A moment half Luis Suarez strike and Lionel Messi’s punishment, after Dani Carvajal was sent off for handball, helped move Barcelona nine focuses clear of Atletico Madrid at the highest point of La Liga, and expanded their favorable position over protecting champions Real to 14 focuses.
Karim Benzema hit the post and Cristiano Ronaldo missed two great shots in the principal half, however the home side were overwhelmed after the restart in the primary El Clasico meeting of the Spanish association season.
Los Blancos began with Gareth Bale on the seat, and in spite of the fact that he constrained a spare frame Marc-Andre ter Stegen having been expedited following Carvajal’s rejection, the Wales forward was not able start a rebound.
Rather, late substitute Aleix Vidal included further affront in damage time with a third for Barcelona, as his shot from inside the container crushed over the line after Messi’s decreased, notwithstanding the Argentine losing his boot in the development to his 200th help for the club.
It is the first run through Barcelona have won three sequential away class matches at the Bernabeu, and the outcome leaves Zinedine Zidane’s side fourth in the table.
- ‘Manager’ Carvajal sees red in scratch minute
With the second half only nine minutes old, Madrid were left terribly uncovered when Ivan Rakitic was permitted to gone through the core of a midfield that had been set up with containing Messi principal – there were parts for Casemiro, Mateo Kovacic, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.
Rakitic discovered wing-back Sergi Roberto, and Suarez completed the get off freshly for his tenth of the season to give Barcelona the lead – before the diversion’s key minute arrived an additional nine minutes after the fact.
After Messi discovered Suarez with a through pass, the Uruguayan twice had the opportunity to beat Navas in a one-on-one. He was first denied by the manager, at that point saw his shot strike the post.
As the bounce back returned, Paulinho rushed to head on objective and Carvajal intuitively push his turn noticeable all around to piece – Navas would have thought of it as a fine spare.
The Spain safeguard was demonstrated a straight red card, walking out on him hamstrung in their scan for a path back in as Messi hammered the spot-kick into the corner, expanding his count as the best scorer in El Clasico history to 25 objectives in all rivalries.
- Enormous charging, huge distinction
One week after Madrid included a moment progressive Club World Cup title to the two Champions Leagues won in succession under Frenchman Zidane, any expectations of ripping at their way back towards a protection of a year ago’s association title should now be stifled.
They are currently just two directs nearer toward Barcelona than they are to the group’s last three.
Saturday’s match, masterminded a 12:00 GMT commence to pull in as wide a worldwide TV gathering of people as conceivable – Spanish daily paper Mundo Deportivo evaluated there would be 650 million watchers – was an opportunity to limit the hole on Barcelona to eight focuses with triumph.
Those viewing the world over and the 80,264 fans inside the ground saw the home side begin the better, however neglect to make the most of their prevalence.
Inside two minutes Ronaldo gestured in off the crossbar however observed his exertion effectively precluded for offside, before the 2017 Ballon d’Or victor swiped at thin air in the crate with his left foot when set up by Toni Kroos.
With Messi firmly stamped, it was Paulinho who debilitated for Barcelona, twice drawing great recoveries from Keylor Navas before Benzema outmuscled Thomas Vermaelen to stoop and head against the base of the post.
Parcel, yet to compel his way back in to a general beginning space following his most recent spell out harmed, entered one of three changes made by Zidane after his side went down to 10.
He maybe ought to have been more formed when discovered free in the case late on, however this triumph was a merited one for Barca.
Ernesto Valverde’s side stay unbeaten in the group this season – they have won 14 and drawn three since their 5-1 total annihilation by Madrid in the two-legged season-opening Spanish Super Cup in August.