Rakitic provides Barca second ‘Clasico’ win in four days at Real Madrid

La Liga leaders Barcelona won a decent and tense ‘Clasico’ 1-0 at Real Madrid capital on a weekday, beating their nice rivals at their Bernabeu home for the second time in four days and moving a staggering twelve points beyond them within the standings.
Croatia international Ivan Rakitic has smitten the sole goal of the sports midway through the primary [*fr1], delivering associate degree ice-cool end over Spanish capital keeper Thibaut Courtois when being tied in by a resourceful locomote Sergi Roberto.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were, for the most part, unbroken quiet in a very back show from the champions during which their defenders Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet were the heroes instead, courageously golf stroke their bodies within the thanks to snuffing out Spanish capital.

The conclusion, that followed Barca’s 3-0 persuade Real in a very Copa del Rey semi-final on Wed, gave them a 10-point lead at the highest over Atletico Spanish capital, UN agency visit Real Sociedad on Sunday and effectively complete third-placed Real’s title hopes.

The win conjointly took Barca earlier than Real within the history books, with ninety-six wins within the ‘Clasico’ to their rivals’ ninety-five, whereas they recorded four consecutive league wins away to Real for the primary time.

Real were left to mirror on a 3rd consecutive home defeat altogether competitions for the primary time since 2004 and currently have just one real objective for this season — holding the Champions League that they need to be monopolized since 2016.

Winning Europe’s biggest prize once more might even be the last probability coach Santiago Solari has of keeping his job as albeit his facet vie well here and within the Cup defeat, losing to Barca double and falling twelve points behind them isn’t one thing Real Spanish capital tend to tolerate.

Madrid was less robbery than in Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat within the cup semi-final second leg and Brazilian juvenile person Vinicius Junior was their most dangerous threat {once once more|once more|another time|yet again|all over again} however was again disappointed by his perverse shooting.

Vinicius molding down Barca’s left facet too soon as Real took the sport to Barca however once the ball fell to Luka Modric, Pique quickly delivered a block to kill the danger, one thing that became a well-recognized sight because the game progressed.

Barca might have taken the lead once Messi barred onto a pass and was clean through on goal, albeit with a troublesome angle, however, his shot drifted wide.

Rakitic found himself in a very similar position shortly later however he unbroken his nerve, sedately break over Courtois to get.

Barca was left fuming at suspension once Real captain Sergio Ramos seemed to strike Messi within the face when winning a tackle however the European at large a booking, though he was shown a yellow card later within the game.

It was a rare moment of the needle in a curiously placid game between Spain’s 2 biggest clubs.

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