
Led by Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona emerged victorious in an action-packed and nerve-racking game versus their fierce rivals, Real Madrid. Thanks to goal-scorer Ivan Rakitić, the midfielder helped secure a lead through most of the match, chipping a goal over Thibaut Courtois in the 26th minute. Barcelona now leads the head-to-head results against Real Madrid by 96 to 95 in all competitive matches.
Sergio Ramos in the centre of controversy after elbowing Messi
When it comes to rivals playing each other, controversies are bound to happen. This match was no exception, when Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos elbowed Messi in the face. However, the referee’s decision not to give him a card sparked further controversy. After the match, the centre back said, “These things happen. I didn’t mean to catch him but he has taken it badly, and stayed down on the pitch.”
New records for FC Barcelona
It seems FC Barcelona enjoys playing at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, despite resisting the pressure from thousands of voices and being booed by the crowd. Not only did the victory help FC Barcelona become the first team in all of competition history to win three consecutive away games versus Real Madrid, but also made them the first team score a hat-trick of wins at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium.