Vinicius Junior and Mariano Diaz’s goals took them a point clear of their bitter rivals at the top of the Liga table and gave them the better head-to-head record, which could be crucial in such a tight title race.
Certainly, there is little to choose between the two teams, as Sunday’s game showed. This entertaining, end-to-end battle at the Santiago Bernabeu between two clearly flawed teams could have gone either way.
Both sides had chances in a frantic opening to the game, as Antoine Griezmann blazed a great chance over the bar on 23 minutes.
And Real Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois was called into action before the break, to save from Lionel Messi and Arthur Melo.
However, the tide turned after the break, as Real Madrid grew into the game, and Marc Ter Stegen had to pull off a brilliant stop to keep out Isco’s effort on 56 minutes.
With Real Madrid in the ascendancy, they looked to push for a winner in the closing stages, with Brazilian Vincius providing the key breakthrough with 20 minutes to go.
Toni Kroos fed him in behind the Barcelona defence, and he squeezed an effort past Ter Stegen at the near post, via a deflection from Gerard Pique.
Barcelona did look to rally, as Pique headed over the bar on 82 minutes, but the hosts sealed the win in added time.
Diaz, who had only been on the pitch for less than a minute latched onto a long ball forward, and tucked home past Ter Stegen.
El Classico Frequently Asked Questions
What is clasico match?
El Clasico is the term used to refer to football matches between Spain’s most famous and bitterest rivals: FC Barcelona and Real Madrid C.F. The two teams meet twice during a season, with an additional two times in the Copa del Rey, Champions League, and the Supercopa de España, and possibly in the UEFA Super Cup as well
What is the meaning of El Classico?
El Clásico (English: The Classic, Catalan: El clàssic) is a football match between two Spanish rival football clubs, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, in the Spanish football league La Liga. It is one of the most famous football matches in the world
When was the first El Clasico played?
The inaugural El Clasico was played on May 13, 1902. This match was a friendly and played 27 years before the establishment of the La Liga championship in 1929 so not official an ‘El Clasico’ match. Barcelona founder Joan Gamper scored in the match
How many times has Barcelona beat Real Madrid?
Barcelona leads the head-to-head results in competitive matches with 96 wins to Real Madrid’s 95; Barcelona also leads in total matches with 115 wins to Real Madrid’s 99 as of match played on 2 March 2019.
What is the biggest win in El Clasico?
The biggest win in El Clasico came in 1943 in the Copa Del Rey when the Los Blanco thrashed FC Barcelona 11-0 on 13 June, 1943. The second biggest win was another Real Madrid in 1935 which ended 8-2 in a La Liga fixture
Which player has scored the most goals in El Clasico?
In total, Messi has scored 25 goals against Real Madrid – well ahead Los Blancos legends Alfredo di Stéfano (who scored 18 goals against Barcelona) and Cristiano Ronaldo (17).