Second half goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo earned El Clasico win for 10 men Real Madrid on Sunday in what was a very exciting game. Gerard Pique had put Barcelona 1-0 up just after the break but Real Madrid came roaring back with two goals of their own.
FC Barcelona took on Real Madrid in the last El Clasico of the season at Camp Nou this saturday night and it turned out a very competitive game. Real Madrid played with a deep defensive line and gave away larger chunk of possession but looked threatening on counter attacks. Barcelona pretty much dominated the first 0-0 half but came to life in second half when Gerard Pique scored from a corner kick to make it 1-0 for the home side.
Sergio Ramos was sent off towards the end of the game taking his fourth red card in El Clasico but that did not bother Real Madrid who countered with numbers and Bale found Ronaldo at the far post who found the back of the net through Claudio Bravo legs after a superb chest control.
FC Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid Highlights
[ SPanish Primera Liga, Saturaday, 02 April 2016 ]
56′ 1 – 0 Gerard Pique headed home from the corner kick just after the break to put Barca 1-0 up.
63′ 1 – 1 Karim Benzema scored with a acrobatic shot after a loppy cross found its way over Pique.
84′ [ Red Card ] Sergio Ramos was sent off for second bookable offense, his fourth in El Clasico
85′ 1 – 2 Cristiano Ronaldo scored with a neat finish late in second half to win the game for real madrid.
A Johan Cruyff tribute started the proceedings in the saturday’s clasico and it was promised to be a much more competitive game than the last time these two meet back in October. First half ended in a 0-0 draw but Barcelona pretty much dominated with superior ball possession and Real Madrid were could just play on the counter from time to time.
Sergio Ramos looked to have brought down Lionel Messi inside the box but referee waved play on while couple of other dodgy decisions kept Real Madrid in the game. After the break Gerard Pique scored the opening goal of the game with a devastating header to put Barcelona in the lead. But Karim Benzema brought Madrid back into the game with a acrobatic shot after Kroos cross was half cleared.
Karim Benzema’s goal opened up the game as both teams went for the kill and we had exciting last half hour where Gareth Bale’s perfectly find headed goal was ruled out for pushing.
Ramos was a lucky boy on the pitch as the footage shows he clearly brought down Messi inside the box but got away with the challege. But his luck was eventually run out when his late lunge on Suarez resulted in second yellow and a sending off.
Real Madrid though took the lead minutes later when Cristiano Ronaldo scored with a superb effort after a good chest control and a finish taking Real madrid 2-1 up at Camp Nou and ended Barcelona’s 39 game unbeaten run.
Team News & Lineups: Reports in Spanish media suggest that Zidane is likely to field a three man midfield with Casemiro, Kroos and Modric starting in central roles while Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Ronaldo to start upfront in three man attack. Ramos and Verane are likely to take the central defense roles.
This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Saturday. We will have more team news 1 day before the start of the game.
Match Predictions: Looking at both teams form its easier to fall into making Barcelona as hot favourites to win this game. Luis Enrique has enjoyed a successful period over Real Madrid and their most recent meeting ended in what was a very one sided 4-0 win for Barcelona at Santiago Bernabue. Luis Suarez was the star of the show scoring a brace while Iniesta and Messi were on target as well. Ronaldo do have a knack of scoring important goals against Barcelona and it might turn out to be last El Clasico for Ronaldo as he is widely tipped to leave Madrid at the end of the season.
Zidane is likely to go with a three man midfield to counter Barcelona’s superior possession and try to hit them on counter attacks with Bale and Ronaldo playing on the flanks. Barcelona’s defense has not been full tested this season and if Real madrid can put themselves together and play as a team they might be able to create a few problem for Pique in company. Having said that with Messi, Neymar and Suarez playing upfront Barcelona will always have goals in them and I expect them to atleast hit the target twice. So I am going with a 2-1 win for Barcelona.