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Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid – Match report, player ratings, fan reaction & more

Match report

The latest edition of Spanish football’s most historic fixture played to completion a short time ago.

And, when all was said and done at the Camp Nou, it was Barcelona who emerged with the spoils, to place one hand upon the La Liga title.

Visitors Real Madrid actually took the lead on the night, inside the opening ten minutes of play.

This came upon Vinicius Jr’s delivery across the face of goal being turned into his own net by the altogether unfortunate Ronald Araujo:

On the stroke of the interval, though, Barcelona hit back, in decisive fashion.

After an initial effort inside the visitors’ penalty area was well blocked, the ball found its way to the awaiting Sergi Roberto, who made no mistake in slotting inside Thibaut Courtois’ right-hand post:

In turn, what looked set to prove a late Marco Asensio finish being ruled out by VAR, based on the balance of play, only seemed just.

And this set the stage for the most spectacular of endings in Catalunya’s capital.

This came as Franck Kessie emerged from the bench, to net a last-gasp Barcelona winner.

Surging into the Real penalty area deep into injury-time, Kessie was picked out by Alejandro Balde, before rolling home a confident finish to ensure that all three points remained at the Camp Nou.

Xavi Hernandez and co, in turn, put one hand firmly on the La Liga title, now sitting a full 12 points clear of their Clasico rivals at the division’s summit, with 12 games to play.

Player ratings

Barcelona

Marc-Andre ter Stegen – 6

Ronald Araujo – 6

Jules Kounde – 7

Andreas Christensen – 6.5

Alejandro Balde – 6.5

Sergi Roberto – 7.5

Sergio Busquets – 7

Frenkie De Jong – 8.5

Raphinha – 6.5

Robert Lewandowski – 5.5

Gavi – 6.5

Substitutes: Franck Kessie – 7, Ferran Torres – N/A, Ansu Fati – N/A

Real Madrid

Thibaut Courtois – 6.5

Dani Carvajal – 6

Eder Militao – 6

Antonio Rudiger – 5

Nacho – 5.5

Eduardo Camavinga – 6

Luka Modric – 5

Toni Kroos – 5.5

Federico Valverde – 6

Vinicius Jr. – 5.5

Karim Benzema – 5.5

Substitutes: Rodrygo – 5.5, Ferland Mendy – 5, Aurelien Tchouameni – 5, Marco Asensio – 6, Dani Ceballos – 6

Fan reaction

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