It was the first Clasico without Barca icon Lionel Messi or Real legend Sergio Ramos – who both joined Paris St-Germain in the summer – since 2004.
David Alaba started and finished a counter-attack for the first and Lucas Vazquez got a second in added time.
Sergio Aguero scored his first Barca goal but it was almost the last kick.
Alaba’s goal was the best of the game. The former Bayern Munich defender won the ball from Barca striker Memphis Depay on the edge of his box before starting a counter-attack.
He finished it off by running on to Rodrygo’s pass before slamming a shot across home keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen into the far corner.
It was his first goal for Real Madrid, who he joined in the summer, on his El Clasico debut.
The final two goals came in injury time with Vazquez tapping in after Marco Asensio’s shot was saved by Ter Stegen.
Substitute Aguero buried Sergino Dest’s cross, in what was only Barcelona’s second shot on target, but the final whistle went seconds later.
Madrid ended the day one point behind Real Sociedad at the top after the Basque side drew Sunday’s late game 2-2 with Atletico Madrid.
Afterwards Carlo Ancelotti and Ronald Koeman showed real cordiality and solidarity after Sunday’s Clasico.
The Real Madrid and Barcelona coaches were seen exchanging words after the final whistle, and it was clear that the Italian was showing support for his opposite number, with Koeman enduring a tough time at the Camp Nou this season due to the Catalans’ poor performances and results.
Ancelotti’s celebration at the final whistle was no more than a clenched fist before quickly heading to Koeman to offer a word of encouragement.
“It’s a tough job, you have to keep going,” he said to the Dutchman, showing real empathy. Koeman responded with a smile.
Ancelotti was respectful with his post-match words to the press as well, pointing out that the Blaugrana had played well themselves despite ending the day with nothing to show for their work.
“I’m happy to win El Clasico because it’s the most important match,” Ancelotti said after the game. “They [Barcelona] also played well.
“It wasn’t an easy game, so winning it makes us very happy.”
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 Clasico?
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).