S
SEARCH
M
SW
Wednesday, August 5
Mar 1, 2020 at 8pm UK
Real Madrid
2-0
Barcelona
Junior (71'), Mariano (90')
FT(HT: 0-0)
/esi/1339/6_G_1_105583/index.html?art_id=391477&game_id=105583&sport_id=1&ESI

Result: Real Madrid end Clasico winless run to leapfrog Barcelona at top of table

:Headline: Result: Real Madrid end Clasico winless run to leapfrog Barcelona at top of table: ID:391477: from db_amp
Zinedine Zidane's side now lead the LaLiga standings by one point ahead of Barcelona.

Real Madrid ended their long wait for an El Clasico victory with a 2-0 win against Barcelona to move above their fierce rivals and back to the top of LaLiga.

Barcelona were unbeaten in the previous seven encounters between the two sides in all competitions and had not lost to Real in LaLiga since 2016, but Los Blancos rose to the occasion and put an end to their recent poor form.

A loss at Levante was followed by another defeat to Manchester City in the Champions League in midweek but Zinedine Zidane's side found the perfect response on Sunday night.

Thibaut Courtois had kept Madrid in the match with a handful of fine saves, while at the other end of the pitch Marc-Andre ter Stegen showed his class with a superb stop to deny Isco.

That was before Vinicius made the breakthrough in the 71st minute and substitute Mariano wrapped up the three points in injury time.

Zidane made two changes after the defeat to City, with Luka Modric making way for Toni Kroos in midfield and Marcelo coming in for Ferland Mendy at left-back.

Barcelona boss Quique Setien also made two changes from the team that started the draw at Napoli in the Champions League. Junior Firpo dropped down to the bench as Jordi Alba returned from injury and Arthur replaced Ivan Rakitic.

Lionel Messi's inclusion saw him make a landmark appearance as he became the first Barcelona player to feature in 43 Clasico fixtures, overtaking his former team-mate Xavi.

Vinicius opened the scoring via a deflection off Pique (left) (Manu Fernandez/AP)

Much of the first half was characterised by long spells of possession for Barcelona, but a lack of urgency meant it was without much threat to the Madrid goal.

Madrid's build up play seemed sharper and more incisive and Karim Benzema was inches away from getting a telling touch to Federico Valverde's driven, low cross following a swift counter attack from the hosts.

Messi had been on the periphery of the match for the opening half an hour but suddenly came into the game. First he worked Courtois from a tight angle on his weaker right foot, before breaking clear only to be denied by the goalkeeper again when one-on-one.

The Belgian made a third fine save in quick succession, alertly coming off his line to block Arthur's effort when he was through unchallenged.

Mariano wrapped up the points (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Early in the second half it was the turn of Ter Stegen to produce a world class save as he flung himself to his left to divert Isco's curling shot away from the top corner and wide of the post.

Isco managed to beat Ter Stegen on the hour mark but his header was cleared off the line by Gerard Pique.

Madrid were piling on the pressure and Karim Benzema should have put them in front when he was picked out at the far post by Dani Carvajal, but the striker volleyed the ball wide from six yards out.

Setien introduced new signing Martin Braithwaite from the bench after 69 minutes and the striker's pace immediately gave Barcelona another option as he raced through on goal, only for Courtois to make another huge save.

It proved a vital moment as Madrid went down the other end and opened the scoring. Kroos was given time to pick a pass into Vinicius, who advanced into the penalty area down the left before beating Ter Stegen with a shot that deflected off Pique and into the net at the near post.

Pique had a glorious chance to equalise after 83 minutes when Messi picked him out with a quick free-kick, but the defender got his header wrong and the ball flew harmlessly wide.

Madrid withstood some late pressure but held firm in defence and ensured victory in injury time when Mariano, with his first touches having just come on for Benzema, ran past Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti and beat Ter Stegen with a shot from a tight angle.

amp_article_391477 : Database Data restored...  : 
last updated article - 2020-03-01 22:32:10:
html db last update - 2020-08-05 08:35:07 :

ex - 7200 : read : read cache amp html
Share this article now:
Show comments
La Liga Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CReal Madrid38269370254587
2Barcelona38257686384882
3Atletico MadridAtletico381816451272470
4Sevilla381913654342070
5Villarreal381861463491460
6Real Sociedad38168145648856
7Granada38168145245756
8Getafe381412124337654
9Valencia381411134653-753
10Osasuna381313124654-852
11Athletic Bilbao381312134138351
12Levante38147174753-649
13Real Valladolid38915143243-1142
14EibarEibar38119183956-1742
15Real Betis381011174860-1241
16AlavesAlaves38109193459-2539
17Celta Vigo38716153749-1237
RLeganes38812183051-2136
RMallorca3896234065-2533
REspanyol38510232758-3125
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CLiverpool38323385335299
2Manchester CityMan City382639102356781
3Manchester UnitedMan Utd381812866363066
4Chelsea382061269541566
5Leicester CityLeicester381881267412662
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs3816111161471459
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves381514951401159
8Arsenal381414105648856
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd381412123939054
10Burnley38159144350-754
11Southampton38157165160-952
12Everton381310154456-1249
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle381111163858-2044
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914153954-1541
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
RBournemouth3897224065-2534
RWatford38810203664-2834
RNorwich CityNorwich3856272675-4921
Scroll for more - Tap for full version
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
X

We value your privacy

A part of our GDPR compliance we need to ask for your consent. We and our partners use technology such as cookies on Sports Mole to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology on Sports Mole.